You can get a good sense of an architect’s vision by studying the buildings they designed, but you can get an even deeper insight by looking at the designs and land parcels that never got the tick of approval — just look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s unfinished projects. A great example of this can be found at 3 Kara Crescent, Bayview: the block where Sydney Opera House designer Jørn Utzon planned on building his dream home (though never completed).
The Danish talent moved to Sydney in the late 50s after winning the design competition that gave birth to the Opera House (beating 232 other submissions). Despite the fact his planned design eventually became a reality, Utzon left Sydney after a disagreement with the state government regarding the project, and was forced to sell the block at 3 Kara Crescent, Bayview in 1968 for $22,000.
The spectacular parcel of land’s new owner proceeded to build the Villa Kara that stands today, using locally sourced sandstone as well as imported English oak, French roofing tiles, and marble all the way from Italy. Enjoying remarkable views across from the Pittwater and Scotland Island, this 4,047m² slice of paradise is among the largest land holdings on the coveted cul-de-sac; and boasts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, plus space for two parked cars off-street.
The two-level home opens onto a large open-plan lounge and dining space that looks out over the terrace and pool of the backyard, while a set of double doors takes you into the kitchen area adjacent to another lounge room and sitting area. The ground floor also features an enormous wine cellar and one of the bedrooms, while a flight of sandstone stairs takes you up to the second level with an even better perspective of the sparkling waters below.
The second level is where you’ll want to spend your evenings with a truly palatial 25m² master bedroom — dual-entry walk-in robe, ensuite bathroom, and all. The other two bedrooms aren’t quite as well proportioned, but still make the most of the sights of the surrounding landscape (the fourth bedroom could also double as a home office).
It’s one of the most luxurious properties in the area, hence why someone like Utzon would be attracted to 3 Kara Crescent, Bayview. The sale is currently being managed by the team at LJ Hooker Mona Vale, who are currently seeking expressions of interest. Domain suggests a price guide of $14 million.