53 Barnard Grove, Kew VIC 3101

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Turinville - Landmark c1847 family residence in the heart of Kew
A showcase of unmatched historic grandeur, Turinville is a c1847 landmark Melbourne residence designed by John Gill, a prominent architect of Australia's Colonial period.

Widely considered as Kew's oldest home and built upon one of the area's most substantial allotments of approx. 1,788sqm, as a country retreat for its owners, hotelier JW Cowell and his wife Catherine. It was later acquired by Kew Mayor Archibald Smart in the 1870s and extensively renovated to reflect the gracious architecture of the time.

Today, Turinville showcases a beautifully grand and refined family living environment with a clever integration of period elegance and contemporary renovations that make for a wonderful family home that echoes period splendour throughout, along with impeccably appointed interiors and lavish original proportions. Framed by stunning north facing gardens with sweeping lawns and established trees, the gracious lattice façade boasts a glorious wrap-around verandah with floor-to-ceiling French doors that afford a seamless indoor/outdoor flow.

The versatile layout includes 3 or 4 ground floor bedrooms (built in robes), designer bathroom with a freestanding bath and shower & separate 2nd toilet. Upstairs is a plush master retreat incorporating a king-sized bedroom, walk-in robe and sparkling fully tiled twin ensuite.

The enormous formal dining/games room/5th bedroom with bay windows and a fireplace has an elaborate white mantel that was sent from Italy. The exquisite living room opens onto the side garden & private outdoor entertaining area.

Nestled at the back of the property is a huge open plan family and dining area offering a slow combustion fireplace, and state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen with premium appliances, a marble island bench with a breakfast bar, splashback window with garden views, custom cabinetry and deluxe butler's pantry.

Drenched in natural light throughout, this remarkable home has four-metre ceilings, polished hardwood floors and an elegant colour palette. There are also two cellars and an original water well, which has been cleverly converted into a firepit. Additional features include a powder room, split system air conditioning, double carport plus side drive offering plenty of extra car parking.

It's definitely worth taking the time to walk through this unforgettable landmark home and the magnificent gardens with sweeping lawns and many significant established trees.

A most unique & rare buying opportunity. Nelson Alexander Pty Ltd.

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Owners Notes

We decided to move to Kew eight years ago to be closer to our boys’ school. After viewing many disappointing houses, we couldn’t believe our luck when we found Turinville. The sense of grandeur and history was immediately apparent; it truly is a unique and beautiful home.

In keeping with the scale of the historic part of the house, the family room extension features four metre high ceilings and a wonderful sense of space and light. The house blends the old and the new in a seamless way and is very comfortable to live in. It is a fantastic house for parties, and is the gathering place for our extended family and friends.

Sitting on the verandah, watching the birds flitting through the many trees and being surrounded by the lush green gardens is a favourite family pastime.

The area has so much to offer – Willsmere Village with cafes, restaurants and wine bars, walking and cycling trails along the Yarra, an abundance of parklands and easy transport
options to the city. And of course, all the wonderful schools that Kew is famous for!

It has been a privilege to live at Turinville and we have loved preserving and enhancing this home. We feel we have been custodians of a wonderful piece of Melbourne’s history.

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Property Sold

Sold 08/05/2020 $3,650,000