Bethany and Lorenzo at The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills NSW


"I love everything about it,” says Bethany. “It’s so beautiful. It’s an eco-friendly house with exposed beams and unique exteriors, which gives it a really contemporary Japanese look and feel.”

The couple’s home is located within The Hermitage, an evolving masterplanned community in Sydney’s south-west developed by Sekisui House, one of the world’s largest residential development companies. Bethany says she was also drawn to the Sekisui House ethos to create homes and communities that improve with time and last for generations.

“We don’t have children yet, but when we do, we will have access to playgrounds and parklands and that was really important to us. This is a family focused community and that’s one of the many reasons we love it,” Bethany explains.


Less than an hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD, the couple’s house is set on a 503-square metre block adjoining expansive green parklands. The light-filled, open-plan living room and kitchen are Niceta’s favourite rooms in the house.

“I have such an open house. I can fit 40 people in my lounge room. It’s a real entertainer’s house,” she says. “The internal colour scheme included off-white floor tiles throughout and white walls, Westinghouse appliances and dark grey cabinetry, which gives it a really modern look. The exposed SHAWOOD timber beams also give the house character and add a certain ‘wow’ factor.

“The best thing about living in The Hermitage is the open spaces. It feels really private because of the reserve across the road from us but it is also in a great location. Our home is quiet and filled with natural light with really high ceilings and there is a high degree of craftsmanship on show,” she adds.

For Bethany and Lorenzo, buying off the plan meant they could save enough money to pay off the stamp duty when the time came to settle.

“Sekisui House always kept me up-to-date. What I loved about the SHAWOOD design and construction was that the home built for us had been tried and tested so there was not one single drama during the build,” she says.

Click here to find out more about The Hermitage.