This 1720’s Parisian chateau inspired residence is located at 18 Norwood Street in Brighton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Situated behind wrought iron gates, this exquisite home boasts a dramatic facade with a French mansard roof. Inside there are 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, grand double staircase with domed ceiling, formal living and dining rooms, home office with side terrace, library, 4 limestone fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, family room, 2 laundry rooms, game room with bar, 1350 bottle wine cellar, home theater, 6-car subterranean garage, granite mosaic paved terrace, 12-metre lap pool and more. The price is available upon request.

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  • joejoe509

    Hmmm. I can’t wait to see what you guys think of this house. I personally think it’s a little on the bland/sterile side, but overall it’s really very nice. With a little splash of color here and there, I could live here. Again, the staircase turns me off. For an old house (1720’s? Wow.) it doesn’t show its age at all. Someone did a great job of keeping this house up to date. That might be bad thing in some cases, but I like the elegant modern details. I’m almost always a sucker for subterranean garages – so cool. Is it just me or are the neighbors WAY too close together… Yuck. Before “joining” this site, I wasn’t really a fan of European/French houses like this. More and more, I’m starting to like the timeless charm.




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    • Daniel

      It was “inspired” by a 1720s chateau. This is almost certainly a new-build or a remodel.




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      • joejoe509

        I hope so. I have a hard time believing this house is that old. You’re probably right.




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        • joejoe509

          Duh. Okay now that I’ve had lunch I see the “inspired” in the description. Sheesh I feel dumb now. lol




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  • Daniel

    I like the exterior. Looks like a little jewel box. Inside is typical Australian awkward. Can someone explain to me why you walk into this home you look straight down into the dining area? I don’t mind the living area being placed off to the side, but the perspective is..odd. They should have made it a plate glass window with the fountain moved over to the left a little. These oddities are what turn me off to homes like this. Master bathroom looks like an afterthought. Garage is nice but I would hate having to drive in/out with a low clearance car. Treacherous to say the least.




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  • rob

    I like it. It has la petite maison feeling. I agree it looks like a little jewel box of a house. Not huge but nicely proportioned. I even like the double stairway in this one just because it looks so tiny and cute. Agree that the dining room is awkward and the decorating is sub par. What is with the little recessed lights on the ceiling. I have always thought they were a sign of poor building. This house should have some better lightning. I like the pool in the backyard alot. The back yard is tiny but that goes with the whole small palace theme of this place. If the price is right this place is a pretty nice house for Australia.




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    • NOVA Ben

      Agree 100% with your thoughts on the recessed lighting. For the typical middle-class home where room sizes are smaller and everything is trying to be fancy a little less, they’re fine, but in homes of this scale and price point, it just strikes me as lazy. In a 2,500 sf home it’s sort of a nice and relatively upscale alternative to fluorescent lighting (like in kitchens and bathrooms). Here it just looks like a bunch of pinholes in a ceiling, with nothing to break it up. It’s just not appealing.




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  • Scott

    First, can someone explain to me what a “Parisian Chateau” is?!?! A chateau is, by definition, a country residence. A townhouse is a hôtel particulier. For those of you who think I’m being too particular (pun intended), I am not the one who decided to label this creation a “Parisian Chateau” – laughable!
    Second, there is literally nothing that sets this house apart from the thousands of McMansions out there right now – just log on to the Toll Brother’s website, and you’ll see plans like this available across the country.
    I, for one, have never seen a chateau or hôtel particulier with an entrance like the porch/portico/whatever you want to call the spindly two-columned device on the front of this house. Not to mention the obligatory twin “bridal” staircase that seems to be an absolute necessity in such monstrosities.
    I only wish that people with the means to build multi-million dollar homes would demand more from the “architects” and builders that churn out this crap. Or just stop being so pretentious and accept these bland, meritless monstrosities for what they are.
    Parisian Chateau, indeed.




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    • Mak

      Well said sir! Well said!




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      • joejoe509

        Lol. This made me smile. I 100% agree with the staircase comment.




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  • Grrrowler

    The outside is OK, but just OK. It’s really just a block with a slightly sloped roof stuck on the top. Not much creativity there, and very little to hint anything from the 18th century, or Paris. The VERY first thing to go, and it would indeed go, is that stupid cherub that looks like it’s about to dance off the ledge into the pool. While doing laps, the last thing I’d want to do is look up at a little bronze boy’s crotch. Ick.

    The interior…well, if I were a matchmaker and this a client, and a potential blind date asked if the client were pretty/handsome, I’d say it “has a great personality.” It’s nice, in a totally impersonal and boring way. But, it’s nice like a Chevrolet is nice; not being terrible is not a compliment. As Daniel said, it’s odd to have the focal point of the entry be the dining room, but I see that a lot in larger newbuilds here. I don’t like it.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I’m going to be diplomatic in my dislike of this house. I have many reasons, most of them small, but together they add up to me just flat out not liking this place. They just grate on my nerves too much:

    – exterior is not vomit-inducing, but for a home emulating the “Parisian” palace look, this home ends too abruptly width-wise. It would work better if the entire house as it stands here only made up the center section, and there were really more of it to either side. The lone dormer looks awkward as is too.
    – recessed lighting looks cheap here when that’s all there is. Some more creativity please.
    – everything is too oppressively white and beige
    – the double staircases, as usual, are proportioned wrong and are too obviously trying to be impressive (and failing)
    – the vents are too commercial office building-like (minor, I know, but significant to me.)
    – master bath looks terribly cheap and the master closets are not closed off from the bedroom.
    – home is crammed onto a tiny lot, which forces awkward proportions like how close that pool thing is to the house.




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  • Chris

    eh, I guess Australian mansions aren’t my thing.




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