Kalamunda view

This Squaw Island retreat is designed to maximize its breathtaking, nearly 270-degree ocean views.

Hyannis Port home offers waterfront living at its finest

Kalamunda, an eastern suburb of Perth, Australia, gets its name from the Aboriginal words “Cala” (home) and “Munnda” (forest)—thus it is commonly translated to mean “a home in the forest.” Kalamunda is also a term that is understood to have ties to the language of the Ku-ring-gai tribe of northern Sydney, Australia, with the translation “place of many hills.”

It’s fitting, then, that an Australia native and his wife dubbed their Hyannis Port home Kalamunda, a property quietly nestled within a canopy of pine trees atop an undulating hill. But what lies beyond those trees and that hill is what undoubtedly distinguishes the home.

A waterfront home on Cape Cod is certainly not a rarity, but what is rare about Kalamunda are the kind of omnipresent, commanding ocean views it boasts. With nearly 270 degrees of Nantucket Sound scenery that seems to stretch on infinitely, it’s easy to understand why Kalamunda has such a hold on the homeowners, who have owned the property for the last 20-plus years.

In 2005, the homeowners enlisted architect Ivan Bereznicki to revamp their one-story cottage they had come to outgrow. “Some architects think inside out. He looks outside in,” the homeowner says of Ivan, whose approach would prove to be key, as she explains the motivation behind the remodel. “We were not looking for a big house,” she says. “The goal is to enjoy our living on the water as much as we can.”

Faced with zoning and conservation restrictions, Bereznicki was limited to a footprint of 2,000 square feet on the site. “That dictated the configuration very early on,” he says, “and it was a difficulty in that we needed to accommodate a very different program in a footprint that was designed for something completely different.” To accommodate the family of six and give them the open, indoor-outdoor living spaces they desired, Bereznicki redesigned Kalamunda as a three-story house. “We wanted to scale the house from what appears to be a lower element to something that rises up in steps gradually,” he explains.