Built in one of Toorak’s most exclusive cul de sacs, the house on 7 Ottawa Road was clearly inspired by the architecture of 18th century Ile de France. The Parisian style town home has the scale and symmetry first stylized in that period, and it comes with a breathtaking garden.
Red oak trees decorate the lot, changing their leaf color with the seasons so that the home seems to be updated every few months. Not that the house needs any help garnering attention. The ceilings of the home measure an impressive 3.5 meters in height and are held up by solid limestone walls. Authentic fixtures dot the walls and illuminate the oak parquetry floors, which are done in the Versailles pattern. A formal sitting and dining room features limestone fireplaces at both ends and has a set of French doors that open up into the garden. It’s an ideal setting for entertaining—no matter how large the group is.
The center of the home is taken up with a circular vestibule that has a 10 meter sky-lit opening. Here, too, you can host a dinner party, though this location is much more intimate. A third dining room is even more casual and is joined with an informal living room. These rooms open into the northeast garden, which is paved and more private. Here you’ll find a heated pool and a full width sun awning. In the French kitchen, you’ll find an antique butcher’s block.
Up the oak staircase is the main bedroom, which has a limestone fireplace, a concealed TV, a walk-in closet, and an Indian slate ensuite. A second bedroom also has a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom. The third bedroom has a built-in closet with a study and a bathroom attached. In this bathroom you can relax in a free-standing marble bath done in the Neo Classical style.
A home like this would of course have a place to store and display your car collection, and for this home you follow a driveway down into the basement that can hold six cars. The home comes equipped with slab heating, air-conditioning, and security. It also has a powder room, laundry, wine cellar, abundant storage, automatic gates, and irrigation for the gardens, which are filled with sculptures.