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+80 melbourne’s best properties in partnership with Agents index BENNISON MACkINNON BIGGIN & SCOTT 58-61 67 BUxTON 91 CAINE 67 CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL 57 FLETCHERS 78-81 HOCkING STUART HOOPER 66 77 jELLIS CRAIG 68-77 kAY & BURTON 62-65 LITTLE RESIDENTIAL MARSHALL WHITE 61 82-90 MARSHALL WHITE ONE 91 MATTHEW IACO 91 NELSON ALExANDER NOEL jONES 81 52-56 O’DONOGHUES FIRST NATIONAL 96 PRIDE 65 RODNEY MORLEY PERSICHETTI 91 RT EDGAR 92-96 WALSH CAIRNES 77 WHITING & CO 81 out of town HUNT 99 jACOB & LOWE-BENNETTS 99 kEATINGS 99 RT EDGAR 99 EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS PROPERTY EDITOR \ MARIA HARRIS M: 0409 009 766 @mariaharristwr jO DAvY \ 0411 388 365 ADvERTISING INQUIRIES REAL ESTATE SALES DIRECTOR \ jOHN IOANNOU M: 0418 323 009 PAST SHAPES THE FUTURE \ 48 JACKA STREET, BALWYN NORTH, 3104 J acka Street, like much of Balwyn and its northern neighbour, has changed a great deal in the past 15 years. The 1950s saw single-level houses emerging up and down the streets, a result of the post-World War II influx of families to the area. Today, contemporary mansions, custom-designed to make the most of the suburb’s big blocks and even bigger views, interrupt the once-uniform lines of red-brick houses. One of the most lavish of these contemporary houses for which the new Balwyn is becoming known sits at the end of Jacka Street, in the heart of the Eastern Gardens Estate. Though cutting-edge in design and amenities, the owners have looked to the past to shape the future of modern luxury. A combination of Palladian symmetry and French provincial proportions is a distinct nod to some of the grandest architectural styles history has seen. Tall casement windows sit evenly across the façade behind a magnificent pedimented portico, contributing to the house’s impressive street presence. The wrought-iron fence, mirrored on the second-storey balcony, doesn’t hurt either. Land size is a nudge over 1000-square metres, allowing for wide-open spaces inside and out. Formal living and entertainment spaces at the front of the house share an open floor plan. Intricately detailed cornices maintain the flow of the rooms while defining each space for its purpose; drinks around the ornate fireplace in the lounge, followed by an intimate meal in the dining room. Across the entry hall, a guest bedroom is serviced by an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, but could just as easily serve as a spacious office with views of the manicured front gardens and trickling water feature. The requisite home-theatre room that follows is a surprise addition to the ground level; one would often find this tucked away in the basement. Fully fitted with surround-sound and a built-in entertainment unit, it’s the only dark room you will find in the entire house. Parquetry floors of European oak have a strong grain FinAl woRd “ELEgANCE ANd COmfORTABLE fAmiLY LiviNg CONvERgE iN THiS BEAuTifuL NEW HOmE iN AN ENviABLE pOCKET WiTHiN THE BALWYN HigH SCHOOL zONE.” dAimAN KANE - AgENT The real estate cover story (right), We Love It property reviews on the following pages have been visited by TWR journalists. Agent’s Choice and Out of Town are real estate promotions provided by the agents unless tagged as written by a TWR journalist. Free! DownloaD our app! search for properties to buy, rent & share. Available from itunes 42 The weekly review \ december 12, 2012 throughout the open-plan kitchen, meals and family area. The butler’s pantry is the size of a standard kitchen with probably twice as many Miele appliances, while the kitchen proper has a spectacular island bench encased in Calacatta Oro marble. The poolside covered outdoor dining area and kitchen becomes an extension of the living room once glass concertina doors are pushed to one side. A line of ornate taps creates a simple but effective water feature, but the eye is more likely to be drawn beyond the back fence. The tall evergreens that line Tovey Street at the rear are no match for the bright lights of Melbourne’s city skyline, which, from this quiet pocket of Balwyn, seem a world away. Below ground, a sauna, pool bathroom, kitchenette and wine cellar take luxurious amenities to the next level, while a six-car basement garage is serviced by front and rear driveways as well as an internal staircase. Accommodation is zoned to the second level of the house, with three bedrooms and a main suite positioned around a spacious rumpus room at the top of the stairs. With marble en suites and built-in wardrobes, each bedroom could satisfy all the requirements of most modern-day main bedroom suites. That’s until you see the real thing, of course. The main bedroom here is accompanied by a spacious retreat, a terrace with city views, walk-in wardrobe and luxuriously appointed en suite with a stone bathtub. Cornices and ceilings roses here are just as elaborate as those in the formal entertainment rooms, adding an opulent flourish to this parental paradise. Within close proximity of Greythorn and North Balwyn shopping villages, city-bound trams and Kew’s prestigious private school precinct, it’s a position one can be proud of. As one of the most opulent additions to North Balwyn to date, this is surely a house one can be proud of also. \ jo davy 5 6 6 Fletchers \ 9859 9561 Price \ $3.6 million – $3.9 million Sale by Negotiation Fast facts \ New house on a grand scale; Palladian-inspired façade with pillars and pedimented portico; open-plan formal and informal areas; European oak parquetry floors; kitchen and large butler’s pantry with Calacatta Oro marble benchtops and Miele appliances; covered outdoor area with a built-in barbecue by the pool; basement cellar, sauna, bathroom, kitchenette and six-car garage with dual entry. Balwyn \ 10kms from the city


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