Pres­tige Prop­erty

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This beau­ti­ful blue­stone home was built in 1859 for Wil­liam Stawell, the country’s first at­tor­neygen­eral. It has been the much-loved fam­ily home of pe­di­a­tri­cian Bron­wyn Cathels and Queen’s Coun­sel Ste­wart An­der­son for the past 12 years.

The fam­ily was liv­ing 500m up the road when the clas­sic re­vival-style home came up for sale. Cathels was tak­ing their chil­dren ski­ing and viewed the prop­erty quickly on a Satur­day morn­ing. “I said to Ste­wart: ‘I’m not say­ing ‘no’,” and he rang me later that day to tell me that ‘we’d’ made an of­fer,” she says, laugh­ing.

Their home is in the pres­ti­gious Stud­ley Park precinct on a 2557sq m block with gor­geous Rick Eck­er­s­ley-de­signed gar­dens.

Cathels says her favourite fea­ture is the lovely sur­rounds. “There’s a seat in our tele­vi­sion room where I can look at the gar­den and con­tem­plate the world,” she says.

The her­itage-listed home has el­e­gant for­mal liv­ing and din­ing rooms that lead through to the light-filled fam­ily room, meals area and kitchen. Up­stairs are five bed­rooms. Out back is a paved din­ing area with heated pool.

There was enough room to build a ten­nis court, but Cathels pre­ferred a vegie patch and has never re­gret­ted the de­ci­sion. Cathels and An­der­son have spent many happy years with their house and gar­dens filled with chil­dren.

“There were mul­ti­ple games of cricket in the back yard and plenty of chil­dren in the pool, all with­out be­ing on top of one an­other,” Cathels says.

With their chil­dren now grown and liv­ing else­where, it’s time to down­size.

James Tostevin, Mar­shall White, Hawthorn. Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est, clos­ing May 2.

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