Fancy building a house but can’t bear to put in the hours of painful deliberation, paint comparison and general stress? This state-of-the-art, ultracontemporary house could be your problem solved.
Only seven months old, it has barely been lived in and presents as a combination of display suite and home-magazine feature.
Fast facts: 41 Horace Street, Malvern, 3144
- Kay & Burton: 9820 1111
- Price: $3.25 million +
- Auction: August 13 at 11am
- Malvern: 12 kilometres from the city
- State-of-the-art two-storey house just seven months old
- Four bedrooms plus study; enormous open-plan kitchen, meals and living area
- Smeg kitchen appliances and two wine fridges; “drop-off zone” of laundry
- Powder room, gym and double garage; retreat-like main suite with luxurious walk-in wardrobe/dressing room and en suite
- Bluestone-paved outdoor dining area; solar-heated pool; low-maintenance landscaped block
- Oak floorboards; ducted heating and cooling; audio-visual surround sound
- Closed-circuit TV security and intercom
- Walking distance to Cabrini Health, Malvern Central, parks and public transport
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Its striking street presence stands out from its period and interwar neighbours, and is possibly one of the first of a new wave of housing in the area.
White and boxy, with vertical rectangle windows and external venetian blinds the distinct points of interest, the two-storey house is certainly eye-catching.
Designed with family in mind, the house is of voluminous proportions – with four bedrooms, a study and a playroom – and the fixtures and fittings are of the highest quality.
New owners can turn the key and move straight in. An enormous pivot front door is released via an intercom, the first hint at the cutting-edge technology inside. The interiors are awash in natural light, an effect heightened by white walls and wide, blond oak floors.
From the entrance foyer, double doors access the study, a sumptuous lounge-like space with gas fireplace. The external blinds become an internal feature here, contrasting with the black window frames, white architraves and grey paintwork. As exemplified throughout the house, the luxury is in the attention to detail.
A dedicated “drop-off zone”, comprising the laundry and powder room, has tiled floors and direct access to the double garage and gym. Bespoke hooks dot one wall, for hanging coats and backpacks on the way in. A chute deposits dirty laundry from the upstairs main bathroom.
Powder rooms are not usually worth mentioning – but this one is particularly impressive in gold and black geometric wallpaper. This family-oriented wet area culminates in the butler’s pantry.
The kitchen has two wine fridges, Smeg appliances, stone benchtops and handle-free cupboards. Two dishwashers have been integrated into the white cabinetry. One splashback is a mirror, the other a window to greenery.
An open wood fire with marble hearth warms the open-plan living area. Stacker doors and a huge window create a seamless connection with the glass-fenced, solar-heated pool, outdoor dining area and compact, landscaped rear yard. Retaining walls planted with trees block out the neighbours.
Thick carpet takes over from the oak floorboards on the first floor. The landing is a gallery-like space, its white walls a blank canvas for displaying artwork and sculptures.
Three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and share the main bathroom that has a huge walk-in shower and deep tub. Half-frosted window panes are both an aesthetic feature and a privacy measure.
Another pivot door leads to the palatial main suite. Spreading the width of the house at the rear, its lavish proportions are more in line with a retreat than a bedroom. Its walk-through wardrobe doubles as a dressing room, with two fitted dressing tables and full-length mirrors, and the en suite is fully tiled.
Inside the shower is a stone-encased tub, a set-up similar to that of many luxury hotels.
Among the lengthy list of high-end inclusions are zoned heating and cooling, closed-circuit TV security, surround sound with smartphone connectivity, remote-controlled blinds, plantation shutters and ducted vacuum.
Extra-wide Horace Street, with trees marking the median strip, connects High Street and Wattletree Road, putting many of Malvern’s key amenities within walking distance.
People in the area are spoilt for choice with cafes, restaurants and artisan retailers; a common pastime is picking up a coffee while walking the dog to Central Park or Milton Gray Reserve.
Sip a drink at the rooftop bar or indulge in Italian cuisine in the restaurant.
Finch & Lane
Browse the extensive collection of luxury homewares and furniture at this interior decor store or shop online.
Malvern Town Hall
On the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street, the town hall (c1886) is a local landmark.
“A showcase of fabulous style, superb quality & a brilliant floor plan in a much sought-after pocket of Malvern.” Emma Bloom – agent