Property Of The Week: 22 Leyden Avenue, Portsea VIC

An architectural masterstroke is one of the peninsula’s finest homes.

By Terry Christodoulou 07/05/2021

Portsea has long been the coastal playground of choice for Melbourne’s well-heeled circles. Here, is one of the private peninsula’s finest.

This stately, 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 7-car parking property, of 3047sqm, enjoys an enviable location in the Portsea cul-de-sac overlooking Percy Cerutty oval.

Embracing a Hamptons-inspired, timeless style – every feature and material is of the highest quality, providing the ultimate family compound for multi-generational living.

Designed by Stephen Akehurst, the home is split into two buildings, separated by a central garden and 15-metre pool.

The main residence sees communal spaces, with hardwood flooring underfoot.  Here, a chef’s kitchen fitted with a Paul Bocuse oven with butler’s pantry sits alongside a dining and living room, with open fire.

A private parent’s retreat is downstairs, with gas log fire and cellar and bar adding some adult sophistication to the space.

Additionally, a stone terrace runs the length of the building, serving as a spectacular setting for alfresco dining with integrated BBQ, pizza oven and woodfire.

Across the garden sees the second residence, providing three further bedrooms, two, bathrooms, a living space with gas log fireplace and a large lower floor rumpus. Also, here, basement and security parking for multiple vehicles.

However, it’s the gardens – designed by Robert Boden – that steal the show, playing host to a championship sized mod-grass tennis court, established hedges, stone paving and the aforementioned heated, self-cleaning saltwater pool.

The listing is with Rob Curtain (+61 418 310 870) of Peninsula Sotheby’s International, price guide between $15m-$16m. melbournesothebysrealty.com

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