A French provincial-style mansion considered the “first of its kind” in the area is tipped to break Avondale Heights’ house price record.
The five-bedroom home at 104 Templewood Cres was built to impress by the passionate vendors, who have put it up for private sale with $2.5-$2.7 million price hopes.
They recruited top designers, including renowned Portuguese artists Viuva Lamego, who fashioned bespoke tiles for the grand kitchen, which also features granite benchtops and Miele appliances.
Award-winning landscaper Paul Bangay created an inspired European retreat with wrought-iron gates, manicured hedges, a water feature and a “barbecue house” at the rear.
Other standout features include a marble entrance foyer, imported French oak floorboards, crystal chandeliers and an antique walnut bar cabinet.
Vendors Mijo and Maria Vodanovic built the house from scratch, inspired by travels through Europe.
Mr Vodanovic said he bought the block of land for their dream home after arriving midway through the auction and bidding without any prior inspections about 20 years ago.
The family hosted two weddings and a baptism in the incredible gardens during their time there, he added.
“It’s a really private house so nobody can see anything while hosting private parties,” Mr Vodanovic said.
“It’s something hard to let go of because it’s very sentimental … we hope it’s bought by somebody who loves it too.”
They planned to travel some more and downsize after the private sale.
CoreLogic shows the suburb’s house price record is held by a huge corner block at 6 Canning St, which sold for $2.55 million in 2016.
Nelson Alexander Keilor East director Robert Enes said the Templewood Cres house was the “first of its kind” in the area, making it likely to set a new record.
“A house like this has never been done in Avondale Heights before, it’s the best in the suburb,” Mr Enes said.
“We’ve had quite a lot of families through already.”