Set back from the street and framed by two grand liquidambar trees, 15 Mona Place has the kind of movie-set good looks that lovers of period romances dream about. A white, two-storey old English revial house with navy blue shutters and a stately entrance, it’s easy to imagine being the hero or heroine of your very own story here.
SOUTH YARRA \ 15 MONA PLACE
- AGENT \ Marshall White, 9822 9999
- PRICE \ $7.495 million
- PRIVATE SALE
Designed circa 1929 by architect Hugh Peck, whose interwar-era houses dot a number of Stonnington streets, the property retains a number of original features, such as rich American oak paneling throughout the foyer and adjoining dining room, and a wide timber staircase that leads to the second floor.
The ground level is dedicated to communal living. A central hallway divides the house into two wings, with a sitting room, family area and study on the left. The wide sitting room and the study both overlook the gardens, and the former has an open fireplace.
The right-hand side hosts the oak-panelled dining room (also with fireplace) and a large, long kitchen and meals area. At the rear, there’s a wine cellar, storage and a verandah that overlooks the back garden. Honey-hued floorboards feature throughout, and the colour scheme varies between pale neutrals and warm yellows.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, including a main with an en suite, walk-in-robe and retreat nook.
Sitting on a 1060-square-metre block, 15 Mona Place might just lay claim to South Yarra’s largest private garden as well. Its country-style aesthetic was inspired by Edna Walling’s 1920s and ’30s designs. Trees and shrubbery border a sprawling lawn and a sunken citrus garden at the back leads to a second residence; a self-contained red brick cottage-like studio apartment surrounded by stone paving. Inside, there’s a bedroom, small kitchen and bathroom, ideal for teens or out-of-town visitors.
Situated between Toorak and Domain roads, it has to be said that location will be a huge draw for buyers eager for a prime South Yarra position. Fawkner Park is a block south, the Royal Botanic Gardens are a short stroll north, and the suburb’s primary train station and trams are mere metres away.
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