In a nation that is surrounded by water, we seem to love our houses to be as well.
Whether it be an artfully designed backyard fish pond or a dramatic 54 metres of harbour frontage, these luxury homes have some spectacular water features, and are some of finest homes currently listed for sale.
Winner of the HIA’s Victorian Home of the Year award in 2015, this stylish home from WJFA Architects comes with landscaping by Turning Japanese, a pool and three decked al fresco zones.
The ground floor parents’ retreat has a day spa-inspired en suite and a large dressing room, while the Miele kitchen has a butler’s pantry.
There are iconic Harbour Bridge and city skyline views from this resort-style property, one of three in a boutique strata-titled collection close to top schools and village shopping.
A pool and lush gardens by Pod Landscaping wrap around the two-storey residence which features open-plan living spaces, a stone and gas kitchen and a rooftop deck.
A stone’s throw from the beautiful St Kilda Botanical Gardens, eateries and bars and a 10-minute walk from St Kilda Beach, this single-level, 1880s residence retains plenty of period charm.
There are soaring ceilings, marble and slate fireplaces, leadlights and original floorboards. Outside, a covered verandah overlooks a landscaped garden and deck with mature trees and large pond.
This 5400-square-metre holding comes with DA approval for division into four lots. Its elevated position above the treeline provides filtered ocean views.
The existing architecturally-designed home has a modernist skillion roofline, feature stone walls and floor-to-ceiling glass.
Calling all boaties: Tirrikee claims 54 metres of harbour frontage plus a boatshed, jetties, slipway and a ramp.
The impressive five-bedroom, five-bathroom residence comes with swathes of glass to make the most of the glorious views, a Boffi kitchen and Boffi bathrooms, a media room, gym and 5000-bottle wine cellar. There’s also an internal lift, Austrian oak floors, limestone terraces and a heated infinity pool.
The property is listed with Jeremy Clinton of Raine & Horne Double Bay.
This contemporary home ticks every box for indulgent beachside living with ocean views, a swimming pool adjoining a covered outdoor area with a built-in barbeque, a choice of indoor living spaces, a feature fireplace and an integrated sound system.
You’ll also find a decadent master suite with free-standing spa and fully fitted dressing room, electric blinds and curtains and a sleek stone and gas kitchen with scullery and bar nook.
The set date sale is through Sean Hughes of Realmark Coastal, with offers closing on February 19.
French Pompignan limestone, Carrara marble, European oak flooring, old growth Teak and a Philippe Chemise wood-burning fireplace are among the classy fixtures and finishes at this riverfront property.
Offering four king-sized bedrooms, two with en suites, open-plan living spaces, alfresco dining with built-in barbecue and a pool surrounded by tropical gardens, the home is within easy reach of cafes and restaurants and a short drive from the beach.
Adrian Reed from Reed & Co has the listing with a price of $4.2 million.
It doesn’t get much better than having a beach as your backyard and that’s exactly what’s on offer at this David Cheney-built home.
Set over two levels linked by an ornate circular staircase, the property has four bedrooms and three bathrooms including a huge master suite with a balcony to take advantage of the ocean and sunset views. The open-plan living spaces include a gas and stone kitchen and high ceilings with ornate cornices. There’s a north-facing courtyard and garaging for three cars.
Tim Thredgold of Toop & Toop Real Estate has the listing.