Listing of the Day
Location: Toorak, Melbourne, Australia
Price: A$16 million to A$17 million (US$12.5 million to US$13.3 million)
The plots of land are large in Melbourne’s most exclusive suburb, and the owners of this stately home have put every square meter to good use.
Built in the 1930s but remodeled four years ago by esteemed architect David Hicks, the three-story double brick home in Toorak has multiple sports facilities, a range of entertaining spaces and rooms, and enough bedrooms to hold a large family, plus guests.
“Homes from the 1930s are very popular around here,” said Sotheby’s International Realty agent Phillip French. “They are all double brick and lend themselves to a nice contemporary renovation, which is what has happened with this home.”
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It has a formal lounge room, separate dining area, kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and built-in Subzero fridges and a range.
Entered through an elegant circular foyer, the home has large, light-filled interiors and beautifully landscaped gardens with three separate water features.
Set on 1,910 square meters (over 20,000 square feet), it’s a 15-minute drive to Melbourne’s Central Business District and close to some of Australia’s best schools.
The 650-square-meter (7,000-square-foot) home has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three powder rooms.
David Hicks is one of Australia’s most famous architects, known for his streamlined spaces and elegant decorative layering. His work appears frequently in local and international design magazines, and he has been a guest judge on primetime renovation show “The Block. ”
The home has a full-sized north-south tennis court, a heated pool with pool house and a gym. Entertainment areas include a covered outdoor entertaining terrace with a separate outdoor kitchen, a cinema room and a wine cellar that can hold around 2,000 bottles.
There is also a six-car basement garage with a workshop and storage areas, and two studies. The bathrooms have underfloor heating.
Toorak is Melbourne’s most expensive suburb, with many of the city’s wealthiest families taking advantage of the suburb’s large, elevated land allotments to build sumptuous mansions.
Its leafy, tree-lined streets are home to celebrities, famous sports stars and heads of business. Residents over the years include AFL broadcaster Eddie McGuire, “Real Housewives of Melbourne” star Gina Liano, former Telstra boss Ziggy Switkowski, former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu and former prime ministers Malcolm Fraser and Harold Holt.
It has been home to members of the wealthy Smorgon, Liberman, Besen and Stamoulis families, among others.
The suburb is bordered to the north by the Yarra River, has easy access to the Monash Freeway. Burnley golf course is a short walk away, there are numerous local tennis clubs, and it is home to prestigious private schools such as Geelong Grammar and St Catherine’s, both of which serve preschool to year 12.
“It’s a lovely place to live,” said Mr. French, who is also a Toorak resident. “It’s safe, it’s quiet, you feel secure here and it’s close to everything.”
Agent: Phillip French, Sotheby’s International Realty
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