Prestige Property: 20 Linlithgow Road, Toorak, VIC
Step inside one of Melbourne’s architectural masterpieces.
Step inside one of Melbourne’s architectural masterpieces.
Toorak, Melbourne’s blue-chip locale is filled with a heady array of historic homes and modern mansions, yet few compare to the 950sqm contemporary masterpiece listed here.
Sprawled across a 1270sqm block, replete with low maintenance garden, the Stephen Jolson designed residence boasts 4-bedrooms, 3-bathrooms, 6-car parking across three levels in one of Toorak’s most prestigious positions.
The striking sculptural façade of cantilevered solid concrete ‘blades’ and tall window walls are the most salient features of the home.
Inside, it conceals lavish interiors highlighted by Australian Bluestone walkways, American Oak floors, and a hydronic underfloor heating system.
Arriving via the circular drive and grand bronze porte cochere entry one emerges into voluminous gallery-like spaces that provide sophisticated living, dining, and entertaining.
A central light atrium extends throughout all three floors while northern light pours in through walls of glazing that unfold to the entertaining terrace.
Elsewhere, the Statuario marble kitchen with separate scullery and bar is fitted with Miele appliances, three Vintec wine fridges and a Sub-Zero fridge and freezer.
The casual open living and dining areas include a hidden home theatre, descender TV and gas fire.
The first floor finds a library with yet another kitchenette, study or fifth bedroom while a central bathroom accompanies four retreat-style bedrooms including the palatial master suite with twin deluxe walk-in robes. Also here, a study, stunning open ensuite replete with marble benchtops, a freestanding stone bath and private terrace all enjoying panoramic valley views.
Downstairs sees a lounge with granite bar, concealed kitchenette, gym, steam room and bathroom complementing the jaw-dropping 20-metre indoor lap pool.
Throughout the home is fitting with smart technology including full CBUS home automation, enjoys access via private lift, boasts an oversized three-car garage (with parking for a further three vehicles) while enjoying Toorak’s conveniences moments from Toorak Village, High Street Armadale and Melbourne’s most esteemed private schools.
The listing is with RT Edgar’s Antoinette Nido (+61 419 654 856) with a price guide of $15.5m-$17m; rtedgar.com
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