This recently completed house is one of a pair with mirror-image floor plans. They have a bold, geometric street presence in an area where a fair number of houses have been, and are being, redesigned or rebuilt.

Individually, each house embraces the strength of stone (in this case, Serpeggiante marble) and the stamina required to conquer an elevated site.

This sturdy style can be seen in the black granite slabs framing the garage and the front door at No.38a. On the upper level, vertical columns and hardwood fins complement the geometry of design as well as shade recessed windows.

All the windows are custom-made, as are the light fittings. Together, they brighten the lofty living zones in this house with 2.6 metre ceilings.

The entry sets the stage for the interplay of sun and style; light streams through the upper-storey window of the void while spotlights on a ceiling track draw the eye to the picture windows that frame the views of Trinity Grammar School’s playing fields and sporting complex. This view, of sporting ovals fringed by tall gum trees, is pleasantly pastoral.
White walls and the ash / brown marble floors make for an elegant, streamlined entry. To the left of the entry is a bedroom and a flight of carpeted stairs leading to the first floor. A frameless glass balustrade, finished with a timber handrail, enhances the flow of light in this area.

The entry continues as a passageway that becomes part of the open-plan living zone, incorporating a stylish kitchen. This open-plan space leads out to a deck and swimming pool lined by blue glass-mosaic tiles.

An island bench – fitted out with twin sinks, an integrated Miele dishwasher and space for a microwave oven – separates the kitchen zone from the family / living area.

Running parallel to the island bench is the main kitchen worktop, which has a five-burner Miele hob with a 600 millimetre oven below it. Strip lighting at the top edge of the Caesarstone splashback enhances the kitchen’s clean lines, while a large walk-in pantry provides additional working and storage space.

A deck extends the living hub of the house outdoors to the pool and lawn while three terraces lead down to the fence line. A 3000-litre water tank collects rain for this garden.
The main bedroom upstairs and its en suite also take in the view of the playing fields. This bedroom has a fitted walk-in wardrobe. The en suite has twin sinks, a stand-alone modern bathtub and frameless glass shower enclosure.

The two other upstairs bedrooms share the fine finishes seen in the rest of the house and especially the bathrooms. All three bathrooms have Serpeggiante marble floors and tiled walls, modern fittings and frameless showers.

A rumpus room, the laundry and family bathroom are also found on the first floor.
This is a house that has a relatively compact footprint but makes a big, beautiful impression with its flair and style.

Amenities (shops, banks, cafés) are close by in Macedon Square and Bulleen Plaza. Schools within a three-kilometre radius include Heidelberg Primary, Templestowe Valley Primary, Marcellin College and Yarrakeen Pre-school.