28 Clearview Street, Bowral

Heritage Cottage meets Grand Designs!


Heritage Cottage meets Grand Designs!

This incredible home offers both rare, historical beauty and a thoroughly modern ‘wow factor’ to rival any episode of Grand Designs.  “Inglewood” presents to the world as a 112-year-old trachyte (blue stone) cottage – it is one of only seven homes in the district made from this beautiful, locally-quarried rock.  Wander through the original, renovated front cottage and you will eventually come upon a large recent extension that is nothing short of a masterpiece.  It blends historic sensibility and modern architectural excellence.  Together they form a rambling and fabulous family home that flows seamlessly to the landscaped back garden and the original stables building.

This quarter-acre of Old Bowral heaven has its modern heart in the north-facing rear extension and family living/kitchen area.  It has been designed to harvest the winter sun but remain cool in summer.  The passive solar design, including roof angles and overhang, have been meticulously researched and built to maximize comfort and reduce power consumption.   With the hydronic radiators on in winter, the house is toasty warm, yet the electricity bill is small – the extensive insulation and thick stone and brick walls of the original part of the building hold the temperatures perfectly in all seasons.

The colourful cottage garden at the front belies a gracious, calming back garden featuring a seventy-year-old oak tree, a birch grove and beautiful level landscaping.  Amidst this splendour sit “the stables” – the original stable building which has been taken apart and lovingly rebuilt with the original timber, nail by nail.  It is currently a two-room storage building, but it is ripe for renovation – a unique self-contained granny flat or garden studio is easy to imagine (STCA).

Wonderful features – too many to mention – include:

  • Original cottage has trachyte (blue stone) from Mt Gibraltar with tuck pointing
  • The new extension is ironbark and has been meticulously built and completely hand-nailed – will continue to ‘grey off’ in time to blend beautifully
  • Stunning steel-framed highlight windows at rear provide beautiful light and space
  • Timber floors – lime washed new boards at rear contrast with old Baltic pine
  • Sustainably sourced timber; gorgeous black butt deck 
  • Two lovely modern bathrooms plus a powder room
  • 3 living areas (cosy sitting room with slow combustion fire; large lounge room and library; back family living area combined with dining)
  • Stunning, large and modern kitchen; mostly Miele appliances, Caesarstone bench tops; bi-fold windows open out to rear deck creating servery for built-in BBQ area
  • Bi-fold windows (with screens) throughout the rear room bring in the garden and create perfect indoor-outdoor flow
  • Four bedrooms – main with gorgeous ensuite with heated travertine tiles
  • Large laundry with storage and drying-room features
  • Original part of the house has four fireplaces – all in working condition
  • Built-in speaker system; built-in office along hallway
  • Double glazing in the new parts of the home
  • 11 foot ceilings in the old house; rear extension has soaring raked ceilings
  • Double carport provides direct under-cover access to the house
  • Garden features espaliered apple trees, old climbing roses, old camellia hedge

For a family, or ‘downsizers’ seeking a level and manageably-sized garden, this is walk-to-town Bowral real estate at its best.  Inspect and prepare to have your heart stolen.

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