Bowral property designed by Glenn Murcutt hits the market
Design junkies rejoice, the rare opportunity to own a genuine Murcutt creation has just surfaced in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
For those who aren’t connoisseurs of architecture, here’s a crash course — Glenn Murcutt is a home grown “starchitect” and the only Aussie to ever win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, one of the highest distinctions in the design world.
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His homes don’t often hit the market but when they do, buyers can expect a pretty significant price tag. This contemporary Bowral homestead on a sprawling 40ha off Old South Rd is expected to sell for more than $6 million through Ben Olofsen of The Agency.
“This home was designed by one of Australia’s most well-known architects — it really is a one of a kind property,” Mr Olofsen said.
The designer home on the Beacon Hill estate just 7kms from town was completed in 1991 for the late Justice Roderick Pitt Meagher and his wife, Penny.
Meagher, AO and QC, served as president of the NSW Bar Association from 1979 to 1881 and was a Justice of the NSW Supreme Court from 1989 until his retirement in 2004. He was also a descendant of William Pitt the Younger, former UK Prime Minister.
In the 1960s, Elma Penelope “Penny” Meagher became the director of the Macquarie Galleries in Sydney.
The Beacon Hill estate, which was the Sydney couple’s high-end weekender, was named after a World War II radio beacon which once stood nearby on its highest point to transmit radio signals from Sydney to Canberra.
It was designed to capture the picturesque natural landscape so much of the home, which features wide walls of panoramic glass, has sweeping views. This connection to nature was one of Murcutt’s strong suits and it was for his innovative and environmentally sensitive buildings that earned him the 2002 Pritzker gong.
“It’s on a large land holding in an exclusive enclave overlooking Mittagong and Bowral and the way is has been design, it really fit into the local landscape,” Mr Olofsen said.
Known for his dedication to light, nature and minimalism Murcutt’s Casa Meagher (as it has been affectionately named) is a showcase of his memorable work.
Several years ago the owners completed a thorough and sympathetic renovation and extension.
“It has been updated and there has been careful attention paid to naturally blending in with Murcutt’s design so you wouldn’t spot the difference really,” he said.
The private residence, which is surrounded by leafy gums, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a separate studio space with its own fireplace, multiple internal and external living areas as well as a gym, sauna, play room, heated pool and spa.
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In the spacious open plan kitchen there is a long freestanding island bench, gourmet appliances and streamline access to the grand courtyard dining area.
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Additional designer features include electric opening windows and sun blinds with wind sensor retraction capabilities, low grounds and fully-fenced grazing land that includes horse paddocks, arenas and stables, plus natural springs, droughtproof dams, sheds and storage areas.