Originally designed in 1965 by renowned architect Guilford Bell with gardens by Edna Walling, the spectacular reimagining of this unique modernist domain has created one of Toorak’s most admired riverfront properties. Palatial in scale, luxuriously finished and with its own private jetty it has been designed with impeccable flair and attention to detail as a venue for relaxed living, intimate family occasions and entertaining on a vast scale indoors and throughout the magnificent Jack Merlo landscaped north-facing garden and pool surrounds.
A discreet street frontage is contrasted with a breathtaking vision from the river of lush greenery cascading over multiple levels of award-winning form concrete. Throughout each lift-connected level and outdoors, terrazzo finished polished concrete floors create a seamless flow while floor to ceiling glass transmits natural light every day of the year. Bagged bricks and custom designed timber partitions and walls pay homage to the original sixties style. A sweeping staircase introduces an expansive sitting/theatre room with executive office, a palatial dining room beneath a raised ceiling and striking chef’s kitchen boasting a gas pebble fire and stone benches with a quartz topped bar underlit for effect. Equipped for any culinary challenge, the kitchen features integrated Liebherr fridge/freezers, 2 Euro-cave wine fridges, 4-Miele ovens(2), steamer and microwave, a commercial Goldstein gas stove top and teppanyaki grill, butler’s pantry and two integrated dishwashers. The dining area extends seamlessly out to a large north-facing undercover terrace with BBQ and built in seating overlooking the Yarra River through a veil of lush foliage.
A versatile and spacious children’s rumpus room with plenty of space for table tennis also opens to the north-facing terrace. On the same level there is also a gym or 6th bedroom with stylish bathroom and robes. A fabulous timber gallery with glass “trophy” case and library shelves links the beautiful main bedroom with mosaic tiled ensuite, deluxe Apaiser bath, Toto toilet, dual dressing rooms and a private north-facing terrace with two bedrooms both with stunning ensuites and robes and an additional bedroom and bathroom. A self-contained New York style 1-bedroom apartment comprising a kitchenette, living space, robes and bathroom is perfect for guests with its own street access.
A remarkable entertaining/party terrace with extensive built-in seating and a full wet bar overlooks the glorious “Hollywood” style solar/gas heated self-cleaning pool with the Yarra River as the backdrop. Below is a huge lawn area with dual BBQs, deck with firepit and access to the private jetty with boat mooring.
One of a handful of Toorak properties enjoying river frontage and a jetty, this extraordinary home is comprehensively appointed with Crestron smart home automation, CCTV, advanced security, zoned heating/cooling, hydronic floor heating, remote blinds, video intercom, opulent powder-room, pool automation, pool bathroom and sauna, laundry with drying room, irrigation, an abundance of store-rooms and internally accessed 4+ car garage with 3 Tesla Powerwall 2 Batteries and 21Kw solar system running “off grid” for most of summer. Land size 1736sqm approx. Floor size 914sqm approx.