Manyana is both the Spanish word for ‘tomorrow’ and the name of a seaside village 200km south of Sydney.
The village is the type of place people used to dream about heading to for a distant retirement, but pandemic work reforms and perfect Wi-Fi are seeing an increasing number of professionals make the move today rather than tomorrow.
The four-level trophy home of financial planner and stockbroker Chris Allan and his wife, Lyn, at 19 Sunset Strip would be the ideal place to be based permanently.
It’s just hit the market via Holidays Collection principal Craig McIntosh with a $4m guide. He believes it to be “without question one of the best beach houses on the south coast” — and I have to agree.
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Stepping down into the huge open-plan living space, with the aluminium bifolds to the wraparound terrace open and the sea breeze gently flowing in, it feels like you are almost on the beach.
Lyn says the kitchen bench overlooking the waves is “our favourite spot in the house” and I could imagine parking myself and my laptop here for the working day.
But Chris’s study, on the next level down, has incredible ocean and beach views to the north and east, too. The master suite is on this level and it also has beautiful views, as does the freestanding bath in the ensuite.
It’s not far to go for regular swims during the working day for inspiration: steps lead down from the house to a private beach. It’s also a popular surfing spot.
The deck chairs on the terrace are where to head for cocktail hour and Chris and Lyn often enjoy watching a passing parade of dolphins, whales, seals and eagles from there.
They also love entertaining, and the house is well set up.
The kitchen has a large island bench, with all mod cons including a Liebherr main and wine fridge; Miele cooktop, Miele dishwasher; Bosch microwave; Bosch steam oven and even an in-built Bosch coffee maker.
The Allans have had many memorable dinner parties in their dining room overlooking the sea. In winter, they enjoy drinking red wine by the outdoor fireplace on the upper level entertainment terrace or otherwise inside in the lounge by the French Cheminees Chazalles fireplace.
There’s also plenty of room for guests — the top level, which is where you enter the home — has two guest bedrooms and a lounge area. All of the bedrooms come with an ensuite. A recent addition is the lower level self-contained studio, which could suit a painter or ceramic artist.
The Allans built their dream home 18 years ago, replacing the shack that once stood here, after falling in love with the privacy and seclusion of this block, which is sheltered from the southerlies by the headland.
I fell in love with it, too. And no doubt you will, should you care to make the trip.