Unless you have been to Australia, it’s hard to understand how wonderfully crazy and compelling it is. Boomerangs. Tasmanian devils. Kangaroos. A massive sandstone monolith (Ayers Rock aka Uluru) that looks like a spaceship. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Yet, on the practical side, there are sophisticated cities, a thriving economy, great schools, excellent healthcare, safe streets and a peaceful multicultural society.
What more could anyone want? Actually, Australia also makes lovely wines.
For those and many other quality-of-life reasons, including the wherewithal to create artistry in a home such as this recent listing, Australia ranks among the happiest countries in the world: Number 12 out of 146 in the most recent annual United Nations survey, behind the Nordic countries (as usual).
If that’s not enough to inspire relocation, the city of Melbourne, where the property is set, is a locale that consistently ranks among the most livable cities in the world as well as the cultural capital of Australia.
Then, there’s the contemporary itself. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms distributed over 6,500 square feet (600 square meters), there is plenty of room for comfortable living in this uber-chic structure.
Bathed in white and surrounded by a white wall, the three-level home takes advantage of light and space. Like other well-designed houses, it looks larger on the inside than on the outside.
On the ground level is an ensuite private office, a sitting room, a main living area, a dual kitchen zone and sculpted stairs that are set beneath an oval skylight—all overlooking a pool, gardens and an alfresco dining terrace.
Upstairs are four sleek and elegant bedrooms with bathrooms. The primary suite is remarkable, with two walk-in closets, an immense marble bathroom and private lounge.
On the lower level is a movie theater with a bar, a fully equipped gym and basement parking for four vehicles.
While the home itself is art, the neighborhood is beautiful as well. The affluent suburb of Toorak, southeast of Melbourne’s city center, is home to high-end corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Streets are lined with trees and luxury houses, small and large, in this neighborhood with easy access to leading schools and city attractions.
Michael Gibson and Robert Fletcher of Private Property Global are the listing agents for 10 Torresdale Road, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The listing price is AU $12.1 million or about US $7.87 million.
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