View to thrill
“I couldn’t see anything else but the view, I actually couldn’t,” recalls Larry, of the moment he first stepped into his Sydney oceanside home, complete with an awe-inspiring heated pool. “When I walked away, I couldn’t remember anything. My wife Sylvie said: ‘What are we going to do about this and what are we going to do about the dining room?’ I didn’t even know if there was a lounge room. I just went straight for the cliff.”
Luckily for the couple, there was little to do in the meticulously designed home, which boasts a hard-to-resist infinity pool, a wine cellar under the lounge room and two double-storey wings with all of the bedrooms drinking in the water views.
Living on the water
“We watch the water more than the television,” says Sylvie. Floor-to-ceiling glass means the lounge room is an enviable viewing platform for the coastline. “You can actually hear the view here,” says The Morning Show star. “We listen to crashing waves, we hear whales swimming about and when there are huge seas, it splashes up to the house, so you’re very much a part of everything. It’s quite dramatic and that’s what we love about it.”
A stunning artwork by Belinda Fox takes pride of place among understated white walls and chic parquet floors.
The dining space is party central. “We’ve become the party destination for the family,” says Larry. “It’s the venue of choice!”
Here, a dreamy artwork by Larry’s sister, acclaimed artist Martine Emdur, hangs on the walls. Larry has collected her work for years. “I tell Martine, ‘We’ll just mind them for you’,” says Larry with a laugh. “And if she doesn’t take them back within three months, I Dynabolt them to the wall.”
A Coco Republic chest-like cabinet is a landing zone for a collection of candles and lanterns.
Infinity pool bliss
“It’s an amazing house to come home to. I grew up on the water and it’s always been an important part of my life,” says Larry.