The French Riviera meets Brighton at this ivy-draped, triple-storey chateau.
Named “Chantilly”, the four-bedroom property at 25 Menzies Ave boasts formal parterre gardens, a mansard slate roof and handcrafted French Oak flooring in the formal living and dining room, laid out in a pattern also found at the Palace of Versailles.
Designed by award-winning architect Rob Mills, the home is for sale with $7.5m-$8.2m price hopes.
Before its current owners bought a decade ago, Chantilly previously belonged to former Australian champion tennis player and Olympic gold medallist Todd Woodbridge.
Nick Johnstone Real Estate Brighton director Nick Johnstone said the “decadent” house had a “beautiful French chateau feeling”.
“It has got so many lovely features like the high ceilings and most beautiful cabinetry,” Mr Johnstone said.
“You could comfortably entertain 100 people there in the formal room.”
This space has built-in book shelves, an open fireplace and a view of one of the courtyard gardens with a fountain.
After entering through the house’s aged French timber front doors, the entrance hall’s Venetian plaster walls, curved staircase, 3.35m high ceiling and flooring featuring reclaimed blackbutt timber from the Sydney Woolstores makes a grand statement.
The living area and provincial-inspired kitchen, including a Falcon double oven, has multiple French doors leading to the al fresco terrace’s solar-heated 16m pool and automated awnings.
A basement theatre room, wine cellar and storage area, zoned ducted heating and airconditioning and five-car garage offer modern comfort.
Other drawcards include internal floor-to-ceiling French Oak doors with Italian fittings, two powder rooms, an office and upper-floor main bedroom featuring a balcony, walk-in wardrobe and dressing room and ensuite with French rose gold fittings, 600mm by 1200mm travertine marble floor-to-ceiling tiles and night sensor lighting.
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