A taste of Italy hits the market in Kiama
10 Seaview Street, Kiama was designed with the gourmet food lover in mind, including a fully equipped chef’s kitchen, butler’s’ pantry and even a study area for writing and recording recipes.
The vast property was heavily influenced by the couple’s love of Italy, and was the brainchild of the duo during a yearlong sabbatical in Italy in 2007.
“Whilst we were there, we designed a house to incorporate our love for the Italian culture,” said Elise.
The couple took on the mantra ‘per vivere bene’ which means ‘to live well’ in Italian, and live well they did, with the vast home incorporates luxury features imported from Italy including doors, shutters and even the light fittings.
One of the most important inclusions which came from their time in Italy were the terracotta pineapples the pair brought to their new home from Tuscany.
“We put them on the brick pillars in the driveway,” said Elise, “for those who know about the Napoleonic Pineapples, they denote hospitality and welcome guests to our home.”
According to Elise, the couple went overboard with the house during the design process, with the entire flooring of the home representing three colours of Italian marble, terracotta tiles on the roof and wrought iron gates. Some other standouts include a Florentine green kitchen and Roman walled garden.
“A lot of love, care and attention went into the building of this house,” she said. “All doors open up to a garden, or a Juliette balcony.”
With the original intention for this to be a forever house, Elise and John’s garden entertaining area includes a direct gas line to the barbecue area, and even rainwater tanks piped into the chef’s pantry.
The couple have decided to move to Melbourne to be closer to family for health reasons, and Elise would love to see a fellow foodie take on her unique property.
“The next person that comes here is very lucky, I hope they cook!”
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