This luxurious gated home is located at 172 Kooyong Road in the exclusive Toorak neighborhood of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was designed by Christopher Doyle with immaculate interiors by Stuart Rattle and impeccable gardens by Paul Bangay. It boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, grand limestone atrium with sweeping staircase, formal living and dining rooms, elegant Calcuta marble kitchen, lareg breakfast room, home office, French Oak flooring throughout, covered patio with built-in BBQ, swimming pool and a 4-car garage. It went under contract on October 28th of this year.

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  • Al Robinson

    Wow! Pretty darn nice.

    I like it’s simplicity, it’s not ornate, but just right. I like the hard-wood floors and the clean looking walls and ceilings. They didn’t fill it with too much crap. I could be happy in a home like this.

    The only thing I don’t like is the desk in front of the huge opening in picture 8.
    I like the desk, I just don’t like it’s location.




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    • Barabara Mckenzie

      Rear yard is small, and pool is better described as a water feature
      Upstairs is small, kitchen area facing rear is narrow to window outage

      How, know, inspected the place in real life too

      House was sold new, owner builder claimed his kids did not want to leave their school, so they did not live in it but sold it — mmmmm

      Then new owners only lived there for a year or so, then tried to sell it




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  • Daniel

    Could it be? An Australian home with a better-than-decent interior? Damn shame the exterior couldn’t be warmed up. Were they going for the Soviet bloc coldness, because they certainly achieved it. But the interior is much better than other Australian homes. Kitchen floors are pretty ugly IMO and colors are desperately needed, but it is nice. I like the use of skylights throughout.




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  • rob

    I like the exterior. It looks nicely rich. Sort of an interesting small beaux arts palace. The interior is not bad either. I, personally, would pull back a little on the marble and tile, but otherwise it looks as if the rooms are nicely laid out and well crafted. I like the backyard covered portico in the backyard by the pool. Overall, this is a well done urban mansion. This is famous as the only decent house in Australia.




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s quite lovely. I would prefer a different color on the exterior but the lines are decent. The interior is a very nice surprise. It’s been very well done and is tasteful and restrained. I like the mix of classic and contemporary, and really like the rustic floors in some of the rooms. The back yard is great with the combination of covered and open spaces. This is definitely a winner.




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  • Jason

    love, love, love this house. and like everyone before has mentioned- it’s the only good classical designed home I’ve seen out of Australia. it’s odd how brilliant the modern homes are designed there, but classical reference gets destroyed into McMansion disaster. the exterior is great, albeit a little too tonal. I would have preferred an off white to light gray limestone but that was probably cost prohibitive. perhaps they could have scored some of the central block of the home and given the impression of limestone cladding. in the rear, the Juliet balcony needs just a skooch of visual heft as it’s too diminutive. as for the interiors- they are spot on brilliant!! it’s the perfect blend of styles and furniture/art to bring a traditional home into modern times. very restrained and well cultivated. I even like what appears to be religious commentary artwork in the dining room. plus floor-plans to boot on the Realtor page!




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  • NOVA Ben

    Well I’m as pleasantly surprised as several others about this nice Australian home…the color is off on the exterior, but the interior is very attractive. It needs more color to liven things up but it looks quite nice and comfortable, very cleanly designed. Are those glass panels around the pool? I can’t really tell…it’d odd. Very nice overall.




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  • Anthony

    NOVA Ben, yes that is a glass pool fence. We have some stupid, stupid rules in Australia with regards to pool fencing. Instead of putting the onus of pool safety onto parents, the government has introduced all sorts of ridiculous laws that need to be abided by if you have a pool.




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    • Amanda

      ….because ‘drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children under five years of age.’ So any pool with a depth greater than 30cm (approx 12 inches) is required to have a fence.

      Personally I wish it was only required if you actually have children, I think it would make more sense then.




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      • Amanda

        ….unless it was built before 1990




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      • NOVA Ben

        We have similar laws in America…personally I think it makes sense, but I have an additional question…do they still require you to put a fence around the pool if your property is already otherwise fenced? It would be foolish if they required one whether or not you already had a fenced yard.. but I do see how it makes sense to have one…I know that if I had an unfenced pool and a neighbor’s small child wandered onto my property and drowned in it I’d feel pretty bad, and that’s not even counting the likely lawsuit I’d find myself in.

        All that aside, making this particular fence out of glass panels is sort of odd for a home that is not in the contemporary style. I guess they just wanted an uncluttered look, but I think that I personally would find it irritating to constantly have to clean the damn thing so it wouldn’t look grubby.




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    • Iemand

      I can see myself running into that fence one time.

      Not good…




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  • B

    Actually, the color on the home is much stronger, deeper brown (look in google street view) It’s much less attractive in person.




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  • Marcus

    Now this is an Australian home I really like. I do not care for the look of the wood floors but most everything else is very nice looking.




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