Ivanhoe extension combines the best of old and new

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304 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe is dreamy.

From the outside this home is a simple California bungalow, but step inside to a trove of contemporary treasures.

A stunning rear extension breathes new life into the 1930s Ivanhoe home.

Recently listed with a price guide of $3-$3.3 million, a sale in that range for 304 Upper Heidelberg Rd would be the suburb’s second highest for the year, behind the $3.75m paid for 10 Thyer Rd in March, according to CoreLogic data.

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The California bungalow gives little away about the stunning transformation inside.

A glamorous open-plan kitchen and dining space.

The whisky room looks out onto the extension.

Brooding colours lend star appeal to the state-of-the-art kitchen, living and dining zone, with waterfall benchtops, custom cabinetry and elite appliances on offer.

Nelson Alexander agent James Labiris said the builder’s own home was designed to ensure modern conveniences merged seamlessly with the home’s original charm.

That ideal was encapsulated in a whisky room set in the original home but with an outlook to the modern extension.

Contemporary class at the home, which has a price guide of $3-$3.3 million.

With mixed feelings, the vendors are moving forward with plans for a sea-change.

The outdoor entertainment area sits between the house and the five-car garage.

“That was a retreat to entertain guests in the old charm of the home but still enjoy the outlook of the modern extension,” Mr Labiris said.

“Focus of design was around modern-day family lifestyle, with the entertaining area and reflective pool feature being the focal point — while making sure the old charm of the home hadn’t been taken away.”

Outside, a glamorous above-ground reflective pool looks onto a sleek outdoor entertainment area, which is easily accessible from a five-vehicle garage and gym.

A main bedroom with huge walk-through wardrobe, ensuite and study has its own wing on the upper level.

High-end finishes in the kitchen.

Space to unwind.

And a tranquil reading spot.

Mr Labiris said ‘dream’ homes tended to sell well in any market.

“It’s actually an untested price point in the current market, however a property like this is one of those homes that become the ‘dream’ and those buyers often have the capacity to move on homes like this regardless of market conditions,” Mr Labiris said.

Inner-city residents eager to move closer to schools and parklands are expected to make up the competition for the property, Mr Labiris said.

The vendors moved forward their plans for a sea-change after finding the perfect listing.

According to CoreLogic data, the house last sold for $1.58 million in 2017, before the extension renovation was done.

Matt finishes on the freestanding tub.

Never pay a gym membership again.

The main bedroom contains a huge walk-through wardrobe and ensuite.

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