An Art Deco Delight Along Australia’s Yarra River Asks $12 Million

The Art Deco-style home, which has the looks of a Hollywood Hills property, is actually located in the exclusive Melbourne neighborhood of Toorak (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

At first glance, one might guess that this 1930s Art Deco house is in Hollywood Hills. But there’s a boatshed, waterfront and lush green landscaping. And while the residence may evoke the style and panache of Old Hollywood movie stars, you’d be in the wrong hemisphere and off by some 7,900 miles as the crow flies.

The streamlined home named Tarcoola is on a bend of the Yarra River in the Toorak suburb of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

It’s set on about 2,000 square meters, or roughly half an acre, on Edzell Avenue. The riverside road, a popular stretch for new builds, is coveted for the location close to Toorak’s central business district.

At street level, the home’s symmetrical façade of white brick has an understated appearance with strong horizontal lines emphasized by a low-rise roof and rounded privacy walls.

luxh landscaping with a bright red tree in front of tarcoola a home in australia's toorak

Called Tarcoola, the home sits on roughly hand an acre on Toorak’s Edzell Avenue (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The sleek, linear design continues inside with horizontal bands of windows and gently curving staircases.

The top floor of the two-level residence is the main living area.

art deco living room opens to a sun porch with walls of windows in toorak

The top floor of the two-level residence is the main living area (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The entryway opens to a living room with a fireplace and, beyond that, a study. The formal dining room leads to a light-filled conservatory.

The bright kitchen features plank floors, white cabinetry and open shelving. The marbled countertops continue up the wall to form tall backsplashes.

classic art deco living room with white walls in an australian home tarcoola

Walls of windows take in views of the Melbourne skyline (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Sliding doors access a long balcony. Wide metal railings provide treetop views and glimpses of the river below. The main bedroom suite is also on this level.

bedroom inside tarcoola a luxury art deco home in melbourne's toorak neighborhood

Tarcoola in Toorak has a total of five bedrooms (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The downstairs contains a rumpus or family room with a club-like wet bar. The connecting sunroom contributes to the open-plan feel. There are four bedrooms on this level.

rumpus or family in the art deco tarcoola house on edzell avenue toorak australia

The downstairs contains a rumpus or family room with a club-like wet bar (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Directly below the house is a stone patio. An expanse of lawn leads to a jetty, a wooden pontoon boat and an informal picnic and campfire area.

sunroom looking out on trees in the toorak neighborhood of melbourne australia

The connecting sunroom contributes to the open-plan feel (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The rustic boat house provides extra storage and has a deck perched above the water.

dining patio topped with trees and lush landscaping in toorak australia

A dining patio extends the living space outward (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Ken Jacobs of Private Property Global is the listing agent. The asking price of 7 Edzell Ave., Toorak, Victoria, is AUD 15.95 million or about US $12.45 million.

tarcoola sits on a bend of the yarra river with a boat house and dock

The streamlined home is on a bend of the Yarra River in the Toorak suburb of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Toorak is served by several airports including the international Melbourne Airport, about 29 kilometers or 18 miles away.

jetty and wooden pontoon boat at tarcoola in toorak melbourne australia edzell ave

An expanse of lawn leads to a jetty, a wooden pontoon boat and an informal picnic and campfire area (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The suburb is home to several historic houses of worship of architectural note including an Anglican, a Catholic and a Swedish church. Restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Indian, Italian and bistro fare.

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