“One of Mentone’s most notable estates, St Leonards is cradled within magnificent 2300sqm (approx.) grounds with a swimming pool and spa exclusively situated between the bay and vibrant Mentone Village. Beautifully preserved and thoughtfully renovated, the four bedroom, with possible fifth bedroom, 4.5 bathroom mansion’s rarely encountered stature and scale has been carried into the 21st century with exceptional vision.
With a history dating back to the 1880s, today St Leonards is the best of period and modern eras and showcases the grandest of proportions, spectacular period elegance and carefully considered renovations that open the interior to the natural light and landscaped gardens. This is a home that is extremely livable with grandeur.
14ft ceilings carried across the two levels convey a unique sense of occasion and elevation spectacularly displayed in the elaborate formal sitting and dining rooms linked by majestic carved walnut bi-fold doors and featuring two of the nine open fireplaces throughout the home.
Relaxed family living comes into play with a sun swept family room with integrated surround sound and cabinetry, split system air conditioning and bi-fold doors to the bluestone terraces that wrap the living spaces. A billiards room is a regal entertaining space with an elaborate timber mantled fireplace, lounge area and sliding doors to the garden.
The casual dining room and accompanying spacious granite finished kitchen with an integrated refrigerator and dishwasher features two sets of bi-fold doors and a pair of French doors opening the space in its entirety to the fresh air and gardens.
The exceptional sleeping accommodation includes a grand main bedroom suite flowing out to a beautiful covered balcony retreat with commanding elevated views. The suite hosts a marble ensuite, dressing room and ensuite access to a second period bathroom with an original 1910 bath and shower with spray jets. A second palatial fitted bedroom enjoys a private balcony floating in the treetops; while a third bedroom is indulged with a fully-tiled granite finished ensuite, walk-in robe and retreat that also links to the fourth bedroom with dressing room. A fifth bedroom or study and fourth bathroom are located on the ground floor.
Comprehensively appointed for modern living, St Leonards features electric gates to a double remote garage with internal access, central heating, herringbone travertine foyer, large walk-down cellar, polished blue gum flooring, laundry with internal drying area, roof storage and guest powder room alongside beautiful period detail including marble fireplaces, an original tessellated tiled verandah and elaborate stained glass entrance.
Filled with established trees, the grounds include expansive terraces for alfresco entertaining, a solar and gas heated swimming pool and spa, 32,000 litre underground water tank and a 4,500 litre above ground tank linked to the garden sprinkler system and a bore.
St Leonards is beautifully located in the heart of Mentone, just 21 kilometers from Melbourne’s CBD, and within a short walk of Mentone beach and Beaumaris Bay, vibrant village shops and cafes and Mentone train station. An array of excellent schooling is also nearby including Mentone’s two grammar schools and St Bede’s and is zoned for Mentone Girls’ Secondary and the new Beaumaris Secondary opening in 2018. St Leonards represents a rare opportunity to secure both a magnificent family home and a piece of Mentone’s distinguished architectural history.”