The first impression, as you approach the Victoria House in Canterbury, is the ordered symmetry of classical tapering columns and traditional roof pitches, iconic chimney and timber shutters. The columns feature simple square masonry plinths atop natural stone paving, roofs of slate, painted timber windows with casement sashes and timber shutters in the classical tradition. Architect design rarely seen across Melbourne display homes.
The wall treatment is acrylic rendered masonry featuring a rhythm of pilasters with plinths and capitals, matching the columns. As we approach the solid oak entry door, we get a glimpse of the marble-paved front hall through the entry sidelights, and a hand-blown glass pendant light suspended from the enhanced 3.2 metre high ceiling.
Leading off the main hall is a private study complete with partner’s desk and views to the morning sun, but also perfect for a late nightcap. Off to the north is the obligatory 2– car garage, complete with space for storage and direct access to the entry hall. The formal part of the home includes the formal living room. In this intimate sitting area, tradition is left behind with a startling contemporary fireplace surrounded in natural stone and set on a massive bluestone hearth, and includes library shelving, a wall TV, and a built-in cabinet with perforated metal doors.
The formal section of the home is completed with the stairwell accessing the first floor and guest powder room. The stairwell is a gracious flaring staircase with solid timber treads, handsome tapered balustrading and a continuous solid timber handrail. Utilising space underneath the staircase is a joinery wine cellar with glass doors and additional storage to the side, and opposite the stair is a guest vanity bench and a powder room with marble countertops and luxurious fixtures, a laundry chute cupboard and the fully appointed family laundry complete with linen and broom cupboards.
From the entry hall, the gallery leads to the informal part of the home. The gallery is glazed to the north with a series of window sets with pairs of French doors and feature glazing, opening on to the north-facing paved courtyard garden, set with signature tapering columns forming a pergola in the most classical traditional Tuscan style.
To the south of the gallery, the balance of the house unfolds with a Mozartian inevitability – kitchen, dining and living, culminating in the superbly appointed master bedroom suite. The bedroom opens onto the alfresco outdoor living section of the garden. the suite includes a 5-star hotel level en-suite bathroom awarded winner of the best bathroom in the display homes category, with double vanity, mirrored cabinets and a featured wall of stunning European tiles, robe hooks and towel ladder. Walk around to the open but separated shower and water closet complete with designer accessories. The facilities and ambiance would delight the most fastidious bather. Separating the master bedroom suite from the en-suite bathroom is the dressing room with superbly finished joinery and complete with a generous walk-in robe.
Back in the family area, the full-dress kitchen features a stunning and slightly quirky conversation-starting island, with porcelain benchtop, underslung sink and modern black sink faucet. The island also provides accommodation to sit up to the bench for informal dining or just a chat, and more practically, includes generous deep drawers and cabinets for equipment storage. Carefully considered task-lighting brilliantly illuminates every work surface. The back wall bench features a cool solid porcelain stone splashback designed to delight, solid porcelain stone bench tops, prestige built-in appliances including a large upright cooker, steam oven, microwave combi oven, rangehood, fully integrated dishwasher and fully integrated refrigerator and freezer provisions with overhead cupboards.
The butler’s pantry leading directly off the kitchen provides essential back-up storage and preparation facilities, with a second sink and storage for a full range of kitchen requirements, including under bench cupboards featuring perforated metal fronts for correct ventilation of vegetable storage and overhead cupboards. The dining area is spacious to cater for large family gatherings, and the generous family room features a built-in TV cabinet with large TV mounted on the feature lined wall.
At the top of the stair is the first floor, comprising to the east, an auxiliary master bedroom suite, and a playroom/TV room, and to the West, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom, all linked by the upper gallery, repeating the ground floor element, with a display of windows providing continuous natural northern light. There is also dedicated linen storage to each bathroom, and of course, another Verde favourite, the laundry chute.
Bedroom 2 is a beautiful generous space. It is a room focussed to the eastern window which admits that wonderful early morning light, dappled through the plane trees of Victoria Avenue. The bedroom suite features a built-in study desk with full I.T. support, and a walk-in robe. Past the robe is a fully appointed en-suite bathroom with stone vanity bench, framed mirror, oversized shower, close-coupled toilet suite, full height tiling, and designer accessories and tapware.
The TV room opens directly off the upper gallery, providing a subtle transition between hallway and sitting room – cosy and semi-private.
Bedroom 3 and 4 are both generously sized, both have walk-in wardrobes increasing the amenity, with excellent natural light and top quality wool cut pile carpet. The family bathroom is adjacent bedrooms 3 and 4, and consists of 2 rooms. The first room has the water closet to one side, and the full length stone vanity bench on the other featuring double underslung basins. Beyond is the more private room with oversize shower with fixed clear glass walk-around screen and family bath with full surround tiled hob, add designer accessories and tapware, this is more than a bathroom, allowing simultaneous use of separate facilities.
Homes are not complete without their gardens. It is a credo at Verdé that our Melbourne display homes and gardens are seamlessly integrated. The gallery, with its timber parquetry flooring, is the link between house and garden. With its pairs of timber French doors and feature glazing, it opens the living area to a pergola featuring the signature columns with rugged timber framing over. Beyond is a lush perimeter garden with a water feature, an essential element in garden design, and adjacent is the alfresco outdoor living area, with its naturally-lit roof, completing a unique combination of living spaces providing the greatest possible range of living environments.
The ultimate in living experience. Modern amenity combines with a classical garden setting. It just says – Verde.
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