THERE’S plenty of Art Deco character to be found across inner Melbourne’s apartments and period homes, though rarely on a grand scale.
So to find that — and out in leafy Emerald — is to discover a gem.
With its signature sweeping curves, an impressive 1930s home on the market at 9 Lakeside Drive is poised take buyers back in time.
Known as Moonya, the property is being offered via private sale, with a price guide of $2 million.
Barry Plant Emerald agent Gayle Barrot said the grand home was a rare find for the region, and had turned heads.
“I think that’s what has attracted people to it — that it’s such a standout for our area and it’s in a beautiful part of the suburb,” she said.
According to the agent, it was believed the home had been designed by prominent Art Deco architect Harry Norris, known for his designs in CBD including Mitchell House and the Nicholas Building.
Behind its alluring facade, the five-bedroom house has retained hallmarks of ‘30s glamour with parquetry floors, high ceilings, large windows and a vast, tiled terrace.
Gardens with established trees and flowering shrubs, and two trout-filled lakes feature on the sprawling grounds of over 2ha.
Ms Barrot said while the home itself didn’t have a heritage overlay, the pocket’s history and significance had been documented by the National Trust.
She said the property was part of the historic Emerald Country Club Estate, where a sense of serenity remained among other older homes on small acreages, though none quite like this.
“Its like you’re in your own little world,” she said.
“It was two massive lakes, and you look out to beautiful greenery.”
Ms Barrot said the home could suit a high-end bed and breakfast, but it was likely family homebuyers would fall in love with it.
“The last few owners have been families, and it’s a home that grabs your heart — it’s the kind of home you’d never want to leave.”