Circular homes make a striking statement.
These high-design residences are often one-of-a-kind, with interiors as novel as their curving facades. “When you’re buying luxury, you don’t want it to be a cookie-cutter home,” says Michael Pallier, the managing director of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty. “You want something unique. A distinctive home means something to a buyer.”
Round residences certainly qualify. They are also somewhat rare, according to Pallier, giving them a rarified vibe. He is currently representing the Oculus, an “interstellar” Sydney, Australia, home that melds an expansive circular entertaining area with a more traditionally shaped wing that encompasses the kitchen and bedrooms. The six-bedroom, five-bathroom home was by architect Frank Fox in 1961. The circular entertaining area is at the center of Fox’s design.
On the ground level, a retractable curved window wraps around the main living space, allowing for views of the gardens and direct access to the patio and pool. Upstairs, there’s another large reception room that leads onto the upper balcony, which is shaded by a curving cantilevered steel canopy. Timber blades surround much of the upper floor to help regulate the temperature indoors.
Situated on a quarter-acre lot, the home also features a screening room, gym, two kitchens, room for six cars, and state-of-the-art home technology. It is currently on the market for A$15 million. The property was purchased by the current owners about 11 years ago for just under A$7 million, Pallier says. They spent another A$7 million or so on updating the home, while keeping the original character intact.