City at its finest
CONTROVERSY doesn’t usually follow Toorak’s residents to their homes, but the recent demolition of a fine Edwardian mansion after it changed hands for some $18.58 million sparked outcry.
Residents of the top end of town with Melbourne’s most expensive real estate were in uproar at the “sacrilege” that befell Idylwilde, a historic 1913 Edwardian villa.
The excavators moved in upon the order of Chinese tycoon Wang Hua, who paid $18.5 million in September, 2013, and then applied to demolish it.
Toorak’s tree-lined streets have some of Melbourne’s finest addresses, whether they are Victorian-era mansions or new trophy homes — and many change hands in off-market sales.
However, with land values so high in Toorak, the majority of the suburb’s housing stock is made up of apartments, units and townhouses.
The suburb offers residents great options for shopping and dining out at Toorak Rd and Hawksburn villages.
There are some refined eateries in Toorak Rd, such as Quaff and Oritas, while there are plenty of opportunities for coffee and residents can also skip over to Chapel St for some of Melbourne’s best shopping.
Toorak is close to some of Melbourne’s best private schools. The suburb itself is home to St Kevin’s, Loretto Mandeville Hall and Geelong Grammar. Toorak Primary School is the local state school, while there are several preschools in the area.