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'Just unbelievable': Designer Canberra penthouse just listed

The penthouse represents the pinnacle in apartment living; the top offering both in terms of elevation and standard. But one that has just hit the market in Canberra is taking the calibre of penthouses in the capital to new heights.


Not so much physical heights – the two-storey plus rooftop terrace abode sits across levels four to six of the building. But the home itself is completely in a class of its own.


Lapping at the water’s edge of Lake Burley Griffin in the Inner South suburb of Kingston, this penthouse sits in the exclusive Sapphire development. Completed in late 2020, the development is known for its curved architecture, sophisticated design and enviable position right on the tip of the peninsula at Kingston Foreshore.


The building’s original design included six separate pods, housing the top two levels and allowing for six penthouses and 12 sub-penthouses to enjoy apartment living without sharing adjoining walls. During the construction period, one of the pods was amalgamated, with a penthouse and two sub-penthouses joined together.


The result is 405/45 Honeysett View, Kingston, a sprawling, spectacular home with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, eight car spaces, three terraces, and multiple entertaining areas, all over three levels.


Melbourne-based Parallel Workshop Architects were engaged for the home’s sophisticated custom interior design, making it unique and different from the rest of the building’s interiors. Listing agent Mario Sanfrancesco from Blackshaw Manuka says after three decades of selling luxury homes, the penthouse is unlike anything he’s seen.


“I’ve been to the property many times now, and I think what truly sets this one apart is the detail,” he says.


“There is so much complexity and sophistication around the interiors, that each and every time I go back, I notice something different. It’s just unbelievable. It really is just a whole other level of detail and quality than I’ve experienced before.”

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