This Toorak Mansion Could Break The Victorian Record
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This Toorak Mansion Could Break The Victorian Record

Blair House presents itself as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

By Kanebridge News
Fri, Jul 22, 2022Grey Clock 2 min

Discreet and luxurious, Blair House is unquestionably one of Melbourne’s most significant estates.

Set within approx. 7800sqm of botanic parklands in what is Toorak’s most coveted boulevard comes a solid brick three-storey Georgian Revival pile of 10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 4 car parking.

The home was originally designed in 1836 by architects Hughes and Orme and occupies what once was the grounds of Victoria’s first Government House.

The grounds themselves see the home sit behind a high-walled garden and a row of rare Alnus Glutinosa trees line the drive leading to the home.

The grandeur of the home is met with warm oak flooring, timber panelling, Georgian windows and simple arches that accentuate the home’s refined elegance.

Here, the reception hall at the centre of the home leads to a series of formal and family rooms – each with its own garden outlook. Elsewhere, a drawing room is fitted with a fireplace, as is the sitting room while a stunning garden room all embraces the glorious north-facing hedged garden.

Further, the grand formal dining room (with yet another fireplace) is serviced by a separate kitchen featuring an AGA oven, breakfast room and a butler’s pantry.

Built to entertain, the reception hall flows outwards towards a large terrace with views of the grounds and a sprawling Oak tree.

Upstairs, via a broad staircase sees an abundance of accommodation including three double bedrooms — each with ensuites and robes — and four additional bedrooms, a fourth bathroom and two dressing rooms. Also upstairs is a library area, retreat and a study.

Up a third level and overlooking the garden through dormer windows comes a palatial living room, studio or bedroom, accompanied by a large dressing room and bathroom.

Also on the property is a double-storey converted stable that provides an additional 2/3 bedroom self-contained family or guest accommodation with its own car access from Dalriada Street.

Additionally, the gardens too are split into a series of “rooms”. For example, the north-south lawn tennis court, the Victorian glasshouse, a rose garden and kitchen gardens serve as separate spaces.

This listing is only the second time that “Blair House’ has become available, and such a unique opportunity is unlikely to be seen in Toorak within this lifetime. As such, the price guide for the property is set at a record-breaking $65 million – $70 million.

For more information contact Marshall White’s Marcus Chiminello (+61 411 411 271) or Sonja Sendin (+61 406 811 040); marshallwhite.com.au

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Australia’s coastline attracts some of the highest waterfront premiums in the world with Sydney topping the index — an average premium of 121% — compared to an equivalent home set away from the water.

Auckland ranked second on the list of 17 international locations — a premium of 76%. The list saw Gold Coast (71%), Perth (69%) and the Cap d’Antibes (59%) on the French Riviera round out the top 5.

Australia continued to feature prominently in the research with Brisbane’s waterfront premium coming in at 55%, with Melbourne also in the top 10 at 39%.

According to Knight Frank Australia’s head of residential research, Michelle Ciesielski, there has always been strong appetite for Sydney’s waterfront homes.

Australia’s luxury residential market has advanced, it lacks the depth of prestige markets in more established global cities said Cieselski.

“As a result, our Australian cities can achieve a significantly higher premium on the waterfront compared to a similar property inland without access to, or a view of, water,” she said.

“Also, Australia is known for its balmy outdoor lifestyle, so many buyers in this super-prime space are willing to pay a premium to secure the ideal position along the waterfront.”

The data also suggests that beachfront homes were most desirable, commanding a premium of 63% compared to harbour locations fetching 62% premium and coastal homes with a 40% premium.