Set high on a clearing surrounded by trees, this house has the looks of a classic homestead.
It is long and wide, embraces the outdoors with gusto, and enhances the indoors with stylish, sensible comforts.
Fast facts: 8 Valley Road, Wonga Park, 3115
- Jellis Craig: 9908 5700
- Price: $4.5 million – $5 million
- Expressions of interest: Close June 8 at 6pm
- Brick-veneer house on four hectares
- Full-height glass walls
- Four bedrooms in main house
- All with en suites
- Two bedrooms in studio apartment
- Open-plan living areas
- Games room
- TV room
- Video intercom
- Ducted heating
- Refrigerated cooling
- Ducted vacuum
- Salt-chlorinated, solar-heated pool
- 2500 square-metre shed
- Horse menage
- Garaging for 16 cars
- Close to schools, shops, train and EastLink
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To start, all the bedrooms are big enough for double beds. Each has its own en suite – tiled floor to ceiling in latte tones to offset two white vessel handbasins on timber vanities. And each has a private courtyard or deck, linking it to the great outdoors. Three of the four bedrooms in the main house have walk-in wardrobes.
The two bedrooms in a studio apartment above the garage are not similarly fitted but are compensated by a big balcony overlooking the canopy of trees stretching all the way to the horizon.
Much of the outdoor space on this four-hectare property is natural bushland. The tree line is kept a safe distance from habitation but it is never out of view. Picture windows and full-height glass walls ensure there are no obstructions to the outdoor visuals.
A long, concrete driveway curves up to the house. From the driveway, a deep porch with square-cut timber columns leads to a frosted-glass front door paired with matching sidelights.
The entry, which has a panel of tall, fixed windows taking in the sights of a courtyard garden, turns left into a wide hallway with ironbark flooring and a dry-stone wall. This design feature shows off the beauty of stone unfettered by mortar, and is repeated in several rooms and covers square columns on two patios.
The warmth of wood, the strength of stone and the lightness of glass give this house its distinctive character.
There are two wings: a west wing of four bedrooms sharing a family retreat and an east wing with laundry, games room with a wet bar, and TV room.
The hub is an open-plan kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, Smeg appliances, a coffee machine and HydroTap water, a meals area and a family room.
It extends to a covered patio with built-in barbecue and cooking facilities. From this patio, a deck wraps around an in-ground swimming pool with stone-paved surrounds.
This house is on the market for the first time in about 21 years, the vendor says.
It was renovated with a careful eye for detail about eight years ago, with only small changes to its original footprint.
Being home to a family with interests in horses and cars, this property has “stables” for both. The horse quarters come with a vast menage.
The car spaces provide under-cover parking for up to 16 cars.
A large workshop/storage room is part of the garage complex, which hous the upstairs, two-bedroom studio flat upstairs.
This property is a short drive to schools including Yarra Valley Grammar, and shops.
The recently refurbished Eastland Shopping Centre, with a 12-screen cinema complex and more than 200 shops, is also not far away.