An indulgent lifestyle in a fantastic location is on offer in this incredible Malvern family home.
David and Kris bought the property in 2015 and set about giving it a stunning transformation. While the facade may look similar, what lies behind it is a completely different, and totally spectacular, home, David says.
“We effectively took every room back to bare bones and there’s very little in the home that hasn’t been touched,” he says.
“We spent two years renovating it and effectively levelled the entire front and rear yard. Every room internally has been completely renovated right back to skirting boards, architraves, cornices – the lot, with the exception of the incredible ceiling and cornices in the master bedroom we were careful to retain.”
So what made him choose this property to bring into the modern era?
“There are very few double bay-window return veranda villas in Malvern, and that was the main thing that attracted me to the property – the size and the scale of it,” David says. “It just oozed potential. I wanted to do a tasteful renovation which was sympathetic to the existing property, but I wanted to do it in such a way that it brought it into the current era. We haven’t skimped on the fixtures and fittings – we just haven’t.”
The home features quality fixtures and fittings throughout, including granite benchtops, 2Pac cabinetry, french doors, leadlight features, ornate ceilings and built-in speakers.
The home has four bedrooms, including the master suite which is complete with a gas fireplace, a built-in robe and a luxe ensuite.
Two of the minor bedrooms have built-ins, and the home also has an underground study.
An open-plan kitchen, dining and family room open out to a veranda and overlooks a landscaped garden, an inground pool and the home’s pool house. This space has glass stacker doors, ceiling fans, a coffered ceiling, a gas log fireplace and a speaker system.
“The pool house itself is actually clad with stone that we removed from an internal wall from the old house – it’s not replica stone, it’s stuff we reclaimed and saved,” David says.
With a flexible and cleverly thought-out floorplan, David says the home is ideal for a family.
“It’s a wonderful house to live in – you don’t want for anything,” he says. “There’s plenty of space for the kids, and that’s why we built the space downstairs and set them up with three workspaces down there, we tried to accommodate everybody, while also including a few luxuries like the wine room near the kitchen.
“We had an idea that if in the house we could accommodate a small wine room we would, and as it turned out the way we designed the kitchen left a small void which was perfectly sized to accommodate a wine room of about 190 bottles.”
“We’ve got three young children – a 13-year-old, an eight-year-old and a five-year-old and they’ve each got their own room, with space downstairs to study, or if they really want some privacy they can go and sit in the pool house. It’s great for the family to be able to be together in the family room, but then also be able to get their own space when they want it.”
David says the home would also be perfect for those who love to host guests and hold parties.
“We’ve had Christmases in the pool house, on the alfresco terrace, and in the kitchen and family area and you can entertain with ease – it’s an absolute entertainer’s paradise,” he says.
As beautiful as the home is, David says its enviable location is a huge selling point.
“The location was one of the things that clinched it for us when we bought it – it was on a tree-lined street that was really private,” he says. “We’ve got easy access to everything – we’re five minutes from both the kids’ schools and Mitcham, everything is just available.”
As much as the family have loved the property, David says it’s now time to turn their attention towards their next project.
“We’re looking for something of equal size and scale, but those size properties don’t come up often,” he says.
“It will be very hard to say goodbye to it.”