Countryside or city fringe? Amazingly, Kew’s rarefied Studley Park precinct is both.
The best pockets, along the escarpment above Yarra Boulevard, enjoy panoramic treescapes to Hawthorn along the Yarra River, to Northcote along Merri Creek and, on a clear day, to Mount Macedon; plus the green carpet of Yarra Bend golf course below and the Yarra coursing by.
Yet it’s just 4.5 kilometres north-east of the CBD as the crow flies, and the cluster of glassy skyscrapers sparkle on the edge of the parkland like a tiara on emerald cloth.
One of Studley Park’s best streets is secluded Redmond Street, boasting impressive architecture from Victorian Italianates to mid-century classics and bold contemporary forms.
KEW \ 29 REDMOND STREET
- AGENT \ Jellis Craig 9810 5000
- PRICE \ $10 million – $11 million
- EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST \ Close June 8 at 3pm
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Initially, two things distinguish the house at No. 29 – its end-of-street position beside the scrub of dog-friendly Yarra Bend Park and its potential for sub-division, as the 1539-square-metre block is on two titles.
The one-owner house is set across three levels at the far end of the sloping block, its top level visible from the street, and its bottom level still high above Yarra Boulevard.
The topography was a challenge and an inspiration when Stonehaven built it eight years ago. The box shape references modernist architecture while its rusty Corten cladding has an outback nuance that sits beautifully within designer native gardens.
Orientation, balconies and king-sized double-glazed windows and doors make the outlook the hero throughout.
Inside, there’s understated luxury in floating stairs, nutmeg American oak floors, marble, and Miele, Liebherr and Vintech kitchen and butler’s pantry appliances. Colour and flair are introduced in striking pendants and feature wallpaper.
The ground/middle level has a triple garage, then a large living room on the south side and a dining area beside the kitchen on the north side, all opening to a full-width balcony.
The lower level has two en-suited bedrooms plus a retreat, cellar and laundry.
The top level is a parents’ haven, with a vast dressing room, lavish en suite, study, sitting room and balcony.
Look to the view, then down to the outdoor entertainment area – a crazy-paved terrace, sun decks and a heated, self-cleaning pool and spa abutting a frameless glass boundary fence – to see a city abode and tranquil tree change merged into one.