Glamorous Moonee Ponds mansion with ‘five-star hotel feel’
A historic mansion refurbished by a premier architect and landscape designer has hit the market in Moonee Ponds.
The circa-1903 Queen Anne Gothic Revival-style property at 62 Park St, titled ‘Glenlee’, is up for grabs with a $5-$5.5 million price range.
At the top end of that bracket, it would be the equal-third or fourth biggest house sale in the area.
McDonald Upton Essendon agent Joe Zucco said Glenlee was one of Moonee Ponds’ most iconic homes in a premier street.
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“The vendors were always going to buy the home and, as soon as it came on the market (last time), they had to have it,” Mr Zucco said.
“It’s very well known with an amazing street presence that everybody drives past and loves.
“They kept the front with its original period-style features, and gave it a five-star hotel feel upstairs.”
The property was built for former councillor James Paton in 1903, and “foreshadowed the development of the Federation period villa”, according to the Victorian Heritage Database.
The interiors were renovated by Bagnato Architects, who introduced contemporary details while retaining the fireplaces, ceilings and cornices
To the left of the entrance hall is the formal lounge room and custom-made library. On the other side is the formal dining and sitting room overlooking the north-facing courtyard.
The outdoor entertainment area includes a commercial-grade kitchen, sauna, fully tiled bathroom, solar and gas heated pool and a garden designed by author and landscape designer Paul Bangay.
At the rear is the open-plan living domain with a spacious kitchen equipped with high-quality Gaggenau appliances and Calacatta marble finishes.
Upstairs are four bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, including the main with a double-vanity marble ensuite. They share another marble bathroom and a linen or utility room with plenty of storage space.
The property was listed for 99 days late last year with a $5.8 million price tag.
But, Mr Zucco said the reduced price would bring about more buyers.
“The vendors loved the home, but now they are looking to downsize,” he said.
“I think the ideal buyer is a young family with kids going to the local school … who appreciates a period home with a modern twist.
“The timing when it went on the market (last year) wasn’t ideal and … if you look at some of the sales around the area, it is certainly well priced.”
Glenlee last sold for $2.475 million in December 2004, according to CoreLogic.
Another top end property on the market is the extravagant 80 Maribyrnong Rd, Moonee Ponds which has a $6-$6.6 million price range.
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