Miami St, Hawthorn

Miami St, Hawthorn

Rich in history, the property originally known as 'Athol' was built in 1873 for the mayor of Hawthorn. A grand residence, it has been the home of some of Melbourne's most prominent families.

This majestic double-storey Victorian home, has a rich and long history as of one of the oldest grand residences of East Hawthorn.

Built in 1873 by solicitor William Cleverdon - who went on to become Mayor of Hawthorn in 1879 - 'Athol' homestead was originally situated on a two-hectare strip of land spanning between Auburn and Tooronga Roads.

This remarkable property has passed through the hands of a number of Melbourne's prominent families over its many years, including the Wiseman family - after whom Hawthorn's Wiseman Street is named - and the Mowling family, who founded Mowling and Sons Soap and Candle.

So significant is the property, that in 1925 when Miami Street - then known as Miama Street - was originally laid out, the road was forced to yield to the property and wrap itself around the northern boundary, leaving the road with its distinctive curved shape.

In the 1920's the home was divided into flats, then restored into a single residence again in 1936. The property, having already undergone numerous subdivisions, was once again subdivided in 1937, when the rear of the home was demolished to make way for the sale of the block behind.

Today, the home is nestled among classic formal gardens and has recently been enhanced by an impressive contemporary renovation, designed to stylishly complement the grace of the Victorian era.

Superbly showcasing the grandeur of its heritage, this spacious home includes classic period features, subtly retained and paired with an elegant, designer styled, interior to provide luxurious formal and informal living spaces that perfectly cater for contemporary family life.

The opulent arched hallway features marble tiled flooring that set the tenor for the magnificent living spaces beyond. The exquisite formal dining room boasts double French doors that overlook a tranquil internal courtyard with fountain, which fills the air with the soothing sound of softly tinkling water.

The exceptionally appointed Euro-granite kitchen and dining area are bathed in natural light, which streams in from picture windows and full-height glass doors that open onto a paved entertaining area and private garden, with solar heated in-ground pool/spa. Beyond the pool, the vine draped outdoor dining area provides an idyllic setting for summer alfresco dinning.

Stables built on the original property have been transformed into a teenagers retreat with an extensive living/games room downstairs and upstairs bedroom that sleeps ten - cupboards on the walls cleverly house pull out beds for party guests.

The home boasts many distinctive features, including intricate crystal chandeliers - the most grand being located in the formal dining and featuring antique ruby etched glass; elaborate marble fireplace surrounds; an extensive private library and a generous bluestone wine cellar cleverly hidden underneath the front verandah.

This superbly renovated, stunning historic home is exemplary of a flawless marriage of Victorian glory with subtle contemporary refinement.