An aerial image of 8 Whernside Avenue (above) revealing its prominent central courtyard (a feature shared with its next-door neighbour); a floor plan of the courtyard home is below; also note the crazy tennis rivalries that must abound on the block…
A home that’s always piqued our interest from our Google Maps trolling has come to market, revealing itself and its prominent and unique (for Melbourne) courtyard-centric floor plan. The $11m+ home located on the prestigious Whernside Avenue (between the over-the-top Hopetoun Road and the slightly more subdued Albany Road) last traded hands in 2004 for $5m. The home has been renovated since then and now features extensive use of sandstone flooring both indoors and outdoors juxtaposed against dark window treatments that work well together. Oddly enough, the listing agents make no mention of the home’s most attention worthy feature - its courtyard - only flirting with the idiosyncratic architectural feature by referencing “views of the landscaped garden area”. C’mon guys, spit it out: c-o-u-r-t-y-a-r-d. More tragic is that the listing also fails to make any mention of the architect behind the project; we’d love to know.
Surprising to some, the $5m sale of this property in 2004 makes it the priciest home to sell on the block, owing mostly to the fact that the 11 other homes have seldom traded. The petit road is home to some far more impressive homes, most notably the c1877 mansion ‘Whernside’ (née ‘Belcroft’), whose 1916 subdivision led to the creation of Whernside Avenue (see parcel map below). Also interesting is next-door neigbhour 6 Whernside Avenue also has a similar footprint with a prominent central courtyard, making these two side-by-side abodes somewhat anomalous in the Toorak real estate world.
The listing: 8 Whernside Avenue, Toorak
Click below for more images of the property and a site plan.