This stately English-inspired residence is in a world of its own. Established trees and gardens, manicured hedges and sandstone surrounds in superb 1204-square-metre grounds are sheltered from hustle and bustle at the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac.
A significant renovation seven years ago, directed by architect Christopher Doyle, has enhanced and modernised the 1930s house with its steeply pitched roof and clinker brick facade.
TOORAK \ 244 KOOYONG ROAD
- AGENT \ Marshall White 9822 9999
- PRICE \ $8.3 million – $9.1 million
- EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST \ Close September 19 at 5pm
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Dramatic pillars frame the grand marble hall, emphasising the space in the open living and dining rooms on either side. The study has double oak doors to the dining room and the refined air of a library.
A pillared island bench sits at the heart of the kitchen, which has granite benchtops and a double Ilve oven. Much thought has been put into storage here and in the butler’s pantry.
The basement is a revelation. A huge rumpus area has room for billiards, comfy couches and a kitchenette, neatly concealed behind folding doors. Beyond is the bedroom suite with a sizeable dressing room, a marble spa en suite and powder room (the second on this level).
This is a teenager’s paradise, where they can be entirely on their own – until the family want to join the party in the living room. Designed for all weather, there is a barbecue inside but bifold doors swing open to include the outdoor terrace, with views of the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and the valley below.
Entertaining can be taken to another level with the sparkling swimming pool and spa as well as the fully equipped guest house.
For convenience, take the lift to the first floor to the main bedroom suite. Look through the plantation shutters to the gorgeous front courtyard.
There are floor-to-ceiling wardrobes, a separate walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with swathes of marble. The marble is also used in the central bathroom and another en suite. Three bedrooms look across the garden to the pool, one with a private terrace.
The property also has a wine room, laundry and double garage, plus a sophisticated security system.