Sitting majestically at the centre of a sprawling hectare of land, this stately manor is an elegant blend of regal sophistication and Italianate architecture. Inspired by, and in many ways a faithful replica of the National Trust treasure that is Como House, located in South Yarra, Melbourne, this very special residence captures the same sense of refined opulence and glamour of the original.
Showcasing a selection of features synonymous with its architectural style, the home is characterised by low-pitch roofs, classical cornices, full-height windows as well as bay windows. The beautiful design is made quintessentially Australian with the addition of a sandstone paved verandah that wraps around the facade and is graced by wrought-iron filigree.
With all that being said, the home is far from old-fashioned. Having undergone an extensive renovation in December 2017, the residence has been lovingly updated, with a series of state-of-the-art features, lavish appointments and contemporary inclusions at almost every turn.
Having been completely resurfaced as recently as 2018, the tree-lined driveway welcomes you onto the property, guiding you through the heavily-manicured grounds and towards the manor's entrance.
Once inside, the grand interiors have a propensity to fill one with awe. French Oak timber floors in a herringbone pattern meet you upon entry, while ornate ceiling roses and cornices and elegant timber panelling adorn the ceilings and walls throughout. At the heart of the abode, an impressive imperial staircase separates the home's downstairs living areas from the upstairs bedrooms.
Traditional casement windows and French doors in every room ensure a wealth of natural light and gentle breezes permeate the many interiors, while extravagant lighting fixtures and a chandelier centrepiece act as a tasteful homage to the home's heritage.
Occupying the northern wing of the home lies the gourmet kitchen, featuring Caesarstone benchtops, soft-close cabinetry with contrasting island bench and a suite of quality Smeg appliances, including gas cooktop. Finishing this dream culinary space is a walk-in pantry, complete with an extra sink and additional storage.
Adjoining the kitchen is the lounge room, where relaxation is a given thanks to the in-built cocktail bar with integrated dishwasher drawer. From here, French doors open out to the expansive covered patio that overlooks the sparkling in-ground pool, landscaped lawn and immaculately maintained full-size tennis court. Featuring an outdoor kitchen with in-built barbeque and space for a mini fridge, this patio offers the stage for truly incomparable entertaining. No matter whether it be a garden soiree, formal alfresco dinner event or something larger, such as a reception, this outdoor area is an absolute highlight.
Completing the lower level is a formal dining room with original fireplace; a den, distinctly decorated and styled from the rest of the home; a formal sitting room; a dedicated laundry that features a gift wrapping station and doubles as a mud room with exterior access; and the home's first bathroom, beautifully styled with herringbone marble flooring, Caesarstone vanity benchtops, and quality fixtures with a vintage aesthetic.
Spaced throughout the upper level are the home's four bedrooms, including the luxurious master bedroom. With luxe carpet, his and her walk-in robe and an exquisite ensuite that features a double basin vanity with AXA tapware and a freestanding bathtub, this is one private retreat that parents will be reluctant to leave. The further three bedrooms are all generously sized, fitted with built-in robes, and are serviced by the third bathroom and separate powder room. Three of the four bedrooms also enjoy direct access to the wraparound balcony via French doors.
Attached to the main house is a secure garage which offers room for four vehicles and extensive storage space. Positioned towards the rear of the property is not one, but two sheds, perfect to be used as additional garages or something different altogether, such as a workshop, home studio or office. Both sheds are equipped with three-phase power generators, while the larger of the two features five automatic doors and an abundance of space, allowing you to store a vast amount of bulky machinery and equipment.
Also found at the rear of the property is a detached granny flat. Constructed in 2014, this dual-living offering comes complete with air conditioning, raked ceilings, fully-equipped kitchen appointed with Westinghouse appliances, and a spacious bedroom with built-in robe and an ensuite.
For a property so vast and impressive, the list of notable features is understandably extensive. Highlights include a fully-monitored alarm system for fire and surveillance, a wine cellar with 300+ bottle capacity, VacuMaid, split-system air conditioning throughout lower level and Advanced Air zone-controlled ducted air conditioning in the upstairs bedrooms, extensive storage, and septic tank system with automatically scheduled servicing.
Enjoying blissful estate living just 12km from the CBD, this property succeeds in not compromising convenience for its peaceful seclusion. A wide range of amenities can be found within minutes' drive at the Albany Shopping Village, while reputable schools are also nearby, with St Paul's School and Albany Creek State School both less than 10 minutes' away by car.
For a unique lifestyle experience fit for royalty, call to arrange an inspection today.