About Us

Callala Beach & Callala Bay in spectacular Jervis Bay, Australia
Award-winning private homes, 6-7 people per villa, 5-Star service since 2009
Pristine white sand beaches, Found in nature's paradise

 

The Sustainable Homes Story

Hello, my name is Vesna and I want to tell you my story how I started our boutique property rental business as a young mum.

It was Summer 2002 when we visited a small coastal village called Callala Beach in Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast of Australia. We drove around the sleepy town and stumbled across a new land subdivision, uncleared, sandy, full of trees and shrubs, and with a caravan just a 100 metres from the white sand beach. This was the sales agent’s office and they were selling 87 lots in the most pristine environment we ever saw!

Dad knows best

We often hear the line “history repeats itself”, and as someone who learns from doing I realised in my early thirties that Dad sure knows best. After being married a number of years with a good job and then moving to the next stage of life planning a family, I realised I had to get on with it as far as investing in our future. I recall Dad talking about Callala and how he bought land for a few thousand dollars as part of his retirement plan. Some property cycles later he tripled his money, and the saying land appreciates, buildings depreciate rang true.

A born and bred South Coast girl, my husband and I decided to invest in a home in an affordable place by the beach. As it turned out, a few hours out of Sydney in spectacular Jervis Bay was the place for us.

Baby on the way

We had heard about Callala and visited the area briefly with family on a few occasions, but had no idea Jervis Bay is a protected marine park, actually famous and has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world!

We were excited when the bank approved the loan for our land purchase, wasn’t easy compared to the good ol’ days, where relationships were truly valued, the world a simpler place.


Designing a sustainable building

Our dream was to design an affordable, healthy, low maintenance home – a place where our baby can freely connect with nature, experience unspoilt Australia away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle.

The flat block of land we stumbled across was perfect, except for one thing that truly mattered. There was a magical scribbly gum tree located in the middle of the block. But that’s what became our inspiration, to respectfully maintain the tree and design our lifestyle home around it. In Glenn Murcutt’s words, it had to “touch the earth lightly“.


Economic crisis

Then the GFC hit, (and now Corona), and it changed everything. Take 2 – history repeating?!! 🙁  It was/is a devastating time for everybody. Building our family business on the South Coast was cut short by the economic environment. I had to think fast and made the decision to rent our new home so our guests could breathe, connect with nature and experience our little slice of paradise.

Over the years we warmly welcomed people from all over Australia and indeed the world providing the highest level of service and privacy. Partnering with like-minded family businesses so everyone could thrive made our little venture all the more worthwhile.


Home at Callala Beach, Jervis Bay

On completion of the project we tested our architectural design skills and were honoured and humbled when Hazelwood Beach House was awarded the Best Use of Western Red Cedar category in the 2009 Australian Timber Design Awards. Our property was featured in many magazines as well as Australia’s Best Beach Houses book. Goes to show the benefits sustainability i.e. recycling and re-use, passive and biophilic design, waste minimisation and local sourcing of construction materials can bring your business, the environment, let alone the health, happiness and well-being of your family, friends and guests. After all, it’s Australian made. Then in 2019, another humbling moment when Booderee Villas was awarded finalist in the HIA Australian Housing Awards Townhouse / Villa Development.

The value we bring a small coastal town and our community lives on beyond the construction of a building and the rental of a property. NB: There’s no room for #fake here.

A brighter more positive future: We look forward to warmly welcoming you!

In the complex and uncertain environment of today, where technology is fast diminishing the vital human element, natural connection and personal touch, escape city life for a while and come stay at our villas at White Sand Jervis Bay.

Invest in your health, happiness and prosperity, cherish priceless family memories and experience this stunning natural part of Australia we call home. And, feel free to enjoy the architecture too! 

Vesna xox

Callala Beach vacant land
Timber House construction Hazelwood Beach House
Hazelwood Beach House Sustainable Timber Decking
Hazelwood Beach House Elevation
Hazelwood Beach House Kitchen
Hazelwood Beach House Cantilevered Balcony
Booderee Villas Callala Bay
Eleanor Pendleton at Booderee Villas Callala Bay
Booderee Villas Master Bedroom
Hazelwood Beach House at Dusk
Hazelwood Beach House is sustainable living
Hazelwood Beach House King Bedroom
Callala whale love
Designers Vesna & Rick Klajic
The designers

Vesna & Rick

With more than 30 years experience in architecture, design and construction, Rick’s passion is residential design. He’s an expert in design and space planning, and enjoys helping people achieve their property dreams through thoughtfully designed sustainable homes.  Our modern Australian homes are the result of this passion and Vesna’s vision was to bring them to life, in an affordable and naturally respectable way.

To share their uniqueness and simplicity with people who love life and the creative spirit is what brings us joy.  Come stay a while – we’d love you to experience them!

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