Prestige Property: 17 Truro Place, City Beach, WA
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Prestige Property: 17 Truro Place, City Beach, WA

A contemporary exercise in raw refinement.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 2:14pmGrey Clock 2 min

Located at the highest point of south City Beach comes this inspiring, Hillam architects designed residence atop an expansive 948sqm plot.

The striking, three-storey, 6-bedroom, 7-bathroom, 9-car garage residence is a bold architectural statement utilising a restrained palate of materials including a mixture of raw and polished concrete, natural stone and local hardwoods.

A yellow string bark pathway leads to a ground floor entry foyer which leads to the ground floor living, cabana, bedrooms and gym wing while showcasing the staircase replete with Jarrah hardwood steps and reo bar stair rods.

Upstairs to the first floor, the orientation of the living spaces is designed to absorb the views of the Indian Ocean. The flow continues into the kitchen, family living, butler’s pantry, herb garden, theatre room and connected alfresco entertainment space – alongside private access to the master suite.

The kitchen is fitted with a unique blend of aged chestnut and satin black timbers, concrete and porcelain worktops alongside designed appliances from Sub Zero, Wolf, Siemen and Miele.

The family living space retains the restrained aesthetic with chestnut timber cabinetry, textured concrete and stone mosaics decorating the space. The full-height glazing opens to the ocean views, pool area and balcony entertainment space.

Elsewhere on the first level sees the master suite which is replete with dressing room and an enormous master ensuite complete with a 7-metre long lightwell, Falper sinks and custom cut, bookmatched tiles.

Pietra Oscura Natural matte porcelain tiles ooze luxury across the main levels, with areas of underfloor heating, touch curtains and motorised blinds adding the long-list of mod-cons available.

The ground floor sees a granite alfresco area with pool, spa, and cabana zone as well as a large office enjoys.

Accommodation is providing in the form of three bedrooms that flow to the rear with combinations of ensuite, bathrooms and walk-in-robes while an additional guest suite is available here.

The basement sees yet another guest suite with walk-in-robe, and ensuite alongside a music room, cellar area, and a 9-bay parking garage.

The residence enjoys close proximity to Perth’s beaches, open air cafes while still being 10km from Perth’s CBD.

The listing is with Edison McGrath’s Christopher Dee (+61 413 133 499); POA. edisonmcgrath.com.au

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