Charlotte Ree was on the hunt for a property with a rooftop when she discovered this unique Potts Point for rent. The head of marketing at Pan Macmillan Australia, recipe developer, and author, loved the apartment building’s art deco architecture, contrasted with warehouse-style windows, and a generous private outdoor area.
‘I haven’t seen anything else like it,’ Charlotte says. ‘The apartment feels like a house in a lot of ways. The giant rooftop certainly lends itself to the feeling of being in a much bigger space.’
With dogged determination, Charlotte secured and moved into the one bedroom apartment within a week of its listing.
Three months on, Charlotte has found immediate solace in this bright and beautiful space, which, despite its small footprint, offers plenty of room to cook, host, and unfurl. ‘This is actually the fourth home I have lived in in the past two years, but for the first time, is the most at home I have ever felt,’ she says. ‘This is the fastest I have ever unpacked, hung artwork, and settled in, and so I didn’t find it a challenge to make this a home at all.’
Crucial to creating that ‘settled in’ feeling, was hanging art above the banquette seat, and hosting lots of post-lockdown dinner parties on the rooftop! Colour is also ‘everything’ to Charlotte, and is injected into this space via an eclectic collection of artworks, bedding, decorative pieces, and an artful book collection amassed over years in the publishing industry.
What Charlotte loves most about this home isn’t so much these material items, but the atmosphere it provides. ‘I feel as though I am anywhere but Sydney, and friends that come up here (after surviving all four flights of never ending stairs!) feel the same way too,’ she says. ‘It is placeless almost, and I love that we can all get swept up in the food and each other’s company.’