Apr 19, 2012

Would you love to live here? :: sweeping stairs & polished plaster

Twirling & cascading through a house of classical style,
this wrought iron fringed staircase
stretches through 3 floors
of a hauntingly beautiful home in Toorak.
Built over 3 years,
lived in for just 6 days,
then left empty for almost 3 years
(while the family relocated to London),
this mansion is on the market.

It has a quiet ambience,
despite its massive size,
with no less than 22 rooms.
But there is something else too.
It has a "slowed down" feel,
as if frozen in time.
Perhaps it is the emptiness of the rooms,
an interesting choice by the realtors,
but one which I rather prefer.
(Compared with bringing in the ubiquitous pieces
which are seen in so many open inspections,
as if decorating by numbers.)
Or perhaps the stillness is created 
by the use of classical lines + proportions,
where the eye always follows straight lines to a point of axis,
and symmetry has been used.
Looking at the ground floor plan,
of reception rooms only,
you can see this symmetry,
where windows align from elevation to elevation,
and the front door aligns with a view back out to the garden.
And the views from the windows on the floors above
have the same botanistic (is that a word? I made it up!) feel.
But it is the staircase,
with its beautiful wrought iron,
which has captured my attention.
The swirling tendrils of black iron are in such contrast 
to the simple polished plaster walls & rigid symmetry,
as if they represent dancers trying to dance untamed.

Would you like to live here?
And what furniture would you place in it,
if you did live here?

Property location :: 3 towers rd toorak melbourne
agents + images :: kay & burton


  1. It does feel like it is frozen in time. It is the sort of place I imagine ancient Greek aristocracy to dwell in. The place is just magnificent but feels a little cold. If I did lived here - I would fill the place with neoclassical style furniture. x Anastasia at decor is like butter

    1. Cold, yes I agree anastasia. Beautiful but cold. And yet, I suspect that could change so easily were it to be filled with music, laughter, memories and life.

  2. Completely stunning and I love the attention to detail for a contemporary building. The symmetry would give so much life the house from the interior, and I love the idea of being able to look right through the house.

    Furniture though is tricky...something too traditional would make the home feel stuffy. I think the best option would be a mix; a little timber, a little lucite, some modern art, some traditional furniture. It would be a delicate balance!

    I guess that's my preferred style anyway so perhaps I'm just applying my own preferences to it? x

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

    1. Your choices sound quite wonderful Anna. I like where you are heading: a bit of this, a bit of that to represent one's travels through life.

  3. I was going to say no, about living in it, too many stairs then I noticed the lift!!!!
    What a pity that it has not been loved I do hope that whoever buys it fills it with softening furnishings and plenty of kids , love and laughter!!!

  4. Would I like to live there? In a word, yes! The slowed-down time feel is precisely what I find attractive about the place and because of it I wouldn't burden the house with too much - let it continue to enjoy its space.

  5. There is nothing quite so moving as an empty interior! To me, it always conjures up the thought..... "If these walls could speak!" And my mind starts wondering who lived here and what events and what stories may have unfolded.

    But in this case, being lived in for only 6 days, is the absolute height of obscene waste!! That poor house..... it is just crying out for a family to occupy it, love it, and breathe life into it, in order to create the memories that any home deserves.

    Furniture?? ' Traditional' with an edge, I'm thinking Porters Chairs & Wing backs upholstered in modernist fabrics, and of course lots of art!

  6. Maybe it is because the staircase reminds me of the Hotel Martinez in Cannes that I would fill it with a modern update of Art Deco? And I agree with JWE, that poor house! My oh my. I hope it finds a happy buyer.

  7. I'd love to move in there - so pretty so cool. Have a great day Virginia

  8. What a beautiful home waiting to be loved. I love a transitional style and homes that look collected...this would be gorgeous. So curious to know the story of living in for just 6 days...

  9. Oh, you find the most beautiful properties! I've just spend a minute salivating over the butler's pantry!
    I can't believe nobody's lived here for years? There must be someone who looks after the property? Do you think?
    Do you know I once went on a date with a guy who told me his previous date had been with a lovely young girl from Toorak. She'd invited him back to "her house" for a nightcap. When they got there, he was astonished at the size of the estate, and thought he'd hit the jackpot. Then the real owners came home. She had to usher him out the window, with his clothes tossed out after him. It turned out she was just the maid.
    Ah, the life and times of Toorak people...!

  10. Sure it would be great to live here!!!
    Beautiful pics!



  11. Yep, what a relief to see a property as is without a container load of some stylist's loan furniture dumped into it. It has become one of my pet peeves Virginia, so bravo to the Real Estate agent who made the decision to go naked, so to speak.
    Millie xx


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