Hewett Rise is one of Albany’s best-kept secrets with its beautiful upmarket homes and incredible views. It’s a neighbour-friendly, short cul-de-sac with little traffic where on still nights you can hear the surf and cows mooing in the nearby fields while enjoying the twinkling lights over Albany.
The master suite is at the front of the home so you can enjoy the views over the sea from the comfort of your bed while a neighbour’s palm tree is a good indicator of wind speed to decide whether to go fishing or not! A full wall of built-in cupboards (his and hers) and a gorgeous en-suite with a spa bath, shower, basin and separate loo completes the picture.
Early morning, while the sun rises in dappled yellow, orange, pinks and reds over the sea, the owners check the shipping arrivals in the sound from the family room – the grain ships, navy boats, submarines and fishing trawlers. By adjusting the telescope, you can see the ship names and where the fishing boats are headed. The cosy family room is also ideal to watch lightning shows and the sea pounding the shore during winter storms.
Breakfast is usually enjoyed on the plant-filled, north-facing rear deck overlooking the gorgeous back garden. The calming effect of the waterfall sounds, the antics of the birds at the bird feeder and birdbath and the graceful gliding of the goldfish amongst the waterlilies in the pond heralds the beginning of another blessed day. A nesting box on the side of the patio is home to Mr and Ms Rosella, who anxiously wait for their babies to attempt their first flights, while frogs languidly bake in the sun around the pond before heading back to enjoy more hydrotherapy, wrapped in a warm cloud of bubbles under the waterfall.
The home is simply stunning with large entertainment areas effortlessly flowing through the right-hand side of the home, while the beautiful bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry are on the left.
Walking up to the home through the burst of colour in the front garden you can’t help but stare at the views from the front patio before knocking on the gorgeous stained-glass door. This view is absolutely guaranteed as the neighbour’s property has a building height restriction on it, in favour of 18 Hewett.
Bedroom 1 or the office is left at entry, a corridor leads straight ahead to the massive open plan lounge/dining area and immediately to the right is the family room overlooking the ocean.
The family room is very generous in size at 21.36 m2 with huge glass windows in the corner facing towards the sea so you can enjoy the views wherever you’re seated. It leads through to a fabulous library before spilling out into the open plan area at the rear.
The massive lounge/dining area of approximately 60.29 m2 can be accessed through the main passage, library and also from the left-hand side corridor where the bedrooms are situated. This room leads out to the gorgeous back patio, enlarged to accommodate long table lunches with friends and family.
The modern kitchen protrudes in order to take advantage of natural light and stunning ocean views. To the left, you have views of beautiful white climbing roses and to the right, you overlook the colourful front garden. High-end appliances were installed – a Miele oven and dishwasher and a Smeg gas hob, with lots of cupboard and bench spaces and a double pantry to keep the chef happy.
The western side corridor leads from the master suite to bedroom 2 while a large, full family bathroom in beautiful neutral tones services this area. A good size laundry with a separate toilet is next to the family bathroom with lots of linen and storage cupboards dotted along the corridor. At the far end are two gorgeous bedrooms overlooking the gorgeous back garden. All bedrooms have built-in cupboards bar bedroom 1/office. The bedroom backing onto the rear deck has a gorgeous little round window above the bed – a builders’ mistake that turned out to be the best addition ever.
Just past the entrance is a lobby with steps down to the undercroft area. The massive garages recently had new Merlin doors installed and includes a big workspace – roughly 69 m2 in total. At the back of the garages is an art studio or games room of around 32 m2, complete with its own toilet and basin. Extra secure parking can be found at the side of the home, behind the gate. The current caravan parked there is 8.5 metres long and the boat 7 metres – with room to spare behind it.
Behind the studio, you’ll find 3 x 3,000-litre poly rainwater tanks servicing the whole house. When the tanks are low the normal scheme water is triggered or you can switch over to the scheme when you have lots of visitors. The rainwater is collected from the roof and enters a German-made centrifugal filter which discards all large particles. The on/off switch can be controlled from the back deck. There is also a dedicated water filter located under the kitchen sink for drinking water. This filter has a particle filter as well as a biological filter.
The garden is a delight in spring and summer but is low maintenance, especially in the cooler months. There are lots of lovely scents with the lavender hedge, carnations and roses. Hardy perennials form the backbone of the garden while self-seeding annuals pop up each year to fill it with colour and a myriad of flowers. There are always a few surprises each year – huge, fluffy purple poppies and delicate “granny bonnets”. The garden has twice won awards for the ‘Best Waterwise Garden” in Albany.
This house has been the heart of many family get-togethers, parties and workshops. It has the capacity and space for entertaining many guests and provides a fantastic family lifestyle. It has seen a lot of joy, much laughter and is very obviously well-loved.
Qualified buyers are invited to contact the exclusive agent Jess for a private viewing – be quick as this really is a rare opportunity to have it all.
What you need to know:
- Guaranteed impressive sea views due to height restriction on next-door neighbour
- Watch the sunrise over the sea and boats going to and from the harbour
- Spectacular views from the front of the home as well as the kitchen area
- Large family home and entertainer’s delight – an ideal venue for long table lunches with family and friends
- 4 Bedrooms plus study – or 5 bedrooms
- 1998 Build and modernised – on a 700 m2 block
- 2 bathrooms and a powder room downstairs, 3 toilets
- Two large family rooms plus a library
- Modern kitchen with views and upmarket appliances
- Downstairs studio or conference room with powder room and separate entrance
- Extra-large garages with workspace plus secure parking for a big boat and caravan on the side
- Rainwater usage throughout the home is controlled by an AquaSaver operating system (9,000 l) and can switch over to scheme water automatically or manually.
- German-made centrifugal filter on water tanks discards all large particles, so it’s self-cleaning.
- Solar panels power system was added in 2019. Gas heating – town gas connected.
- Reticulation is controlled by a Rain Master Pro 469, set into 4 zones, watering twice weekly
- The owners have spent years changing the soil from beach sand to a living fertile humus by using truckloads of manure and pea straw. There is little to do until springtime.
- Main pond is approximately 6,500 litres with a Pond Max pump, so very low maintenance. Second small pond under the Silver Birch tree, inter-connected with the main pond.
- House orientated north/south – the back deck faces north. Both decks get morning sun as does the kitchen, family dining area and front sitting room ensuring lovely light in the morning and no hot afternoon sun in summer.
- Deciduous trees were planted in the backyard to ensure lots of light and sun in winter while it’s shaded in summer providing a lovely cool area to relax.
- New back fence is in progress due to damage caused by winter storms. A few neighbours were affected and decided that they’d like a more substantial fence to enhance their properties. The current sellers will carry their share of the costs involved.
- The entire roof was rescrewed and all downlights were changed to LED’s in 2019.
- Wooden furniture in family and dining were made for the home. It’s solid Tasmanian oak in case a buyer is interested.
- Instruction manuals will be provided for all appliances and installation equipment
- Feels rural, even though it’s only 3.3 km from the CBD
- Rates and taxes are approximately $2,970.94 per year.
- Be quick!