The fascinating appeal of this house comes not only from what it looks like, or what it feels like, but also how it works.
Its format is classical symmetry: the facade is a square-cut portico flanked by the walls of two rooms punctuated by perfectly balanced windows and, on each side, rectangular symmetrical garages.
The symmetry is even better appreciated at the rear of the house, where the building’s two wings semi-surround the blue rectangle of the swimming pool.
A semi-circular upstairs balcony tops the rounded roof over the downstairs patio.
Fast facts: 6 Green Ridge, Warrandyte South, 3134
- Barry Plant: 9842 8888
- Price: $5 million +
- Sale by set date: June 8 at 6pm
- Warrandyte South: 24 kilometres from the city
- Luxurious two-storey mansion on about 3225 square metres
- Marble and carpet floors
- En suites to four bedrooms
- Walk-in wardrobes in five bedrooms
- Gourmet kitchen
- Cool room
- Billiards room with bar
- 13-seat home cinema
- Slab heating
- Zoned heating/cooling
- Ducted vacuum
- Security alarm
- Video intercom
- Tennis court
- Garaging for 17 cars
- Easy access to Eastern Freeway and EastLink.
Find out more about this property and others in Warrandyte South here.
At this house, the “upstairs” is technically the ground floor, while the “downstairs” is a lower-ground level. From the street, this looks like a sprawling single-level house, while from the large backyard, it’s a two-storey mansion.
The main living areas are on the ground floor, which is home to four double bedrooms, each with a fully tiled marble en suite and vanities finished with a metal coating to match the patterned marble.
Central to this floor is the living area with a kitchen and an open-plan living/dining room that opens to the covered balcony overlooking the pool and tennis court.
A glass display cabinet partitions the kitchen into two sections – a serving area marked out by a granite-topped island bench, and a preparation area equipped with a cool room (instead of a fridge), two Gaggenau ovens, five gas hobs, a benchtop grill and steamer, plus a plate warmer.
There is also instant hot/chilled drinking water, an integrated freezer, dishwasher and waste compactor.
Sweeper ducts make for lighter work in the kitchen area, while vacuum outlets with pull-out ducting – each about 15 metres – take care of cleaning throughout the rest of the house.
The marble floor tiles here, as well as in the other rooms, are 20 millimetres thick.
A dumbwaiter was installed at some expense but is used mainly to conduct basket-loads of clothes to and from the laundry downstairs.
The lower-ground floor, meanwhile, is the entertainment complex of the house. The billiards room, with its marble bar and parquetry-tile floor, has doors leading out to a patio and to the stone-tiled surrounds of the pool.
In one wing of this lower-ground level is a soundproof home cinema that seats 13 in plush movie-theatre comfort. The other wing has a laundry, gym, bathroom and bedroom with walk-in wardrobe.
An outdoor kitchen with bifold doors to the swimming pool and a bathroom for pool users are also on this level.
There is also a third level to this house: a garage below the tennis court. In addition to space for 13 cars, there are store rooms and a living area, games room, kitchenette, home office/bedroom and bathroom.
Two 23,000-litre water tanks feed the irrigation system laid out in the neatly landscaped garden, which includes a lawn behind the flood-lit tennis court.
There’s so much open space here, and loads of fastidiously thought-out features that promise a luxurious lifestyle for both outdoors and indoors people.
“Elegance & superior quality defines this spectacular home, which delivers palatial living on a breathtaking scale. It’s truly a home of distinction.” Adele Kocuk, agent