Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Just one of a slew of Walter Barda-designed super-homes in the sophisticated Sydney enclave of Palm Beach, True North on Bilgola Avenue is what every modest beach house dreams of being when they grow up. Barda is as much a visual artist as he is an architect, a fact which shines through in the warmth and character of his many creations.

With its vast windows and high ceilings, the two-storey True North feeds on sunlight. The bright white exteriors, shuttered windows, screened verandahs, sunny north-facing courtyard, four big bedrooms, open fireplace and three bathrooms all play second fiddle to the gorgeous eat-in kitchen, where most of the entertaining, fun and general family hanging out will take place.

A traditional, massive, modern, angular Palm Beach Palace this is not. But for a genuinely beautiful holiday home that places a premium on refined and welcoming good taste, True North is unsurpassed.

Details // Bilgola Ave, Palm Beach, NSW. From $15,000 per week, available at Christmas only. www.ljhookerpalmbeach.com.au, (02) 9974 5999.

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