Four houses at Mitala Newport completed with one set for a record price

Four houses at Mitala Newport completed with one set for a record price
Four houses at Mitala Newport completed with one set for a record price

Mitala Newport, a collection of four luxury freestanding houses, have been completed on the dress circle address of the Sydney northern beaches suburb.

They are located on Mitala Street which leads to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

The designer homes are the work of architect Mark Hurcum, who, along with a local family, paid just over $6.1 million for the sprawling Pine Lodge in 2017.

Pine Lodge, on a 3,665 square metre landholding looking across Pittwater, had been held by the Gee family for 60 years.

There was a gracious old sandstone cottage, plus timber cabin, pool, boatshed, timber jetty, ramp and pontoon.

All of the buildings on the property were demolished, and now stand four stylishly modern homes, each offering a different floor plan and facade. 

Four houses at Mitala Newport completed with one set for a record price
The covered terrace of 6A Mitala Street.

Constructed by Cutting Edge Building, they sit in gardens landscaped by Cameron Lester.

Hurcum said Mitala Newport was designed and constructed as a celebration of the art of living.

He said the site is ideally sited in a protected enclave at the southern end of Pittwater.

It sits between and within walking distance of the Royal Motor Yacht Club and the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

"Unlike many Pittwater waterfront sites, the waterfront is easily accessible," Harcrum said.

"It is a great location for activity and contemplation

"The amenity is apartment like, one level living and lift access but with house amenity in terms of privacy, guest and family accommodation, large three car garage and abundant storage.

"Each dwelling has private, useable and low maintenance gardens with a range of micro-climates and landscape. Each has its own private lap pool.

"These buildings are about place and environment. As such the native and nautical environment have inspired the buildings.

"The aim was to create buildings that had the feeling of living on a luxury yacht In a secluded and private harbour, at one with the environment, maximising its benefits and maintaining control over it.

"This is the ultimate sea change but still directly connected to the city."

Three of the four homes, currently known as 6, 6A (pictured above and below) and 8, have been listed for sale through LJ Hooker Palm Beach agents Peter Robinson and David Edwards.

Four houses at Mitala Newport completed with one set for a record price
The interiors of 6A Mitala Street

They're asking for offers in the region of $5 million for the two non-waterfront 6A and 8A, while number six, one of the two waterfronts, will be priced at a record $10 million.

Hurcum is keeping the fourth freestanding home as his own.

"He loves the design and location so much he decided that is where he would like to live," Robinson said.

Each residence is configured differently, but all have the potential to be set up with four bedrooms.

The kitchen, living and dining areas in the non-waterfront homes have been designed on the second level to take advantage of the water views. 

Four houses at Mitala Newport completed with one set for a record price
The modern kitchen of 6A Mitala Street designed by Mark Hurcum.

The waterfront number six, with its primary living space on the ground floor, opens to a terrace complete with a heated lap pool that looks across its private landscaped surrounds.

Dissecting the four unique homes is a path that leads to a communal jetty which has deep water mooring. 

Peninsula locals say there hasn't been the attention to details since John David's Palm Beach triplex, a collaboration between Wally Barda and Thomas Hamel.

The triplex villa project on Palm Beach's Snapperman Beach, The Boatshed won the villa development of the year award at the Housing Industry Association's national awards.

Roderic David oversaw the development of the Iluka Road property with curved roof lines that hint at the bow of a ship.

Newport's highest residential house sale has stood since 2008 when Brook Adcock, who founded private equity firm Adcock Private Equity, spent $14.6 million on the Prince Alfred Parade dress circle on Pittwater. 

Australian golfer Craig Parry is likely to be spending more time around Newport, having recently sold his Birchgrove harbourfront home for around $10 million.

Parry first bought onto Mitala Street in 2003, spending $3.21 million on a five bedroom home with a pool. A year later he added bought the house behind it for $835,000, taking his total on the street to over 1,900 square metres.

His house sits next door to the the project.

The most noteworthy of new homes on Pittwater include model Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall's home that cost them $2 million plus to build, following their $4 million outlay.

The contemporary home not sits on its 3,260 square metres with landscaping by Secret Gardens.

It has four storeys, five bedrooms, a swimming pool and a sunken lounge on a lower level which is virtually on the foreshore.

There's also a home office, a home theatre and a gym.

Just around the corner in Avalon, the waterfront has seen a number of substantial home builds in recent years.

Dick Smith's founder Richard Smith quietly spent $4.85 million on a home on the Riverview Road dress circle in 2014 and commissioned a new home.

Down the road Hurcum designed an ultra-modern waterfront with aeroplane like wings that jutt out of the home.

Also known as Dakota House, the home sits in gardens designed by Jamie Durie which feature its own amphitheater-like space.

Last year a home designed by Hurcum in Narrabeen, dubbed Narrabeen House, sold for a suburb record $7.55 million, breaking the previous record by more than $2 million.

This article was first published in the Weekend Australian.


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