Callala Beach & Callala Bay in spectacular Jervis Bay
3 unique homes, 20 guests, 9 rooms
Found in paradise
The Sustainable Homes story
Hello, my name is Vesna and I want to tell you my story how I started our family boutique luxury accommodation 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 parcels of land 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 the Shoalhaven 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 home
Our dream was to design an affordable, healthy, low maintenance home – a place where our little girl can freely connect with nature, experience unspoilt Australia away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. The flat block of land was perfect, except for one thing that really 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“.
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 small family business on the South Coast was cut short by the economic environment and we were forced to come back to Sydney for work. I had to think fast and made the decision to rent our new home to guests so they could breathe, connect with nature and experience as we have Australia’s little slice of paradise.
Over the years we warmly welcomed guests from all over Australia and the world! Providing the highest level of service and privacy, and partnering with like-minded local 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 home was featured in many magazines as well as Australia’s Best Beach Houses book. Goes to show the benefits sustainability i.e. 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.
The value we bring a small coastal town and community lives on beyond the construction of a building and the rental to travellers or even tenants. NB: there’s no #fake here.
A brighter and more positive future: We look forward to welcoming you!
In the complex and uncertain environment of today, where technology is fast diminishing the vital human element, natural connection and personal touch, come stay and feel rejuvenated at White Sand Jervis Bay luxury accommodation.
Invest in your health, happiness and prosperity, cherish priceless memories and experience this stunning natural part of Australia we call home. And, feel free to enjoy the architecture too.
Vesna & Rick
With more than 30 years experience in architecture, design and building, Rick’s passion is residential design. He’s an expert in space planning, understands construction and enjoys helping people achieve their property dreams through quality 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 way.
To share their uniqueness and simplicity with people who appreciate minimalism, the good life and creative spirit is what brings us joy. Come stay – we’d love you to experience them.