The old orchards of Templestowe are enshrined in history. But what of the palm farm?
That plantation flourished in Foote Street, supplying the neighbourhood’s taste for exotica and dreams of the tropics.
Fast facts: 282-284 Foote Street, Templestowe, 3106
- Jellis Craig: 8841 4888
- Price: $2.4 million +
- Auction: August 6 at 2pm
- Templestowe: 16 kilometres from the city
- Opulent 446-square-metre house on 4219 square metres, built with Daniel Robertson brick
- Soaring cedar ceilings; marble and hardwood flooring; living, dining and games rooms with bar
- Family room with open fireplace; granite kitchen with Gaggenau and AEG appliances, walk-in pantry and meals area
- Four ground-floor bedrooms plus lower-ground-floor bed/sitting room; music room, sauna and huge store room
- Deck leading to pool and terrace with barbecue cabana
- Floodlit tennis court; landscaped garden; double garage with workshop
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Many of the best specimens ended up right next door when, in 1985, the palm farm’s owners built a new family abode. The house is striking, built of Daniel Robertson brick with a tall, colonnaded porch. At 446 square metres, it’s a large residence.
Four living areas and five bedrooms give it immediate appeal to big families. Sumptuous though it is, the house occupies just a sliver of the acreage.
With 4219 square metres, there’s ample room for the tennis court (modgrass, floodlit, immaculate) and the 150,000-litre pool and spa, kept balmy by gas and solar heating and surrounded by a slate terrace fringed with palms.
There’s a thatched barbecue cabana with mains gas, and beyond the court is a landscaped lawn so deep, it looks like a private park.
Living areas are oriented toward the deck and garden, and bedrooms are zoned in the west wing. On the lower-ground floor is a bed/sitting room with an en suite, sauna and adjoining soundproofed music room.
The family room, with its exposed-brick fireplace and north-facing windows, is a cosy heat trap in winter. The kitchen still sports its original good looks in limed timber with black granite benchtops.
There’s an AEG oven, Miele dishwasher, Gaggenau induction cooktop, and pantry almost as big as the kitchen itself.
The vaulted cedar ceiling rises almost eight metres in the carpeted living room, a beautiful space with a gas log fire and sliding doors to the deck.
The billiards room has solid timber bookshelves and a desk. Step through to the dining room and its colourful view down Sarah Crescent. All three rooms are served by a granite bar.
The dorm wing has three big double bedrooms, all with built-in storage; the main has a fully tiled en suite with shower. The fourth, smaller bedroom is currently a study. The marble main bathroom has a free-standing tub and walk-in shower.
The property has gas ducted heating, evaporative cooling and ducted vacuum. The double garage is supplemented by gated driveway parking.
“A wonderful resort-lifestyle family home with all the luxury, space & privacy offered by an acre.” Thi Nguyen – agent