Built in 1864 by prominent architect, Charles Vickers, whose other significant work includes Richmond Town Hall and the chapel at the former Pentridge Prison, Ivy Grange is a significant landmark among Kew's historic homes and fittingly carries the highest level of heritage overlay by being registered on the National Estate. Constructed from bluestone with distinctive cream brick accents, the original mansion floorplan consisted of grand reception rooms, a conservatory and morning room, a large kitchen and range, larder, store and cellaring and a first floor suite of palatial bedrooms along with a nursery and servants' quarters. Extended in 1877 by a subsequent owner with the addition of a double storey tower that provides dramatic 360-degree views of the city skyline and bay glimpses along with sweeping Macedon and Dandenong Ranges views. Operating successfully as a guest house for nearly 40 years, the original floorplan has been substantially reconfigured although, remarkably, many stunning original features remain intact including etched and hand-painted windows, marble fireplaces, servants' bells, ceiling roses, panelled doors, cotton reel balustrading, plaster arches and vast cellaring. Ready for a new lease on life, Ivy Grange has bright prospects as a mansion apartment development, renovation to continue as guest accommodation or restoration to its original station in life as an opulent family home (STCA). Positioned within walking distance to Kew Junction shopping, cafes, restaurants, transport options, Studley Park walking and cycling paths and the Yarra River. Inspections strictly By Appointment.
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