Cute home with distinctive design hits the market in Arcadia


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This home has just been listed for sale in Arcadia

It is a style of architecture that has its fans and also its critics, but one Arcadia family is hoping buyers may fall in love with this classic A-frame residence.

The renovated two bedroom cottage, with its distinctive teepee-shape design, is set on 4.8ha bushland estate just half an hour from both Castle Hill and Hornsby.

There is also another separate single level two cottage on the acreage, which has just been listed for sale with a price guide of $1.49m.

The bedroom leads out to a balcony on the top floor

“It is small but cute — it has been very well done,” said agent Keith Hilliard from McGrath Estate Agents.

“This isn’t your average sale because both homes on the property only have two bedrooms which makes it hard for families, while downsizers don’t really want to be living on 12 acres — so it is a bit of a catch 22.

“It is only five minutes from Berowra Waters with its restaurants, fishing, boat ramp and moorings for big and small vessels as well as having quick access to the Central Coast.”

The trend for A-frame homes began in Amercia in the 1950s with the design used for holiday cabins. It didn’t take long for the affordable structures to appear in Australia, particularly as weekenders in coastal and mountain areas. Its popularity, however, started to wane by the 1980s.

The view from the top of the A-frame home

Mr Hilliard said there are few A-frame homes left in the Hills district.

The owners fell in love with the pyramid-shape structure and totally transformed its interior.

A modern kitchen was added with Shaker style cabinets, subway tiles and a freestanding gas cooker. There is also a new bathroom as well as timber floors and a combustion fireplace in the lounge room.

The bedrooms are located on the upper level of the home, with one leading out to its own balcony with views out over the property.

The downstairs area has a combustion fireplace

“When you sit out there, you are looking out into a valley of trees and wild life — there are all the birds you can think of as well as possums and wallabies,” Mr Hilliard said.

“It is ideal for someone who wants to get back to nature.”

The kitchen features a large gas cooker

Arcadia is a popular suburb for horse lovers. There is potential to clear around two acres at the front of the estate, with Council already earmarking which trees could be removed.

Mr Hilliard said there is also potential to extend either home or build a new one on the property, subject to approval.

There is a separate two bedroom cottage on the property

Latest figures from CoreLogic show there was just nine house sales in Arcadia last year.

Recent sales include 130a Arcadia Rd, a residential home on 879 sqm which sold last month for $900,000 and 172 Arcadia Rd, a 2ha property, which sold for $1.62m in December last year.

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