One might think oneself at the threshold of a David Walsh gallery on arriving at this address. As monolithic as a mini MONA on a mammoth 4440-square-metre riverside block, the 10-year-old house and its award-winning grounds marry architectural brilliance and environmental bliss, all within eight kilometres of the city.
With dues to the existing advantages of bushland gardens and a tennis court, architect Lindsay Davis and landscape designer Robert Boyle are responsible for the state-of-play today. It’s clear they put their heads and hearts together, with the relationship between the interior and the exterior fused by glass walls and solidified by stone motifs.
IVANHOE \ 1 NYORIE COURT
- AGENT \ Marshall White Boroondara, 8862 4900
- PRICE \ $8 million – $8.8 million
- EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST \ close November 28 at 5pm
Marble-clad at the front, the house blossoms out to glass walls and picture windows at the rear.
The lower-ground level features a three-car garage, bathroom/laundry, 3000-bottle cellar and storage. You can swing in to the garage and take the lift to the higher levels.
On ground and entry level, a vast lounge welcomes with a gas log fireplace and a sheer-glass wall to pure-green scenery. Step right to formal dining and theatre rooms, and left to a casual meals area adjoining the kitchen and rear patio.
A floating wall hosting shelves-galore separates the dining room from the theatre. The matt-black kitchen has Gaggenau appliances and stone surfaces, while a sculpture on the patio furthers the romance with things of stone.
Contained in their own wing, three minor bedrooms have en suites and doors direct to the great outdoors.
The entire first floor is dedicated to the parents. It comprises a gym, home office, bedroom with drop-down television and dressing room, sauna, lavish en suite and two spectacular, bird’s-eye balconies.
Set below the entertainers’ terrace with retractable awnings and heater, the 25-metre, heated lap-pool fashions a lengthy link between the house and bushland backyard. The pool house doubles as a guest house, with a bedroom, bathroom and open-plan kitchen and living.
Roll down past the stone-walled pool terrace and tennis court, and you can paddle your own canoe on the passing Yarra River.
Slab heating, air-conditioning and security intercom figure among the prolific inclusions.
“This breathtaking modern masterpiece in an urban sanctuary creates a unique take on a magnificently-Melbourne lifestyle.” – Antony Woodley, agent