Best of Australian Homes 2014 · Ozzie Wright, Mylee Grace Fitzgerald + Family

GOOD MORNING AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!  If you are reading this post on Dec 25th, well THANKYOU for joining us on such a busy and important day – WE SALUTE YOU!

TODAY, given most of us in Australia are probably well into summer holiday mode by now, it seems fitting to share another classic Australian beach house, which won many hearts when we first ran this story back in March!  This is the creative and colourful family pad of Ozzie Wright (pro surfer / artist / musician and co-owner and creative director of Vampirate Surfboards), Mylee Grace Fitzgerald (songstress of Mylee Grace and the Milkshakes) and their kids Rocky and Goldie!

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The beautiful, relaxed beachside home of Ozzie WrightMylee Grace Fitzgerald and their little family!   Above – Mylee holds little Goldie (just a few weeks old at the time of our visit!). Gorgeous, chatty Rocky was home with an ear infection when we popped in, but wore his school uniform nonetheless.  Ozzie is the most awesome, blissfully chilled out person I have ever met!  Artwork top left painted by Ozzie whilst Mylee was in early labour with Goldie. The rug on the day bed was found in Peru. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Living room – an addition in the 80’s or 90’s,  with a spectacular view of the beach.  ‘It’s by far the best room in the house as it looks out to the majestic and secluded Bungan beach’ says Mylee!  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The hallway is completely covered in artworks, mainly by Ozzie and talented creative friends.  All of the works above are by Ozzie except the small green print by Harry Holliday. Two of these works are part of his collection of collaborations with kids!  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Ozzie’s studio.  Antique shark flag above door, and one of Ozzie’s art works to the right. The pink surfboard is one of Ozzie’s ‘Vampirate surfboards’, and the other board is Mylee’s Christmas present from Ozzie – a ‘gato heroi’. On top of the bookshelf is part of Ozzie and Mylee’s 1950’s / 60’s National Geographic collection. Vintage indian saris on the couch. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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25th of December 2014

Ozzie Wright and his partner Mylee Grace purchased their gorgeous rambling old 1930’s house, on a busy main road in Newport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches four years ago.  They found the place in somewhat unconventional circumstances – by answering a random cold call from a local real estate agent (on their landline!) asking if they were looking to buy.  ‘At the time we weren’t looking to buy at all, and nearly hung up the phone, but Ozzie asked on a whim if the agent had any properties with a view of the ocean that weren’t millions of dollars’ explains Mylee, matter of factly.  ‘He told us he had just the one, we looked at it that day, and instantly tried to work out how it could be ours’!

Though the home itself was built in the 30’s, in the 90’s previous owners added the front lounge room with enormous windows, which makes the most of the view.  From the street you would never guess the MAGIC that lies beyond the house – namely, an uninterrupted view of beautiful Bungun Beach, one of the only beaches in the area with no vehicular access.  SO special.

Mylee and Ozzie’s home has a distinctly breezy, relaxed vibe, which perfectly reflects the personalities of this super cool family. Art work crams the walls, alongside a beautiful mish mash of vintage furniture salvaged from the roadside or passed on from family and friends.  However, it’s not surprising that Mylee and Ozzie’s affection for this place really revolves around the ocean. ‘The best thing is definitely the view’ says Mylee. ‘It’s incredibly calming to stare out to the horizon, plus we can always see when it’s the best time for surfing’.

For the full story and many more pics of this gorgeous Sydney home, do POP BACK and revisit the original post!

The amazing view of Bungan Beach from Ozzie ands Mylee’s place! ‘It’s one of the only beaches without vehicle access, so it makes it extra special and secret!’ says Mylee.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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