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Beach-side mansion on Sydney’s Northern Beaches named Australia’s best home

A stunning mansion overlooking the beach has won the award for Australia’s best home.

The three storey beach house in Bilgoa, in Sydney’s northern beaches, has taken the title of Australia’s best home in the Lifestyle Channel program ‘I Own Australia’s Best Home’, beating out 27 other unique luxury properties around the country.

Dubbed the ‘Surf’s Up Stone House’, the owners Lorica and Andrew Clarke said they were ecstatic with their property’s win and proud that their home was well recieved by the judges and viewers.

The 'Surf's Up Stone House' in Bilgoa, in the northern beaches of Sydney, has won the award for Australia's best home from the Lifestyle channel's 'I Own Australia's Best Home' programThe 'Surf's Up Stone House' in Bilgoa, in the northern beaches of Sydney, has won the award for Australia's best home from the Lifestyle channel's 'I Own Australia's Best Home' program

The ‘Surf’s Up Stone House’ in Bilgoa, in the northern beaches of Sydney, has won the award for Australia’s best home from the Lifestyle channel’s ‘I Own Australia’s Best Home’ program

The top floor of the stunning beach-side property has a glass plunge pool that overlooks the beachThe top floor of the stunning beach-side property has a glass plunge pool that overlooks the beach

The top floor of the stunning beach-side property has a glass plunge pool that overlooks the beach

The ground floor of property has wide open living and kitchen space, keeping with its original 1970s featuresThe ground floor of property has wide open living and kitchen space, keeping with its original 1970s features

The ground floor of property has wide open living and kitchen space, keeping with its original 1970s features

The couple first bought the property in its original 1970s stone and timber cottage in 1993.

In 2006, they had it transformed into a modern house that still kept some of its of original character.

‘Our architect, Nanna Lesiuk, did a masterful job, giving our home its beauty and aesthetic, and it gives me great joy to see this work be recognised,’ Mrs Clarke said.

      The ground floor of the property has the master suite and the large open plan living and kitchen space which has glass doors that open out to the patio and beach.

      On the top floor are the four bedrooms for the couple’s children and the glass plunge pool with a view of the beach.

      Owner of the property Lorica Clarke (centre, holding flowers) and her husband Andrew first bought the property in 1993 when it was still a 1970s stone and timber cottage Owner of the property Lorica Clarke (centre, holding flowers) and her husband Andrew first bought the property in 1993 when it was still a 1970s stone and timber cottage

      Owner of the property Lorica Clarke (centre, holding flowers) and her husband Andrew first bought the property in 1993 when it was still a 1970s stone and timber cottage

      In 2006, they hired architect Nanna Lesiuk to expand their home and give it a modern updateIn 2006, they hired architect Nanna Lesiuk to expand their home and give it a modern update

      In 2006, they hired architect Nanna Lesiuk to expand their home and give it a modern update

      The back of the property also opens up to the beach, bringing the outdoors in with large glass windows The back of the property also opens up to the beach, bringing the outdoors in with large glass windows

      The back of the property also opens up to the beach, bringing the outdoors in with large glass windows

      Interior designer and host of the Lifestyle channel's 'I Own Australia's Best Home' Tim Leveson said the property Australia's 'quintessential' dream homeInterior designer and host of the Lifestyle channel's 'I Own Australia's Best Home' Tim Leveson said the property Australia's 'quintessential' dream home

      Interior designer and host of the Lifestyle channel’s ‘I Own Australia’s Best Home’ Tim Leveson said the property Australia’s ‘quintessential’ dream home

      The top floor of the house has four bedrooms and a balcony, with a glass pool, that looks out on to the beachThe top floor of the house has four bedrooms and a balcony, with a glass pool, that looks out on to the beach

      The top floor of the house has four bedrooms and a balcony, with a glass pool, that looks out on to the beach

      In the third basement floor of the property has a guest bedroom and the nightclub.

      Interior designer and host of the show Tim Leveson called the property Australia’s ‘quintessential’ dream home.

      ‘This series has always been about what makes a great home to live in – and there’s bucketloads of fun and liveability here, from the disco floor to the ocean view pool and the delicate way it balances family life with areas for privacy,’ the designer said.

      The master bedroom of the property, on the ground floor, also retains some of its original timber and stone featuresThe master bedroom of the property, on the ground floor, also retains some of its original timber and stone features

      The master bedroom of the property, on the ground floor, also retains some of its original timber and stone features

      Mr Leveson said: 'there's bucketloads of fun and liveability here, from the disco floor to the ocean view pool and the delicate way it balances family life with areas for privacy'Mr Leveson said: 'there's bucketloads of fun and liveability here, from the disco floor to the ocean view pool and the delicate way it balances family life with areas for privacy'

      Mr Leveson said: ‘there’s bucketloads of fun and liveability here, from the disco floor to the ocean view pool and the delicate way it balances family life with areas for privacy’

      The basement level of the house has an underground nightclub, as well as a guest roomThe basement level of the house has an underground nightclub, as well as a guest room

      The basement level of the house has an underground nightclub, as well as a guest room

      Aside from winning the coveted title, the couple has also won $30,000.

      They have chosen to donate to the money to the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital after their son, now 19 and in remission, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma six years ago.

      ‘It’s great to be able to give back,’ Mrs Clarke said.

      The owners also won $30,000 which they will donate to the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital. Mrs Clarke said it was their way of giving back to the hospital after their son was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma six years agoThe owners also won $30,000 which they will donate to the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital. Mrs Clarke said it was their way of giving back to the hospital after their son was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma six years ago

      The owners also won $30,000 which they will donate to the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Mrs Clarke said it was their way of giving back to the hospital after their son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma six years ago

      Mrs Clarke: 'Our architect, Nanna Lesiuk, did a masterful job, giving our home its beauty and aesthetic, and it gives me great joy to see this work be recognised'Mrs Clarke: 'Our architect, Nanna Lesiuk, did a masterful job, giving our home its beauty and aesthetic, and it gives me great joy to see this work be recognised'

      Mrs Clarke: ‘Our architect, Nanna Lesiuk, did a masterful job, giving our home its beauty and aesthetic, and it gives me great joy to see this work be recognised’

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