Solitary refinement in Blue Mountains

SUZANNE Pelley and her husband Christopher Read didn’t hesitate to purchase 199-201 Shipley Rd, Blackheath in 2015.
 
“We loved the design of the original house and it was the only one we looked at. We bought it on the spot,” Ms Pelley said.
Around 18 months ago, an emerging architecture studio in Sydney was given the brief to enhance their beautiful Blue Mountains home.
 
The number of bedrooms wasn’t quite high enough for the family, so TRIAS architect Jonathon Donnelly was called in to plan a second level.
 
“We added two bedrooms, a music room, bathroom and storage,” Ms Pelley said.
 
“The staircase is stunning because it’s floating, so it doesn’t touch the ground.”
 
Ms Pelley applauded builder Warwick Larkin on a “painless” extension which has made life much more comfortable.
 
“They were awesome builders and we didn’t have one problem. It’s ideal for a family as the kids can be upstairs but with the stairwell in the middle, you don’t lose contact,” she said.
 
“I haven’t lived in many houses that have been as well designed.”
 
Positioned on 14.65ha of bushland, not far from Hargraves Lookout, the surrounding environment is breathtaking.
 
“We’re on a plateau so it’s quite exclusive out here,” Ms Pelley said.
 
“Even though it seems remote, it’s only a six minute drive to the centre of Blackheath and the wildlife is just stunning.”
 
“Of an afternoon I take the dog for a walk to the lookout.”
 
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom Hebel block home also has fire shutters.
 
“There’s only been one fire here in the last 20 years and that was an accident started during back-burning,” Ms Pelley said.
 
“It’s a really safe environment with fantastic neighbours.”
 
The Pelley family is relocating from Blackheath which means 199-201 Shipley Rd is listed for sale via auction on Sunday, May 21 at midday.
 
Ray White Blackheath principal Alan Gregory is responsible for marketing this property which will go under the hammer at Blackheath Golf & Community Club, Brightlands Ave.