Dover Heights home with glass-walled pool is the ultimate summer party house

See all the action above and below water at 26 Portland Street, Dover Heights.

When Karen Bauer, chief executive of Sydney Strata Specialists, bought this large, three-level Dover Heights family home on a 613sq m block for $4m in 2012, it was a 1980s-style ugly duckling.

Nine years later it’s a glistening swan and up for auction again with a $9m price guide via Raine and Horne Double Bay/Bondi Beach principal Ric Serrao and colleague Alex Lyons.

Sitting proudly behind a new high fence, freshly rendered and with updated glass balustrades, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom residence with six-car garage at 26 Portland St now awaits another young family.

As Serrao says: “This house has the perfect floorplan, enormous proportions and fantastic harbour views … a six-car garage is rare.”

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The home sits proudly behind a new high fence, freshly rendered and with updated glass balustrades.

Ten people can fit in the spa.





Among its attractions are its size with big, light-filled rooms; the panoramic views to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city skyline; and, with the warmer weather fast approaching, the incredible pool in the backyard.

Bauer called in Ted Quinton of MASQ architects for the renovation, which included the transformation of the backyard (“it was just a green slope,” Bauer says).

During my tour, I was most impressed with the pool (solar and gas-heated), with its glass walls that allow you to see all the action above and below water.

“We’ve had 10 people in the spa,” Bauer reveals.

That was back in the days before social distancing, evidently.

The new kitchen features bi-fold windows to an outdoor bar.

Incredible views from the rooftop terrace — perfect for New Year’s Eve!

All the windows and doors have also been replaced in the house, with a bi-fold window opening to an outdoor bar added. It’s not hard to imagine the cocktails being passed through for poolside parties (fingers crossed for Christmas).

And there are two fridges with the top-notch stainless-steel built-in barbecue.

Another party stopper is the rooftop entertainer’s terrace, perfect for New Year’s Eve fireworks with room for 40 or more guests. And yes, you can spread out here on the lawn (OK, it’s artificial) and enjoy the amazing view.

Then there’s the huge kitchen, with its butler’s pantry and walk-in pantry. I love the stainless-steel Technika five-burner gas stove.

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