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18-20 Norman Street, Mangerton, NSW 2500

'orana' – Classic Art Deco Home

Described in Robert Irvings' 'Twentieth Century Architecture in Wollongong' as 'a ship-like Functionalist house', Orana is perfectly north facing, capturing optimum sun and light throughout the seasons. Tucked away in a private cul-de-sac it also boasts stunning views that stretch across established gardens to the escarpment and ocean.

This grand family residence built in 1952, features, high ceilings with decorative cornices, huge curved windows, an open brick fireplace, and four bathrooms, (two with baths), three with immaculate and original tile work. The tastefully renovated kitchen has quality fittings; a Miele dishwasher, a six burner Blanco stove as well as a huge walk-in pantry. There is extensive cabinetry work on both levels and the large bedrooms all have built-ins, high quality curtains, Luxaflex blinds, and period light fittings.

The extensive decks are capable of entertaining up to a hundred guests and provide a perfect vantage for enjoying the ever-changing view: encompassing the escarpment, the lights of the city and the ocean beyond. In autumn and winter the light in the afternoon turns golden between four and five and one feels as if one is ensconced in a private paradise. Equally the sunrises through the curved, windows are often pink and always spectacular.

The curved windows, imported from Sweden take full advantage of the northerly aspect, flooding the interiors with light. The elegant open plan living room flows to the formal dining area and generous kitchen and meals area/sunroom. All rooms, both upstairs and down open directly onto the expansive terraces. There is also a roof terrace, a double garage with internal access, a driveway with parking for three cars and a huge storage area adjacent to the downstairs accommodation.

This accommodation, a three roomed, self-contained apartment is fully separate, and accessed by an outdoor spiral staircase. It looks out onto the landscaped bush gardens, which with its handsome stone walls, manicured paths, fruit trees and vegetable garden is most charming. This private, sought-after location is minutes from The Illawarra Grammar School, Wollongong University, pristine beaches and the CBD and is arguably one of the finest homes in the Illawarra.

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