This grand home in Toorak is one of those enviable Melbourne heritage homes that you drive past and can’t help but wonder what lies behind the front door, and perhaps even momentarily imagine your own dream family life here (is that weird?). In this case, the heritage 1930s character of the home is complemented by a crisp and contemporary renovation – and one seriously amazing garden!
For the past seven years, this incredible space has been the home of Georgia Danos, creative and brand director of James Richardson Furniture (JRF), her husband Julian, and their two children. After a renovation and new kitchen by award winning design studio Hecker Guthrie, the home has a relaxed, bright and breezy layout, and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise natural light and views across the garden and pool. ‘The open-plan kitchen and family room area is the heart of the home. We spend more time in this space than anywhere and it’s really functional but beautiful,’ says Georgia.
Inside the home, Georgia’s passion for colour, art and design is self evident! She’s enhanced the home with a stunning collection of furniture and Australian artwork, including pieces such as the iconic TON Bentwood dining chairs, distributed by her family’s business, James Richardson Furniture (JRF). (Fun fact – JRF was started by Georgia’s grandfather, and this impressive Melbourne business are the longest standing distributor worldwide of original Michael Thonet furniture!)
The backyard spans roughly half of the 765 square metre block, encompassing an outdoor dining area, lawn, and of course the pool, along with beautiful mature trees. ‘I love that from every room there is a beautiful aspect out to the garden and tree tops,’ says Georgia. ‘It feels like you’re in a tree house from the bedrooms!’
Positioned on a tree-lined avenue in walking distance to Hawksburn and Toorak villages, this home really is prestige Melbourne family living at its best!
See the full real estate listing for 25 Montalto Avenue, Toorak, here. This property is being sold by Marcus Chiminello at Marshall White in conjunction with Carla Fetter at Jellis Craig via expressions of interest. Expressions of interest close Tuesday December 8 at 5pm.