Style icon Stuart Membery selling plantation style Bali getaway


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Stuart Membery is bidding farewell to his Bali home.

The globetrotting Stuart Membery, a style icon for four decades, is selling Monkey Palm, his Bali bolthole.

The fashion designer-turned property stylist bought the restoration project in 2004, a year after visiting Bali and falling in love with the ­Indonesian island.

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Monkey Palm was a challenging project from the outset.

“It was a wreck. Deplorable. It had no roof at all — but I loved it,” Membery told The Daily Telegraph.

It became his signature property design showpiece which has since been embraced on projects by many of his clients across Bali.

A hidden paradise among the palm trees. Picture: Nick Leary for Vogue Living

The four-bedroom, plantation-style compound, which has appeared in Vogue Living, has a clean blue-and-white facade and covers 445 sqm of building space on 1820 sqm of land off a quiet laneway in bustling Seminyak.

Membery runs Stuart Membery Architecture in Bali where he spends around six months a year. His work takes him all over the globe.

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“I was in the Middle East for months on a big-deal project last year and this year I’ll be spending a lot of time in Singapore — I’m a ­worker,” Membrey said.

He has no intention of quitting Bali because when Monkey Palm sells, he intends to relocate to Pineapple Hill, another four-bedroom property he has renovated over the years.

For him the sale of Monkey Palm is almost a predestined event of perpetual self-reinvention — a process he enjoys.

The picturesque home sits on 1820 sqm of land. Picture: Nick Leary for Vogue Living

“I look forward to continuing to evolve,” Membery said.

Ray White Cottesloe agent Deb Brady is marketing the home at $975,000 in conjunction with Iggy Damiani at 1st City Sydney, and Harcourts Indonesia and Exotiq Bali.

Brady said representing Membery and his property was quite exceptional.

“I’ve been a great fan of his for years, from back when he first started in ­fashion,” Brady said.

“The Membery name is synonymous with style, and the property is simply as beautiful as you would ­expect.”

Indonesian law states that ­foreigners can’t own land, so Monkey Palms is being offered with a 22-year lease in place, with a 10-year extension available.

Membery believes he knows the type of person who will take over his home.

“I know who my market is — I’ve always known my demographic,” he said. “Baby Boomers, because I’m one of them!”

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