WORDS: Imogen Pickering
There seems to be a design scheme that local architects can’t get enough of these days: creating properties that stretch the brief for a contemporary home, whilst celebrating the natural surroundings of our beautiful island.
Jersey’s modernist homes represent architecture’s avant-garde, and Seahouse is unquestionably one of them. Set back from the beautiful surrounds of Portelet Bay, this striking four-bedroom home is a celebration of beach culture and high-end contemporary living, combined with extraordinary architectural and interior design.
On arrival at Seahouse, you are met with a set of electric gates which open onto the paved driveway, large enough for two cars. A triple-height, cylinder shaped section dominates the facade, juxtaposed with a complex wave-shaped roof design. To say this property has wow-factor would be an understatement and the same level of brilliance continues inside.
Throughout the property, Seahouse seamlessly blends two opposing interior trends to create an indoor environment that’s fantastically unique. A long-standing favourite; beach cottage interior design emanates cozy and casual pieces to reflect the laid back way of life near the coast, with emphasis on white and pastel shades, combined with natural materials.
As you enter through the front door of Seahouse, this beachside chic is evident immediately, with the white-washed wooden floor and bright white walls which adorn the entrance hall. From here, three of the property’s double bedrooms mirror the same look. The largest of the trio makes up the far end of the ground floor, decorated with plantation shutters, wood-effect feature wall, hessian carpet and beach-house style ensuite bathroom. The same design continues throughout the other ground floor bedrooms, with the additional advantage of access to the large garden deck. Another large coastal-design bathroom makes the ground floor house bathroom, accompanied by a similar designed laundry room on the opposite side of the entrance hall.
The grand, triple-height spiral staircase adds a contemporary edge to the otherwise soft, beachy decor of the ground floor. Solid oak stair treads are paired with a stainless steel handrail, resulting in a structural masterpiece in its own right. LED stairway lighting is juxtaposed with wooden wall panelling to further create an exciting blend of two interior trends, offering a taste for the unique design concept in the floors above.
The first floor of Seahouse is the hub of the house. From the landing, there is a house study, which could easily convert to a fifth bedroom or guest suite, and a set of double doors open into the enormous open-plan kitchen and living area. With double-height floor-to-ceiling glazing, natural light streams in and offers unparalleled views over the bay. Taking advantage of the elevation, bi-folding doors open onto the oversized decked balcony, further extending the living space and celebrating the surroundings of the property’s prime position.
As previously mentioned, one of the of the most noteworthy and unique features of Seahouse is the partnership of opposing interior design schemes. The industrial trend is a concept that is rapidly growing in popularity and is centred around the basis of adding a raw, unfinished look to the most thoughtfully designed homes. Showcasing neutral tones, utilitarian objects, wood and metal surfaces, the look isn’t just for “unfinished” spaces, with many design enthusiasts incorporating industrial style into their homes through features such as stainless steel surfaces, metal light fixtures and vintage furniture.
The industrial interior trend is a contemporary scheme that this property touches upon perfectly. Along the length of the living and kitchen area, four giant industrial pendant lamp fittings are suspended from the ceiling, each with its own individual design and character. Furthermore, a similarly-designed free-standing log burner sits at the far end of the living room, offering a striking centrepiece whilst drawing attention to, and complimenting, the light fittings.
The trend also extends into the kitchen area. The kitchen itself has all of the modern luxuries you would expect from a property of this standard in the form of Miele home appliances; including a coffee machine, American-style fridge-freezer, and even a proving drawer for baking enthusiasts. With that, there is also a wonderfully unique steel spice and plate racks – unlike any other piece of furniture I’ve seen before.
Continuing up the spiral staircase to the top floor, you are met with a curved door which opens into the property’s master suite. Through the door, there is a reception area, which overlooks the livingroom through a floor-to-ceiling window. The hessian carpet, plantation shutters, wood-effect ensuite bathroom and feature wall again add that feeling of beachside escape, coupled with spectacular elevated views over the bay.
The well-designed landscaped garden comprises large decked areas and plant boxes, ensuring a low-maintenance space that celebrates the natural environment. Perfect for entertaining and dining alfresco, future residents also benefit from a firepit and a large outdoor spa pool.
Seahouse truly is a sanctuary where contemporary and traditional design combine seamlessly and unapologetically to compliment 21st century island life. Currently on the market with Livingroom, this property must be seen to be truly appreciated, so viewing comes highly recommended.
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• 4 / 5 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• Integral garage
• Sea views
• Bright and spacious
• Close to beach
• Large balcony
• Low maintenance garden