Warner Court is a road with genuine “street presence”. It is wide, long and flanked by nature strips that are almost as wide as the street.
In places, nature strips and lawns merge to form green borders that are wider than the bitumen, making for a truly open feel.
- Barry Plant: 9842 8888
- Price: $2.9 million – $3.2 million
- Sale by set date: November 2 at 6pm
- Donvale: 19 kilometres from the city
- Two-storey house on about 4014 square metres
- Zoned and open-plan rooms; four bedrooms upstairs with en suite bathrooms
- One bedroom downstairs with sitting room, en suite and kitchenette; study; wet bar; tray ceilings; wood-combustion fireplace
- Granite kitchen countertops; under-slab heating; split-system heating and cooling; ducted vacuum
- Salt-chlorinated pool; mature garden; close to schools, shops, trains and freeway
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The 22 houses along Warner Court are well set back. All have neat front gardens and manicured nature strips.
The house at No.11, at the top of the court, has one of the front lawns that flow into the nature strip – a stretch of green touching the edge of the road.
With the footpath to the front door concealed by low hedges and shrubbery, the house capitalises on its pastoral setting. It has a striking presence in a green wedge.
Internally this presence is matched by a bright persona created by the generous use of glass, high tray ceilings and a layout that thoughtfully combines zoned and open spaces.
In the entry is a two-storey void framed by a huge picture window above the porch and topped by a gabled section that acts as a giant fanlight.
An upstairs gallery straddles the void like a viewing platform that captures outside views through the picture window and fanlight. It also straddles the stairwell and is common space shared by the upstairs bedrooms.
The juxtaposition of void, gallery and stairwell would make this a busy entry if the house were any smaller. But at this address, this zone – with light filtering through the dramatic upper level – is just the lead-in to the style elements in a house take has about 600 square metres of space.
A frameless bay window in the meals area adjoining the family room makes a similar, light-fantastic statement, letting in uncluttered views of the trees and trimmed hedges in the backyard.
These full-height windows, dressed with soft pelmets and lush drapes, make up the external walls of the family and meals area and the rumpus wing. Together they wrap around two sides of the swimming pool, making a picturesque connection between outdoors and in.
The pool is the main recent addition to the house; the vendor says: “There was no need to make more changes.” There is, however, provision for a full-sized tennis court in the back garden of this 4014-square-metre allotment.
With four bedrooms upstairs and a self-contained flat downstairs, the house is too big for the two people who now occupy it, the vendor says.
Extended families would find it a pretty nifty place to call home. The main bedroom comes with a huge retreat, walk-in wardrobe, en suite and private balcony with rural views. All the bedrooms have attached bathrooms and built-in wardrobes.
The kitchen, with granite benchtops, a walk-in pantry and Miele appliances, is well equipped for big-time home catering. The rumpus room has a Coonara wood-combustion heater for additional warmth. And it has a plumbed wet bar.
This property is in a part of Donvale that is quite close to Mitcham and Ringwood, bringing it within easy reach of the government schools, shopping centres and train stations in those two suburbs.
“A stately house of impressive proportions on a flat, rear-north-facing acre, in one of Donvale’s most prestigious cul-de-sacs.” Tony Tuccitto – agent