With an extraordinary sense of privacy and preservation, Darling House stands proudly in South Yarra's dress circle between the Yarra River and cosmopolitan Toorak Road. A place of prestige since its inception in 1856, the standalone Victorian house was built for John Thomas Smith, a celebrated public figure, foundation Melbourne City Councillor and seven times Mayor of Melbourne.
Rare in stature and scale, Darling House offers unprecedented seven-bedroom, four-bathroom plus study and family accommodation inclusive of a self-contained three-bedroom apartment set on an exceptional 610sqm (approx.) buffered by a long driveway leading to a double carport and additional off-street parking.
A transformative renovation by the current owners responds to the building's heritage whilst creating beautiful light-filled and contemporary spaces for a seamless flow between indoors and the landscaped low-maintenance gardens; alongside the unusual versatility of self-contained accommodation.
Elegant period detail from original wide timber floorboards with a modern matte finish to exquisite marble fireplace mantles, soaring period ceilings and high skirting boards provide a beautiful backdrop to the substantial accommodation that seamlessly merges sun-filled voluminous family living and dining zones, refined study, formal lounge and timeless contemporary kitchen, pantry and laundry. Interestingly, Darling House is believed to be the first residence in Melbourne to have an internal kitchen and butler's pantry. Today, the renovated kitchen is designed for streamlined functionality with stone Italiana benchtops, integrated Miele refrigerator, Neff double oven, breakfast bar and butler's pantry.
Each level seamlessly connects to its landscape with attractive terraces for entertaining and French doors opening the interior to the verandah and iconic wrought-iron balcony bathed in afternoon sun.
In the principal residence, four bedrooms and three and a half superb bathrooms include the luxurious main bedroom suite with French doors to the balcony, full ensuite and walk in robe. The lower-level apartment offers a generous three-bedroom floorplan with open-plan living, dining and separate sitting areas leading out to a private deck bathed in north-east light, modern bathroom and kitchen, laundry facilities, ducted heating and private entrance.
Comprehensive appointments include hydronic ducted and split system heating, Bose speakers, wine and storage cellars, stacking sliding doors, double gates leading to the carport and 28,000 litres (approximately) underground water tank.
Offering a privileged lifestyle opportunity, Darling House resides within walking distance of many of Melbourne's best restaurants, cafes and boutiques, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fawkner Park, trams, buses and South Yarra train station, Yarra River walking trails and is within close proximity of Melbourne's sporting district, the CBD and elite private schools.
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