Beaumaris: Healthy home for sale in prized Deauville Estate

Asthma-friendly carpet and insulation that prevents humidity are among the perks of this modernist-inspired Beaumaris home designed to feature “clean air and water”.

The houseproud residents of Beaumaris’s Deauville Estate gave this home their “tick of approval” when it was completed eight years ago – and that was no mean feat.

Linda Zammit said she and her husband chose the coveted Deauville St to build their four-bedroom residence because it had a single-dwelling covenant that protected its character.

With that choice came the responsibility to create an abode that fit the streetscape.

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“The locals treasure their homes, and they don’t like seeing mid-century houses knocked down,” Ms Zammit said.

“We were inspired by Beaumaris’s mid-century homes (and) we feel we created something pretty special that’s in keeping with the location.

“We were newbies on the street, but I think we got the neighbours’ tick of approval.”

The other main aim of the well-considered build was to craft a “healthy home” that was kind to her allergies and asthma.

As such, she and her husband were hands-on throughout the process, preparing a design for an architect to draw up and selecting materials for the builders to use.

The U-shaped, single-storey house was “two to three years in the planning” and took about another year to build, on a 725sq m block a short stroll from the beach.

Now, after sharing the 11 Deauville St property with their son and occasionally Ms Zammit’s mother for the better part of a decade, they have listed it with a $3.45m-$3.65m price guide.

While the notion of a new car smell appealed to many people, the vendor said she had been determined to avoid “that new home odour” that “comes from all the chemicals and toxins in the air”.

They did so by ensuring the design allowed for cross ventilation. “The sea breeze comes through, but you’re not being battered by winds,” Ms Zammit said.

Double layers of pure wool insulation also prevent humidity and moisture building up, allowing the house to breathe.

The paint contains no volatile organic compounds, the heating is hydronic, the carpet is asthma approved, and the blackbutt timber flooring is finished with a water-based, non-toxic Bona sealer.

“Every drop of water that comes into the home also goes through filtration, whether you’re in the shower or having a glass of water,” Ms Zammit said.

“While we were building the house, I started to study interior design. That helped me understand how to source the best materials.

“We wanted clean air and clean water.”

Seamless indoor-outdoor flow is another key feature of the design.

The house wraps around a covered alfresco deck and a natural living pond, while a self-cleaning pool, a guesthouse and a garden watered by on-site tanks complete the landholding.

“Whether we’re inside or out, there’s always water and greenery around,” Ms Zammit said. She said almost all of the 28 goldfish she and her husband added to the pond when they moved in were still swimming around it today.

“It has its own little eco system,” she said.

The house was a great place to host parties, while also acting as a “cocoon” to be exceptionally private, Ms Zammit said.

Belle Property listing agent Fran Harkin described the pad as being “tucked away from the world”.

“When you’re in the back garden, no one can see in,” Ms Harkin said. “For suburbia today, I feel that’s pretty rare.”

The property’s expressions of interest campaign closes December 13.

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