Mount Evelyn charmer hits high note with buyers

Hills home connected to famous opera singer receives standing ovation

A secluded country-style property with links to Dame Nellie Melba has hit the market in Mount Evelyn.

The elevated four-bedroom house at 12 Fortune Avenue is complemented by sprawling gardens designed by Adolf Soster, the gardener of the famous operatic soprano.

Priced at $1.3-$1.4 million, the 4000sq m property has attracted strong interest since it went on the market recently, according to Barry Plant Lilydale sales manager, Josh Stokes.

“Flat blocks of this size are a rarity in the area,” he said.

Visitors have been impressed by the garden that features sweeping lawns and towering trees, including conifers, peppercorns and eucalyptus varieties.

“It has an old-world feel and is nicely laid out with a driveway and rotunda,” Mr Stokes said.

Tightly held for 30 years by the owners, who are now downsizing, the home has been lovingly maintained and will impress at every turn.

“They have built an upper-storey extension, installed new carpet and freshly painted the home,” Mr Stokes said.

The house is privately set back from the road and stands at the end of a long driveway that meanders through the beautiful gardens.

A pathway and steps lead up to a welcoming veranda flanked by striking bay windows that capture verdant garden views.

A step inside reveals a bright and airy interior with a neutral colour scheme, quality floor coverings and high ceilings with ornate roses and cornices.

There is a seamless transition from the formal lounge room to the family zone, which includes a dining and living area with an inviting gas log fireplace.

Nearby, the kitchen is fully equipped with a Savoir Faire 900mm dual-fuel cooker, rangehood, dishwasher, breakfast bar, tiled splashback, and porcelain floor tiles that are found in all wet areas.

French doors open to the front veranda with pleasant garden views, while outdoor entertainment needs are met with a paved area at the back of the house and a garden pavilion.

A perfect parents’ retreat is tucked on the upper level, complete with a triple built-in wardrobe, study nook, plantation shutters, a luxurious ensuite, and bay windows including one with a seat.

Three bedrooms nestle at ground level, including two with built-in wardrobes and the fourth that can be used as a study.

The indulgent main bathroom features a spa, walk-in dual head rain shower and a large vanity unit.

Extras include split-system airconditioners, ceiling fans, dual blinds, storage space under the stairs, alarm, 6.6kW solar panels and two water tanks totalling 6000 litres.

The property also comes with a chicken pen, sheds and a large workshop with a hand basin and toilet.

Shops, tennis courts, Warburton Trail, Mount Evelyn Reserve and Mount Evelyn Aqueduct Walk are nearby, while a short drive reaches Mount Evelyn Primary School, Yarra Hills Secondary College, Lilydale Railway Station and cafes.

Mr Stokes expected the property to sell quickly given the buoyant market in Mount Evelyn.

“There is currently an eight to nine-day turnaround in the area,” he said.