Old meets new

Old-world charm blends with modern fa­cil­i­ties in a Queen Anne villa, Ben Hyde writes.

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AN ex­ten­sion and im­prove­ments to a char­ac­ter Queen Anne re­turn ve­randa villa have given the ven­dors the best of old-world charm and modern fea­tures. Vic­tor and Anita Ye­ung were at­tracted to the Toorak Gar­dens villa al­most 19 years ago af­ter one of their daugh­ters was awarded a schol­ar­ship at nearby Pem­broke School.

‘‘We’ve al­ways liked this sort of Queen Anne villa,’’ Mr Ye­ung says.

‘‘It has a very charm­ing char­ac­ter, par­tic­u­larly with the re­ally tall ceil­ings, and that at­tracted us.’’

Once they had moved in, the Ye­ungs set about up­dat­ing the prop­erty to meet the needs of a modern fam­ily.

‘‘We changed the car­pets and im­proved the kitchen and a few other bits and pieces,’’ Mr Ye­ung says.

In 2006, a sub­stan­tial ex­ten­sion was added to the rear of the house.

‘‘We ex­tended the kitchen and opened it right up and we cre­ated an­other en­suite to the third bed­room,’’ Mr Ye­ung says. ‘‘We also did some land­scap­ing out the back and built a triple garage, which has made the prop­erty a lot eas­ier to main­tain.’’

Mr Ye­ung says the ex­ten­sion made for the ideal blend of old and new.

Orig­i­nally built in 1900, the prop­erty fea­tures four bed­rooms, in­clud­ing two with en­suites and walk-in robes.

Bed­room four is cou­pled with a liv­ing den down­stairs and is an ideal re­treat for a teenager while a room now used as an of­fice could be a fifth bed­room.

The house also fea­tures for­mal lounge and din­ing rooms plus the ex­ten­sion in­cor­po­rat­ing an open-plan kitchen, meals and liv­ing area.

Out­side is a large cov­ered en­ter­tain­ing area, triple garage, additional car­port and a gar­den shed.

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