A Bilgola beach house owned by Lorica and Andrew Clarke was recognised as Australia's Best Home last night in the final episode of the 'I own Australia's best home'.
The Lifestyle Channel series featured nine homes, and was notable in that one of the judges - either architect Nick Tobias, interior designer Tim Leveson, or interior designer Gillian Khaw - spent a night at each property to gain a sense of what the home is like to live in.
Viewers were also able to vote for their favourite home.
The Clarkes bought the Sydney Northern Beaches property twenty years ago, and renovated it two years ago, retaining the original character of the home, and integrating elements of the natural landscape, such as stone and wood, into the house's interiors.
The home's absolute beach frontage was also a key feature.
The house has incredible beach views, a glass pool, and a very popular basement nightclub.
Leveson, who spent a night at the home, told Foxtel, "Lorica and Andrew’s 'Surf’s Up Stone House' is the quintessential Australian dream home."
“This series has always been about what makes a great home to live in – and there’s bucketloads of fun and liveability here, from the disco floor to the ocean view pool, and the delicate way it balances family life with areas for privacy,” he said.
"We are ecstatic!” Lorica told Foxtel. “Our architect, Nanna Lesiuk, did a masterful job, giving our home its beauty and aesthetic, and it gives me great joy to see this work be recognised."
The couple's $30,000 prize money will be donated to the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital, the couple's chosen charity. The couple has a close connection with the centre, as their son was treated there for three years.
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