Sunday lunch can be a long and lingering affair at this Cremorne Point home.
Guests are reluctant to tear themselves away — it’s just too relaxing to dine on the wide, shady veranda overlooking a quiet enclave of lawn and lush greenery.
“It’s a terrific home for entertaining and we often have Sunday brunches or lunches — it’s almost like sitting among the trees,” the current owner said.
The covered veranda is a natural extension of an expansive living and dining area, with full-height sliding glass doors making an easy, open transition from indoors to out. Glenferrie was transformed by prominent architect Luigi Rosselli in 2008, to take more advantage of the site, and to give the home a more distinct, contemporary feel.
He also vastly upgraded the functionality of the house, while integrating original stately elements from its Federation origins.
There are signature Rosselli touches, including custom joinery and feature plantation shutters.
The vendors have lived in the home for more than 25 years. Like guests at Sunday lunch, local residents are reluctant to leave this oasis in prestigious Cremorne Point.
“It’s a very settled neighbourhood,” the current owner said. “Most of our neighbours have lived here for decades.”
It is also surprising that despite the seclusion of this area, it’s only a seven-minute walk to the Old Cremorne Ferry Wharf.
There’s much to admire in this house, including the main bedroom with its unique wardrobe elements and luxury ensuite with Elba marble flooring and freestanding stone bath.
The kitchen is thoughtfully designed not to dominate the house, but is open plan and connected to a large family room. The streamlined kitchen is softened by warm tones including a glass splashback and stone island benchtop.
Downstairs is an ideal teen retreat with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room. The latter doubles as a media room. This floor also opens to a terrace and garden — another spot for laid-back dining.
The house has $5 million-$5.5 million hopes when it heads to auction next week.