Athelstan Street

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The Site

Perched on a rare 553sqm corner site in Cottesloe, this subdivided, south facing block within enviable walking distance of the beach makes an appealing proposition on paper. However, there were certain limitations, which had dissuaded other buyers.
Cottesloe’s signature Norfolk Pine trees and a Queensland Box Tree dominated the front and side verges, which raised concerns around the ability to gain access for a driveway.

Second to that, a heritage building with questionable foundations straddled one of the boundaries, posing a risk that had clearly concerned some buyers. However, the owners and our team saw the potential in the 2m sloping block and set about turning it into the perfect canvas for a new family home.


The family of four were longer-term Cottesloe residents, however they aspired to upgrade to a more family-friendly home that would better cater to their teenage children’s needs.
They sought a home to invest in not only to suit their family lifestyle at the time, but to make an appealing proposition for buyers should they choose to sell the valuable asset in future. They briefed our team for a three-car garage, a kitchen with a scullery, an office that could double as an occasional guest room for visiting family, three additional bedrooms including a master suite and two living areas for flexibility. A must was a 40sqm games room to house a pool table, chill out area, and a functional bar which opened to a lap pool via servery windows.
Athelstan Rd


Our consultation process converted what was deemed a challenging site into a beautifully leveled building envelope on which to commence the client’s new family home build.
Being well versed in negotiations, we consulted with the Cottesloe Council on behalf of our clients to grant driveway access, which varied from the written form of council policy. We developed a strategy that included site levels, and so consultation with the neighbours ensured a suitable retaining plan and shoring methods for the encroaching heritage structure were established early.

All bedrooms were positioned upstairs to allocate the maximum space for living and entertaining spaces on the ground floor. This consists of the study/guest, kitchen and living zone, and games room adjoining the alfresco entertaining area. The design encouraged a seamless connection between the bar and the semi-submerged pool, which was cleverly executed to double as a retaining bolster for the questionable foundations of the neighbouring heritage building.

The family enjoyed a few years of comfortable living, before recently selling the property on to another family for a very handsome profit!