One of the last in-tact mansions that remain in the "Sea Side Estate" of Elwood, "Tiuna" (c1884) takes us back to a time when Italianate architecture was de rigour amongst Melbourne's glitterati. Situated on a substantial estate of approximately 1,079sqm, this grand private residence was built on an extravagant scale that is rarely seen today.
Beyond the high box hedges and vast gated driveway, an imposing verandah replete with Victorian lacework and marble tiles gives way to reveal the evocative interiors. Flanking a central hall, an impressive formal dining room has the scope for the grandest soirees, whilst the richly-proportioned lounge boasts multiple double doors enabling party guests to spill out to the manicured private grounds.
Housed in an award-winning extension by renowned architects Jackson Clements Burrows, a casual entertaining zone and European-equipped kitchen has been lined with warm timber to create an inviting ambience for relaxed get-togethers. Towering bi-folds to alfresco decks at either end seamlessly connect indoors with nature, whilst also creating an intoxicating flow of air - a rumpus and sitting room create yet more places to breakaway and unwind.
Overlooking the striking stairwell, a breathtaking stained glass window harks back to the late 19th century heritage origins and up on the top level, the expansive proportions continue with five supersized bedrooms including an ensuite master, as well as two further bathrooms. A ground floor bathroom and laundry also come part and parcel, along with hydronic heating throughout, cooling upstairs, security and considerable parking – a sparkling pool and wine cellar compound the sense of luxury and prestige.
Accented by the traditional fireplaces & plasterwork of its era, yet flooded with pure natural light as modernity demands, this exceptional property holds a privileged position merely moments from the village and foreshore.