This sprawling brick house is like a burst of sunshine – full of happy colours and with a floor plan packed with surprises. The cobalt-blue front doors herald an entry of terracotta-coloured floor tiles decorated with a blue border.
This colour palette – cobalt blue and burnt sienna tones – is carried through to other rooms on ground level and is a contrast to the quiet external brickwork.
FAST FACTS: 5 ROBDON COURT, DONVALE, 3111
- Barry Plant \ 9842 8888
- Price \ $2 million – $2.3 million
- Sale by set date \ October 18
- Single-storey house with basement level; 3991-square-metre block; zoned living and bedrooms
- Study; basement home office/rumpus; open fireplace; indoor water feature
- Kitchen with granite benchtops; ducted vacuum; ducted heating/cooling; security alarm; gate intercom
- Solar-heated pool; landscaped garden; four-car garage; close to schools, shops, train stations and freeway
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The entry is also a surprise. To its left is a full-height wall mural of a rural hamlet painted in pastel colours. To its right is a rectangular pond under a flight of stairs to the kitchen, meals and family wing.
The wall opposite the front door has a bank of windows framing a view of the pool in the back garden.
Here you can look up to admire the period-style light fitting hanging from the tall ceiling or look down to see the fat koi swimming lazily in the pond. It’s a dramatic space with good vibes.
From this entry the house fans out to two wings. The west wing runs north-south to accommodate the kitchen, family and meals zone, while the east wing is aligned east-west. This layout tucks the house into the top corner of a triangular block, setting it far from the road and giving it the look of a country estate.
The property feels like country, but is close to town. It has a kitchen garden that can produce enough fruit and vegetables for a large family.
The kitchen, with granite benchtops, has a 900-millimetre gas hob, 900-millimetre electric oven and loads of storage and it can easily cope with a bumper home-grown harvest.
The kitchen is flanked by a meals area and living area. A two-way open fireplace in the centre of the living zone is a warming centrepiece in the large room that has doors (cobalt blue, of course) to the pool.
On the other side of the kitchen, the meals area opens to a north-facing deck perfect for eating outside. This zone has tiled floors with the cobalt blue inset borders.
For formal dining there’s a lounge and dining room in the east wing. With draped windows framing a verdant view, the room has French-blue carpet as a mark of its formality.
From here, a short flight of stairs leads down to the accommodation zone of four bedrooms and two modern bathrooms. The main has a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with spa.
Below the bedroom wing is a basement level that’s used as a home office. The laundry and bathroom on this level would come in handy for guests or extended family.
This is large house zoned for easy living. It has a well-designed garden that is ornamental and functional.
It even has a patch of sugar cane which, the vendor says, is used in the preparation of clear soups. What is not so clear, though, is how this tropical cane has survived the cold Melbourne winters.
It is yet another unexpected encounter on this fascinating property.