Supersize me

When it comes to property, size matters. And when it comes to New Territories houses, anything that breaks the mould of the now-mandatory 700 sqft footprint instantly stands out. Add a European-style pitched roof instead of the usual flat-top and you simply stop and stare.

Welcome to Silverstrand House, a sprawling 1977 property of more than 3,000 sqft in one of the area’s most convenient locations.

It luxuriates in its spaciousness. Following a recent renovation, everything in the house has been super-sized, from the extra-wide front door to the whacking double Fisher & Paykel fridges. In a world of mini apartments and space-saving gadgets, the generous size of the house and everything in it is a welcome change of scale.

Off the large entrance foyer lies a huge rumpus room, used as a children’s playroom during the day and as a home theatre for grown-ups after bedtime. A push of a button sees a screen and a projector drop down from the ceiling – just add popcorn.

Up a wide oak staircase, the first floor opens along its entire length to the terraced garden. It’s open plan but with enough walls left standing so that each area is well defined. Hi-tech and luxurious, the kitchen has double ovens, banks of glossy units and a huge island, with a hob and enough space to seat the Von Trapp kids.

The dining area, highlighted by an avant-garde light fitting above the modern dark-veneer dining table, is conveniently positioned close to the kitchen – but not so close you can see the pots and pans piled up during a dinner party.

Nearby is the living room, made cosy through pattern and texture. A squishy sofa nestles up to a wall papered in a modern tree print, with two groovy cowhide chairs for good measure. Also on this floor are two en-suite bedrooms, each given its own identity with wall decals and oversized light fittings for an Alice in Wonderland atmosphere.

Making good use of the space beneath the open staircase is a homework “nook”, on a pebbly wool carpet. A painting on the staircase, like the art throughout so much of the house, has spectacular dimensions.

Upstairs, a large master suite is accessed through a private study, and features a walk-in wardrobe and drop-dead gorgeous wet room, with a tropical rain shower, oval bathtub and slate walls.

Two further bedrooms on this floor have secret access to a small courtyard, and a real highlight is an oversized circular bathtub crammed into its own tiny space. Outside, the completely private garden has a large lawn on an upper level with plenty of space on the first-floor terrace for tables, chairs and play equipment for several children on bikes, trikes and other ankle-bashing ride-on toys.

Tucked into a quiet cul de sac minutes from Silverstrand beach and the Sunshine House pre-school, it’s the sort of home your family will never grow out of.

For more details, contact Megan Inglis at Sotheby’s International Realty, 9819 7870.

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