With its stepped landscaping surrounded by formal clipped hedges, manicured lawns and creeping vines, this Sydney house has a transportive quality. Blink and you could be at a European villa, huddled around the stone outdoor fireplace in winter or sunning under a nautical umbrella in summer. Framed in no less than two different tiles, the glamorous aqua pool is the ultimate showstopper, ringed by Tunisian handmade tiles.

Built in the 1960s, the house had a kitsch, Tuscan-inspired look but

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