Behind the period brick facade of an 1890s Moonee Ponds house lies an entertainer’s dream backyard complete with a pool, gas fireplace and an arbour of climbing greenery.
The four-bedroom home in a “blue-ribbon location” at 100 Park St is listed with a $3.2m-$3.45m price guide that would double the $1.56m local median.
Barry Plant Essendon director Bill Karp said the owners of almost 30 years had extended and renovated the property across the past decade.
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They have added multiple covered and paved spaces, a granite benchtop, a television mounted on a wall near the fireplace and manicured landscaping in the north-facing rear garden.
The iron lacework used in the backyard evokes the front bullnose veranda.
“The landscaping and colour themes, paving and pool tiles all blend in with what the property itself showcases,” Mr Karp said. “It gives you that flexibility to entertain in good weather and not-so-good weather.”
He said the open plan family and meals domain “blends in with the outside”, which can be viewed from a pair of double-glazed bay windows.
“You could easily entertain upwards of 50 people, anywhere up to 100 guests I’d imagine, if they spread out across that area like at a stand-up cocktail party,” he said.
Buyers who love cooking for family and friends will delight in the kitchen where stone benches, a stainless steel ILVE six gas burner cooktop and electric oven, integrated dishwasher, stand-alone island, plentiful cabinetry and walk-in pantry feature.
Visitors are welcomed by a tuckpoint facade built out of Hawthorn bricks and a veranda with tessellated tiling, while historic details inside include corbelled arches along the hallway, soaring decorative ceilings, polished parquetry floors made of red ironbark timber, open fireplaces and leadlight windows.
“It’s a home of very impressive features in a sensational location, with a stunning backyard,” Mr Karp said.
“The blend of outside and inside means you can live in a 2020s environment, yet it includes the older style that appeals to many people.”
In the bathroom, a cast iron claw-foot bathtub adds a touch of old-world elegance.
The main bedroom boasts an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe; while two other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.
Additional highlights include ducted heating, a concealed European laundry, three outdoor utility sheds and a remote-controlled garage – accessed from Locke St – which has the outdoor bathroom attached.
Mr Karp said the property was close to schools including Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School’s junior girls campus plus open spaces such as Maribyrnong River’s walking and cycling trails, and Queens Park, Puckle St’s shops and restaurants, Moonee Ponds Central shopping centre, Moonee Ponds train station and trams.
He described Park St as a “blue ribbon location” to live in.
“Park St is renowned for having a lot of prestige housing, the homes there have some of the top-end values of Moonee Valley City,” Mr Karp said.
“It’s a wide, tree-lined street with impressive homes.”
Houses in the area did not frequently come up for sale, he said.
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