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 In Lifestyle

Iconic Toorak: Then and Now

Strolling along the winding tree-lined boulevards of Toorak today, a seamless blend of well-preserved, iconic architecture and contemporary construction can be observed.

Abounding in lush foliage, Toorak is renowned for its executive style, luxury residences and rich heritage. When James Jackson, a wealthy merchant, built Toorak House in 1849, embellished by its ornate Italianate tower, he created the architectural mould for the suburb. In the years that followed, Toorak steadily acquired churches, private schools, commerce and public transport, along with a growing reputation for distinction, refinement and leisure.

Strolling along the winding tree-lined boulevards of Toorak today, a seamless blend of well-preserved, iconic architecture and contemporary construction can be observed. Throughout the years, one thing has remained constant; Toorak has always been home to Melbourne’s most enviable addresses, including waterfront homes complete with Yarra River access to futuristic architectural marvels such as the acclaimed 9 Towers Road residence, which on its sale in December 2016, became Victoria’s most expensive home.

“The proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens and manicured parks ensures a nature fix is never far away.”

Today, a vibrant shopping precinct caters to Toorak’s residents, offering designer clothes and homewares, cosy bookshops and exceptional culinary options. In addition, the proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens and manicured parks ensures a nature fix is never far away. Unique cultural offerings include the popular Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition that runs until June 11. A long standing tradition, this exhibition invites local artists to contribute sculptural pieces which are to be integrated within Toorak’s charming landscape.

Toorak is one of Melbourne’s most easily recognisable postcodes. The leafy oasis is just moments from the city and caters to families, the young, the mature and anyone inbetween.

Images: Marshall White

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