Property Of The Week: 216 Domain Road South Yarra VIC 3141
A remarkable property of grandeur, history and contemporary flourish in Melbourne’s tightly-held Botanic Gardens precinct.
Marcus Martin was considered one of Melbourne’s leading ‘society’ architects — a celebrated group of designers who, during the interwar period, put their long-lasting stamp on affluent suburbs such as Toorak and South Yarra.
Given that Martin was one of the most popular architects of his time, it is quite a coup for design fans with the right budget that Martin House is now on the market.
The art deco home has recently undergone a facelift with the input of modern day ‘starchitects’ Powell & Glenn and the green thumb of landscaper Jack Merlo.
The result is a dramatic contemporary take on a golden era in the heart of the exclusive and tightly held Botanic Gardens Precinct.
A mansion of grand proportions, Martin House exudes sophistication from every turn and across two levels of carefully curated interiors that blend French industrial style and 1930s glamour.
In keeping with its stately facade, Martin House opens to an opulent marble foyer with an integrated bar perfectly positioned to offer guests a welcome drink.
Two main levels follow an L-shaped footprint with everyday living and formal entertaining rooms downstairs and spacious accommodation upstairs.
Across the ground floor, vast lounge and dining rooms with high ceilings and open fireplaces are wrapped around the stunning European-inspired manicured gardens. This level also houses a cinema, an eat-in kitchen with built-in banquette seating and an adjoining garden room, so called because of its lush palette specifically designed to nurture indoor plants.
In the chef’s kitchen, updated for 21st Century tastes, features include stainless steel bench tops, state-of-the-art Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.
Upstairs a palatial main suite overlooking the picture-perfect gardens has a large walk-in wardrobe with central bench as well as an ensuite complete with bidet. The remaining bedrooms, which are separated from the main by a first floor rumpus room, each has marble ensuites and built-ins while one hotel-style suite even features a freestanding bath and fireplace in the corner of the room.
Another floor up and the top retreat houses a gym area with infrared sauna and a 55sqm terrace. Alternatively, homeowners can unwind in the heated pool downstairs.
The acute attention to detail inside Martin House, with dark hues, marble accents, bespoke joinery, and imported wallpaper all nod to the past, however there are loads of mod cons from the C-Bus technology throughout, to an eight-car garage with turntable, internal lift and ducted air-conditioning.
From this exclusive address you can walk to Domain Village, Melbourne Girls’ and Boys’ Grammar, the Botanic Gardens, or take an easy tram to the CBD.
Price guide of $21 million – $23 million. Listing with Sean Cussell of Prestige Homes of Victoria (Christies Great Estates); prestigehomes.com.au
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