I made a big call this week on my regular real estate wrap up online for News Corp; and it was that 6 Benson Ave, Toorak is the best house on the market in Australia this week – and I dare say for a lot longer than that.
There is room (and a room) for every conceivable folly – from the cigar room to the pool room – and the cellar? Good lord.
But where some designers go off script and drift from divine to dreadful, this opulent property says ‘bling’, without passing that tipping point in bawdy.
The glass floors are breathtaking – and seeing it repeated on the walls in some of the bathrooms is a delight. Fireplaces, chandeliers, mammoth (though not gaping) voids that make your heart stop. The mosaics are a surprise and a delight, as is the automated tallboy in the dressing room.
But is it more amazing than the in-pool cinema? I don’t know. My senses had it overload by the time I came across it.
I talked with Anton Wongtrakun, the agent at Dingle Partners in Melbourne and he too was found wanting for adjectives tat captured the essence. A two to three year build, Gaggenau 400 appliances, Bohemian crystal chandeliers… you have to see this one to believe.
Check out my spot online, and if you have the dough – go buy this one. You’ll never see another like it.
Prue Miller is a journalist with News Corp, based in Sydney