Leafiness abounds in this part of Warrandyte. The blocks are generous and pools and tennis courts are common. With an acre (4000 square metres) or thereabouts to play with, it can be tempting to add life’s little outdoor luxuries.
Plenty of attention is also paid to landscaping. Mature trees, rolling lawns and grand gates set the scene for sprawling houses with plenty of indoor amenities.
Fast facts: 11 Pamela Court, Warrandyte, 3113
- Jellis Craig – 8841 4888
- Price – $1.5 million +
- Auction – April 23 at 2pm
- Two-storey, brick-veneer house on 4002 square metres of land
- Tiled roof
- Tiled and carpeted floors
- Four bedrooms upstairs
- Study/fifth bedroom downstairs
- Three living zones
- Gas-log fire in formal lounge
- Kitchen with granite benchtops and Blanco appliances
- Rumpus room
- Powder room
- Ducted heating
- Evaporative cooling
- Ducted vacuum
- Landscaped garden and flood-lit, mod-grass tennis court
- Three-car garage
- Find out more about this property and more in Warrandyte here.
So it is in Pamela Court, one of a series of cul-de-sacs tucked off Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road. No.11 is set below the road, reached via a long, sweeping driveway to its triple garage or by foot down smart bluestone steps edged with pencil pines.
Bluestone stars throughout a scene-stealing garden here. It’s used in paths, paving and garden edging, and on the terraces that lead down to the lawn and tennis court at the rear of the property.
Entry to the house is under a deep porch and into a large tiled foyer. To its right is the formal lounge. Tall windows make the most of the outlook to the front garden, while a feature brick wall incorporates a gas-log fireplace and shelving. Through a squared arch is the formal dining room, where the outlook is over the back garden.
Next door, the kitchen has black granite benchtops and white cabinetry. Equipped with stainless-steel Blanco appliances, including a wall-mounted oven and grill and a five-burner gas hob, it’s a pleasant and practical workspace. Full-height windows and a crisp colour scheme in shades of white (tiles, walls, cabinetry) and black (blinds, benchtops) enhance the light, bright feeling.
The kitchen overlooks a family living area with doors to the first of the bluestone-paved terraces.
The adjacent rumpus room has its own doors to the outside, as well as a wet bar. Picture windows on the opposite wall provide yet another garden vista. Practicality abounds, too – there’s a bathroom at one end of the room and a generous laundry and separate storeroom at the other.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and two more bathrooms. The main suite takes up almost a quarter of the floor space, getting a walk-in wardrobe and en suite. The remaining bedrooms (all with built-in wardrobes) share the family bathroom, which has a tub and shower.
The possible fifth bedroom is downstairs. It’s near the front door and fitted out as a study but it has a built-in wardrobe, and corner windows to take in yet more of those leafy vistas.
There’s no doubt the garden, and enviable views of it, are a major feature of this property. It is mature, planned and leafy but, despite its size, relatively low on maintenance. Good planning and a built-in watering system mean the hard work is minimised. There’s not too much more to do than pull up a chair on the terrace, although the more energetic might enjoy a hit on the north-south tennis court at the bottom of the property.
When the time does come to venture further afield, there are shops and schools within five kilometres. Regular buses service the area, heading to The Pines Shopping Centre, the city or to Eltham and Ringwood stations. Perhaps this is a side of town where the grass really is greener.