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Fingerprint scanning, eight-car garage, private lift lobby: Inside Sydney’s biggest single-level penthouse

Heritage charm meets tech innovation on Level 40, The Horizon.

Sydney’s biggest single-level penthouse The Horizon

Sweeping the entire 40th floor of Harry Seidler’s iconic building ‘The Horizon’ is a five-bedroom penthouse, and it’s one of the most luxurious in Australia.

Crafted by award-winning Mim Design, the 565 square metre space houses six bathrooms, a butler’s pantry, marble fireplace, wine room, media room, four balconies, free-standing bath, his ’n’ hers walk in robes in the master bedroom, not to mention the eight car spaces awaiting motor aficionados.

Striking Cote D’Azure marble swathes the kitchen and breakfast bar, French oak adorns the penthouse floors from the dining lounge to the sitting rooms and plush carpet cushions all five bedrooms.

Each bedroom is complete with an ensuite while four balconies provide 360-degree views of the city. Surrounded by heritage homes in Darlinghurst’s Forbes Street, the opulent penthouse soars above its neighbours, enabling uninterrupted views of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and glistening harbour.

Perfect for a live-in au pair, driver, chef or housekeeper is the self-contained unit within the penthouse boasting a bedroom, kitchen, lounge, veranda and bathroom that can all be accessed independently.

Tropical gardens, a tennis court, 25-metre heated pool and 24-hour concierge add resort-style living to the inner-city paradise.

But what is perhaps the most impressive is the penthouse’s high technology elements including home automation and facial recognition access.

With a private lift lobby (as well as four additional lifts), keyless entry, fingerprint scanning, automated doors and 70-inch television, the state-of-the-art sky property is expected to sell for a price guide of A$16.5 million.

The penthouse, which was once owned by property developer Bob Ell, has never been entirely occupied – instead it’s been used for occasional entertaining or a weekend getaway.

While construction first began on the expansive trophy home in 1990 and took eight years to complete, the property was recently gutted by its current owners, the Graham family, and rebuilt by the award-winning Melbourne interior design practice.

“A soft palette with accents of brass and warmer timber tones flow throughout the residence elevating it as a luxurious benchmark within the Sydney market,” Mim Design says. “These details are used to soften the current extremities of the building’s interior while establishing clear lines of vision out to the surrounding sea and city views.”

Does this sound like your dream inner-city apartment? The Horizon penthouse will be up for auction on 19 October 2019 with a price guide of A$16.5 million. Contact Knight Frank for more details.

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