Property Of The Week: 20 Heyington Place, Toorak VIC
A truly unique and exemplary property that seamlessly melds the old and new. Also, a subterranean ‘Bat Cave’.
Two worlds have marvelously collided with the contemporary renovation of this impressive Toorak Tudor revival.
The facade of ‘Devenescire’ presents a beautifully maintained 1930s manor house, but dig a little deeper and discover a treasure trove of 21st Century features from a hidden ‘Bat Cave’ basement garage to full home automation.
Originally designed by renowned architect A Mortimer McMillan (widely celebrated for his attention to detail) around 1933, the exterior retains the hallmarks of the beloved architectural era including – a steep shingled roof line, diamond lead light windows and ornate brickwork.
More recently, however, the grand dame has been masterfully reimagined by architect Stephen Jolson, the expansive 2043sq m grounds curated by landscape designer Paul Bangay.
McMillan would undoubtedly marvel at the extraordinary updates, especially what’s taken place below his original creation. At the end of the private driveway sits a seemingly simple parking bay, but the space opens via a hydraulic tilt hatch to reveal a ramp leading down to an eight-car basement garage, gym, sauna, theatre, wine cellar and laundry.
Above ground, the layout maintains a traditional map with a ground floor dedicated to formal and informal entertaining while the upper level is devoted to the four bedrooms. But that’s where the old school comparisons end — the sophisticated interiors making this feel like a brand new home.
Beyond the foyer sits a large reception room to the left, with a billiards room and formal dining room to the right. Created for the avid entertainer, this front of house area boasts fireplaces, bay windows and a wet bar with two Vintec fridges.
The casual living includes the family kitchen fitted with stone surfaces, a Pitt stove, Miele appliances plus a Sub-Zero integrated fridge and freezer. A full second kitchen tucked away in the butler’s pantry feeds through to the formal dining room.
Upstairs all four bedrooms have oodles of wardrobe space, three feature ensuites while the fourth sits across the hall from a full bathroom. The palatial main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, walls of additional wardrobes and a vast ensuite with twin vanities plus a freestanding bath.
Outdoors and the lush private pocket has established trees, a large level lawn, north-facing stone terrace and automatic heated self-cleaning pool.
Filled to the brim with contemporary features, ‘Devenescire’ also has a lift to all levels, oak timber floors, laundry chute, underground workshop, CCTV, home automation, video intercom, six built-in televisions, concealed speakers, hydronic heating, underfloor heating, air-conditioning, an underground water tank, irrigation and more.
Price guide $30 – $33 million. Listed with Joanna Nairn and Scott Xue of Marshall White; marshallwhite.com.au.
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