Multi-level Swanbourne ‘treehouse’ the ultimate family retreat

Reminiscent of a luxury treehouse, this special Swanbourne home features soaring ceilings, exposed timbers and holds nature at its heart.

Originally built in the 1950s, the property was extensively renovated in the mid-1990s by renowned architect Lynthorne Matthews who literally took the home to new heights, morphing it into a unique abode with expansive voids and signature timberwork amid lush, bushy surrounds.

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This spacious home takes treehouse living to new heights. Picture:

Tony and Hendrika Chapman purchased 5 Gloucester Street in 1998, charmed by its eye-catching architecture.

“What attracted us to the property was its architectural points of difference, it wasn’t a normal type property in the western suburbs,” Mr Chapman said.

“We loved the trees, the bush and the lake. It’s a very private house. We have neighbours, but we don’t appear to have neighbours because the house faces the park and the trees.

“It’s very different. It’s not the normal club accommodation where you’ve got room by room by room. It’s a lot of open plan and the most attractive part of the house is the huge voids and 50ft ceilings.”

Matthews, who is known for his use of unconventional geometry and natural materials, has a special affinity with bush landscapes, living in the Perth Hills for almost 20 years.

The home’s interior design speaks to the great outdoors with an atrium-like entrance, large panels of glass and a nature reserve that borders the property.

Timber used in the internal woodwork was salvaged from the old Wickham Jetty in Port Hedland.

Set over three levels, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has a children’s retreat on the ground level, which includes a living area, second kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom.

Upstairs, there is a loft-like living room, study, master bedroom and expansive sheltered entertaining deck.

Mr Chapman said his family has loved the magic of living in the unique Swanbourne home for more than two decades but it was now time to sell up and downsize.

“We’re in our 70s and even though we’ve loved living here, it’s a property that needs a lot of people, it needs young children. It’s a great home for people with young teenagers.

Agent Justin Davies, from Space Real Estate – Cottesloe, is taking expressions of interest.

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