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20, Linlithgow Road Toorak

Approximately two years ago I passed my Australian Citizenship exam and feel really privileged to live in this marvellous country. Certainly, the outdoor lifestyle and glorious temperatures are very enticing and that is why people are desperate to relocate here. Where I live in Adelaide was rated the 5th most livable city in the world. However, Melbourne exceeded this and was crowned 1st for the sixth consecutive year. To me, that isn’t particularly surprising because of the overwhelming amount of culture it has to offer and a broad spectrum of wonderful contemporary architecture. A supreme example is 20, Linlithgow Road, which is located in the prestigious suburb of Toorak.


A few year’s ago I produced a book called ‘Modern Masters” for Schiffer Publishing. Even though the book features a diverse selection of international residences there is also some strong domestic talent. Certainly, if I produce a second edition then 20 Linlithgow Road, would have to be included. This incredible award-winning home was conceived in 2010 by acclaimed Melbourne based architect Stephen Jolson and took three years to construct.


At a glance, 20 Linlithgow Road in Toorak is a master class in modern architecture. The futuristic appearance is absolutely phenomenal and definitely on a world-class level. This supreme residence is situated on a quiet leafy street and definitely makes a commanding statement. The original brief presented to the architect by the clients was to create a modern interpretation of the traditional family home. This is reflected in the choice of industrial materials like concrete and steel. However, it doesn’t feel cold or uninviting because of the brilliant design and copious amount of natural light flooding through the property.


This premium residence is presented over three floors and has an abundance of luxurious living accommodation. In fact, this dwelling is absolutely colossal and has an internal footprint measuring 1,250 square metres. Rarely do you see such meticulous attention to detail and it is obvious by looking at the overall finish that there have been no budgetary restrictions. Materials like glass, American Oak and Cararra Marble are used to great effect. I love characteristics like the large open bespoke fireplace and custom made kitchen. Other features include a spacious open plan living/dining area with triple glazed atrium, air conditioning and a state of the art discrete hydronic underfloor heating system. The property also has an extravagant 20-metre Lap Pool, steam room and gymnasium.


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