Call off the search: we’ve found a solution for those seeking the space, serenity and greenery found outside the city who can’t bear to part with their inner-urban conveniences. This four bedroom Balwyn North home is just a short drive from the city, surrounded by parks, manicured streets and views of the Kinglake Ranges – and feels like your own country retreat.
AGENT Jellis Craig
Such feelings of escapism are in large part due to the pared-back, modern redesign of the home undertaken by owner/designer Emma Dwyer. Dwyer has respected the home’s modernist originals, while introducing contemporary elements to create a modern escape.
Working from a key material palette of warm cedar ceilings, smooth white waxed walls and hand-ground and polished Italian terrazzo flooring, the home rises above its surrounds to take in those peaceful views of the Kinglake Ranges on one side and the relaxed suburban streets on the other. Bringing the natural landscape in further, large double-glazed windows are a key feature of the lounge and dining spaces while an internal courtyard offers the opportunity to add some more natural colour and texture within the layout of the home.
Dwyer has also invested wisely in some key design details of the home, such as the striking Artemide Piece pendant lamp by Giuseppe Maurizio Scutella that floats above the loft-like living area, acting as both light source and art piece. Other elements, such as the marble ensuite, steel framed windows and doors and the state-of-the-art kitchen (including Calacutta Gold marble benchtops) elevate the interiors from simply elegant to luxuriously sophisticated.
The combination of urban convenience and rural pleasures plays out further in the homes amenities, from sensible functional decisions like the double auto garage and north-facing courtyard to indulgent pleasures like the cellar and downstairs parents’ retreat space (complete with a substantial bar of course). It’s clear the architectural vision of the home hasn’t compromised its understanding of its locale, being well suited for young and older families alike.
As a locale Balwyn has plenty to offer beyond proximity to both public and private schools and soothing leafy streets filled with heritage homes. Grab your weekly groceries at Apples & Sage Organic Wholefoods, your morning coffee at Snow Pony and Bar Sur Loup for an accompanying pastry. For later dining, Postino has made waves with locals seeking authentic Italian fare – and by that we mean pizza, pizza and more pizza. Their menu includes over 20 mouth-watering choices to consider (including gluten-free options), or you could just opt for our favourite, the crab fettuccine, instead. When it comes to the weekends, there are local parklands galore and the charming Palace Balwyn cinema for rainy days. While the lifestyle might have you feeling as if you’re on country time, you’re only a short trip from Melbourne – truly the best of both worlds.