by JENNY D’ANGER
LUCREZIA BORGIA was maligned for centuries as an evil seductress and a dab hand with the poison vial.
But modern historians say she was the pawn of nasty pa, Pope Alexander VI (and brother Cesare. Apparently young Lucy was married off only to suffer a string of widowings with various husbands bumped off by dad and bro so she could be married to better political prospects.
Lucrezia had the last laugh, outliving both and becoming a patron of the arts.
Used to the fine life, and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, she was on my mind as I drove to this North Coogee home on Lucretia Circle.
With its creative use of architecture and interesting features it would no doubt have appealed to Signora Borgia’s artistic sensibilities.
The entry soars to the second level with a funky modern chandelier, creating a grand entry. A magnificent curved wall opens onto a handsome, open-plan living/kitchen/dining area.
This prodigious space is flooded with light from acres of windows, and glass doors opening onto a manicured garden and covered patio, with ocean views to Garden Island from several vantage points.
The kitchen has boundless cupboards and bench space, all in virginal white, including caesarstone tops.
A guest suite with walk-in robe and ensuite, is on the ground floor.
The other three bedrooms are upstairs, including the main suite with a huge and funky semi-open ensuite and a walk-in robe breathing in the views across green parkland to the sea.
From the terrace off the main bedroom, cranes and ships at Garden Island are clearly visible and you can watch ships heading south from Fremantle.
A spacious sitting room has its own balcony/terrace with similar views, where on hot nights you can enjoy a sea breeze and count the vessels as they glide by, lights ablaze.
With fine attention to detail this home combines ease of family living with great entertainment spaces for a luxurious lifestyle by the sea.
22 Lucretia Circle, North Coogee
Darren Spencer 0412 643 663
Port City Realty 9335 6322