Prestige Property: 28 Grange Road, Toorak, VIC
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Prestige Property: 28 Grange Road, Toorak, VIC

Step inside an alluring mansion in Melbourne’s Toorak.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, Dec 3, 2021 2:28pmGrey Clock 2 min

Introducing ‘The Grange’ — a residence of grace and grandeur bringing the traditions of time-honoured mansions to Melbourne’s most coveted locale.

Here, architect Christopher Doyle has designed an expansive, four-level, 9-bedroom, 9-bathroom, 6-car garage residence across a 1339sqm site.

The opulent residence sees a façade of hand grafted, Mount Gambier limestone, and features unrivalled refinement within the formal and family living and dining domains on the ground floor.

The dining alcove, with its circular design and wire panelling, is a standout feature that immediately makes an opulent statement.

Fireplaces are found in both the formal living and dining and family room alongside the expansive study that adds further allure to the home.

Central to the home’s function is the state-of-the-art kitchen that boasts imported Calacatta marble surfaces and Gaggenau appliances throughout, as well as in the butler’s pantry.

The ground floor gives access to the sublime outdoor entertaining area designed by Jack Merlo via French doors. Here, the space features an elegant terrace entertaining area paired with a wet edge swimming pool, alfresco kitchen and pool house with a bathroom.

In the heart of the home is a circular staircase that allows access to the upper levels which see the accommodation. The home also sees all levels serviced by an internal lift.

The upper two levels of the residence sees nine bedrooms, each replete with flawlessly finished private ensuites. The main suite features its own fireplace, French silk wallpaper, a luxurious ensuite fitted with marble adornments,  a large dressing room and access to an office space

Further, the accommodation is accompanied by a welcoming retreat, music room, office or library and is complemented by grand balcony proportions — some of which offer views of the city skyline.

The lower ground level — also accessible by lift — adds a 12-seat home cinema beneath a star feature ceiling, a gym, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, abundant storage and garaging for six cars.

The palatial residence is nearby to Toorak Road’s many boutique’s, café’s and shopping precincts offering the very best of Melbourne’s most highly sought after suburb.

The residence is listed with Abercromby’s Real Estate’s Jock Langley and Sam Goddard. Price guide $22-$24 million;


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Castle Hill is set to be home to a new hotel-like development, with the announcement that the 94-apartment Astrid site is just weeks away from completion.

While the penthouse apartments across the two buildings have already been snapped up, there are still one, two and three-bedroom residences on offer. The development comes with a gold star iCIRT rating, guaranteeing it has met quality construction standards. The iCIRT rating system has been developed by Equifax in partnership with government, industry and market and rates projects from one to five stars following a rigorous and independent review process.

Steve Harb from developer CBD Core, said it’s the best indicator would-be buyers could have that their investment is safe.

“The iCIRT rating gives people the assurance that we’re trustworthy and have integrity as a developer,” he says. “Our service is complete from start to finish, from developer to builder. 

“As a buyer, you have one point of contact, there’s no shifting responsibility or passing the buck so if anyone has an issue, it can be sorted out as soon as possible.”

He said Astrid has proved popular with locals interested in upgrading without leaving the convenience and amenity of the Hills District. Surrounded by some of the best restaurants, clubs and recreational facilities in the area, it is also just six minutes’ walk to the new Metro station and a seven-minute drive to Castle Towers Shopping Centre. Schools and tertiary education options are also within an easy drive. In addition to some of the best parks and reserves in Sydney, it’s an attractive option for families on the move.

Mr Harb said the concept for the development, as with all his projects, was to create a hotel-like environment.

“I only do boutique projects and when I say ‘boutique’, I mean hotels without the concierge,” he says. “The quality and integrity is built into it.”

The infinity edge pool is surrounded by leafy gardens in a resort-style environment.

Leisure facilities include rooftop gardens and entertaining spaces as well as a fully equipped gym on the ground floor overlooking an infinity edge pool surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Mr Harb says beautiful landscaping is a signature of all his developments.

“I have lived in the Hills District for more than 15 years and the reason I live here is because I love the leafy environment, the greenery,” he says. “I always like to emphasise that in my developments with strong landscaping.”


Recognising the ongoing desire to adopt a hybrid working model, Astrid provides a dedicated on-site working environment suitable for exclusive use by residents needing focused work time, as well as those seeking professional meeting rooms to receive clients, with wifi enabled work desks, as well as more casual seating. 

Mr Harb said the pandemic taught him that, while working from home was convenient, having breakout spaces within a wider residential development was highly attractive.

“You’re not stuck looking at the same four walls,” he says. “The shared work space at Astrid has comfortable lounges, chairs, coffee tables and more than a dozen cubicles,” he says. “It’s more like going into a meeting room in a hotel.”

The apartments are characterised by light-filled interiors.


The apartments are light-filled living spaces with seamless access to balconies, through to integrated joinery secreting storage. Finishes have been chosen to last, from the Michael Angelo Quartz benchtop and Char Oak Polytec Ravine joinery in the kitchen to the stone splashback and custom-made joinery in the bathroom.

Access throughout the buildings is via a swipe card, providing a secure environment. 

For more information, see Astrid Castle Hill.


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Just 55 minutes from Sydney, make this your creative getaway located in the majestic Hawkesbury region.

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