/Stunner with seven kitchens among standout 2018 listings in Melbourne’s blue-chip ‘burbs

Stunner with seven kitchens among standout 2018 listings in Melbourne’s blue-chip ‘burbs

Avon Court at 18-20 Shakespeare Grove, Hawthorn is one of the most remarkable properties to hit the market in Boroondara this year.

From a jaw-dropping Hawthorn mansion with seven kitchens to a Malvern East pad with underground pool, some incredible homes have hit the market across Stonnington and Boroondara this year.

An impressive Kew property with a hydraulic driveway is another of the listing highlights for 2018.

So how did these showstopping homes fare on the market?

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Avon Court, at 18-20 Shakespeare Grove, Hawthorn.

Nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two pools, a 3m outdoor television, a Victorian ballroom, a 4000-plus bottle cellar, an 18-seat home cinema, and a 10-car garage: these are all part of the incredible offering at Avon Court in Hawthorn.

And yes, seven kitchens — one an 18-seat teppanyaki themed variety — are included.

A billiards room and bar, a gym, sauna, staff quarters and two rooftop terraces with panoramic views are also part of the package.

Inside 18-20 Shakespeare Grove, Hawthorn.

The property at 18-20 Shakespeare Grove was up for sale off-market in May, but was publicly listed toward the year’s end.

It remains on the market with a $40 million asking price.

Marketed as “one of Melbourne’s finest mansion estate properties”, it sprawls over four levels and 4645sq m of land.

896 Glenferrie Rd, Kew.

In Kew, a remarkable Victorian mansion hit the market in November, hoping to double the sale price it achieved eight years ago.

The 127-year-old stately home known as Comaques was listed with an $8.9-$9.7 million price guide.

The Italianate building dates to 1891 when it was built for prominent architect of the time, Alfred White.

A tower graces the elaborate facade, and the property is set behind manicured gardens with a fountain.

Inside 896 Glenferrie Rd, Kew.

Inside, formal and casual living areas, a modern kitchen, wine cellar, five bedrooms and four bathrooms are included. Chandeliers, decorative ceilings, leadlight windows and open fireplaces are among the details. Formal gardens, a pool and spa are also part of the property on 1153sq m.

It last sold for $4.97 million in 2010. The property passed in at its December 8 auction, and also remains for sale.

18 Hillcrest Ave, Kew

18 Hillcrest Ave, Kew sold this year. It features a hydraulic driveway.

Also in Kew, a property with perhaps the country’s best man cave — including beer on tap and a digital golf course — turned heads when it hit the market in April.

A hydraulic driveway that lifts up to reveal a basement garage with turntable is also part of the house at 18 Hillcrest Ave.

18 Hillcrest Ave, Kew,

Part of the man cave at 18 Hillcrest Ave, Kew — with beer on tap.

An award-winning kitchen, custom joinery, imported antique doors, smart phone-controlled automation and a two-way fireplace are also highlights of the luxurious four-bedroom house.

But the basement man cave is a true standout — with space to pour beer from the tap, select a top drop from the impressive wine cellar, play billiards or arcade games, or go to the golf room, where a digitised space has 1000 courses on offer.

The property sold ahead of its scheduled May auction. While the sale price was undisclosed, it is understood to have sold for more than $7 million.

23 Glenbrook Ave, Malvern East.

An underground pool was part of an incredible design on offer in Malvern East this year.

The property at 23 Glenbrook Ave, designed by master architect Christopher Doyle, features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a four-car basement garage and a subterranean swimming pool.

23 Glenbrook Ave, Malvern East.

Set on the edge of Hedgeley Dene Gardens, the property was completed in 2015.

Coffered ceilings, a custom oak and marble kitchen, a wine cellar with tasting area and a cinema room are also part of the home.

The property was on the market in September with $5.6-$6 million price hopes.

It sold in December for an undisclosed price, CoreLogic records show.

No. 8 Lovell St, Hawthorn East.

And in Hawthorn East, a feng shui friendly design offered a point of difference when it hit the market in March.

The property at lucky No. 8 Lovell St, set on 888sq m, was designed by Melbourne architect John Davey and overseen by a feng shui expert.

8 Lovell St, Hawthorn East.

Gardens by award-winning Nathan Burkett are visible from each room of the home, which sprawls over two floors and has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

It hit the market with a $5.25-$5.75 price guide and a March 24 auction date.

It went on to soar past these expectations and sell for a hefty $6.25 million, CoreLogic records show.

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