It’s not all doom and gloom out there in the property market – there are still plenty of good sales being made, especially at the higher end of the sector.
Marshall White’s Marcus Chiminello recently set two Victorian records for the highest residential price when he sold Blair House, at 17 St Georges Rd, Toorak, for almost $75 million.
He sold another Toorak mansion, at 29-31 St Georges Rd, for a bit over $80 million less than a week later.
And there are plenty of other luxurious homes on the Victorian market right now too.
From heritage homes oozing old world charm to contemporary abodes with architectural spiral staircases, there’s a lot of envious abodes with eye-catching features.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best.
26 Kooyongkoot Rd, Hawthorn
$18.495 million (price)
5 bed, 3 bath, 2 car
A landmark Victorian property in Hawthorn, “Crossakiel” is a stately residence set on 2097sq m of botanic gardens.
The home blends all of the charm and elegance of a bygone era, with all of today’s modern comforts, including video intercom, air conditioning and alarm system.
Features include Baltic pine floors, soaring ornate ceilings, leadlight windows and an arched reception hall that flows through to an elegant sitting room, formal lounge and dining room with marble fireplaces.
They say kitchens sell houses and the gourmet cooking area in Crossakiel offers long marble benches and a 120cm Ilve oven.
There are multiple entertaining terraces, an expansive media or rumpus room, billiards room and a wine cellar. All of this is capped off with a sparkling swimming pool and tennis court.
63 Irving Rd, Toorak
$14.5 million (price guide)
5 bed, 5 bath, 7 car
Located on one of Toorak’s most prestigious boulevards, this luxurious, contemporary home has been created over four levels.
Complete with architectural elegance, the home features floor-to-ceiling windows, a carefully created material palette including concrete floors, and a grand spiral staircase on entry.
The floor plan offers a multitude of living and dining spaces, while the kitchen features Miele appliances, a butler’s pantry and large marble island bench.
The kitchen overlooks a casual dining area that flows seamlessly out to a north facing alfresco entertaining area, a pool and a spa.
A highlight of the home is the basement level, which has a billiards room, a cellar and garaging for seven cars.
50B Skene St, Newtown
$11-$12 million (price guide)
8 bed, 4 bath, 3 car
A landmark Geelong residence, Rannoch House is a 22-room Renaissance Revival mansion dating back to 1851.
Built as an exclusive townhouse for WD Grazier, the stunning property has been restored in keeping with architecture and heritage.
From it’s light-filled conservatory to its spacious drawing and games rooms the home features intricate ceiling and cornicing detail, 4.2m ceilings, marble fireplaces, cedar fixtures and fittings and lavish crystal chandeliers.
In total there are eight bedrooms and four bathrooms along with multiple living and dining spaces to suit both formal and casual gatherings.
The central kitchen is fitted out for an entertainer’s lifestyle with two high-end ovens, including a 900mm Viking unit, two Miele dishwashers, extra-wide island bench, marble benchtops, undercounter fridges, jarrah timber floors and plentiful storage topped off by a butler’s pantry with integrated refrigerators.
Step out to alfresco terraces for north-facing dining overlooking the magnificent landscaped front gardens or alongside the rear gas-heated pool.
The multi-room rear stables and carriage house, with wood heater and bathroom, provide options as a self-contained bungalow, retreat with rumpus room, a cinema room, or workshop and extensive storage.
38 Mackenzie St, Bendigo
$2.55 million to $2.65 million (price guide)
4 bed, 3 bath, 3 car
Named Euroma, this grand 18th century Victorian mansion can be found in the goldrush regional city of Bendigo.
Built about 1872, the property was once owned by George Lansell, a quartz king, whose statue is in the Bendigo Rosalind Park Gardens.
Designed by William Vahland and listed with the National Trust, the home has only changed ownership twice in the past 45 years.
Set on a 903sq m block and spread across two storeys, the home offers elegant accommodation including a large formal living room, formal dining and a renovated kitchen.
Period features include soaring ceilings, decorative cornices, tall skirting boards and open fireplaces with stone surrounds.
Decorative wallpapers and chandeliers also add to the old world charm.
346 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)
4 bed, 2 bath, 1 car
Located opposite Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree, this British Domestic Revival home is packed full of character, including leadlight windows, marble fireplaces, chandeliers, timber floors, domed ceilings and juliet balconies.
Set on a 740sq m block, the home has been sympathetically renovated and features three living zones and four bedrooms spread across two levels.
A luxurious granite kitchen features a signed double oven and cooktop from French chef Paul Bocuse, granite benchtops and a large walk-in pantry.
The kitchen overlooks the large dining area, while a north-facing sunroom provides stunning floor-to-ceiling windows for views to the fernery and Lake Wendouree.
Other features include a study and an attic space accessible from the third bedroom.