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