The unassuming period façade of this Elwood home conceals a stunning, modern interior, in a property that genuinely offers the very best of both worlds. Ideally located in a highly desirable pocket of Elwood, just minutes from the beach, 63 Ruskin Street is a truly aspirational property that effortlessly blends high-end luxury with functionality.
The kitchen is an entertainer’s dream, complete with butler’s pantry, stone benches and top-of-the-line appliances. The generous island makes for the perfect spot to chat with your guests as you prepare dinner to be enjoyed in the spacious outdoor alfresco area, and the clean lines of the sleek white cabinetry stylishly conceal life’s day-to-day accoutrements.
The butler’s pantry is fully equipped, with built-in fridge and ample cabinetry, and leads into the laundry, keeping the engine room of the home tucked away so you can relax. The mirrored splashback behind the stove adds a little extra wow factor and cleverly reflects the green of the garden into the crisp, white kitchen.
Soaring cathedral ceilings add a dramatic effect, while the dark wood underfoot warms up the space, so it doesn’t feel sterile despite the neutral palette.
“It’s something pretty special, there’s no doubt about that,” says agent James Meldrum of RT Elgar Elwood, who is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to sell the property.
Having been tastefully renovated, the end result is just right, James says; the current owners have done an amazing job of bringing this humble single-fronted Edwardian home into the new millennium.
“It has the modern, clean lines, but it’s not so sharp that it’s intimidating. They haven’t over-thought it; instead they’ve turned what was a really useful space into something very appealing,” James says.
“The floorplan is ideal and the proportions are fantastic,” he adds. “It’s great for a family, the space works so well and the current owners love it.”
Feedback at recent open inspections has echoed these sentiments, with prospective buyers telling James they can easily imagine themselves living in the property.
Prestige home with bonus suite
The home has three bedrooms, with a modern ensuite to the master featuring a freestanding bath and black pendant lighting for a funky touch. The remaining two bedrooms share a central bathroom, and the garage has space for two vehicles.
Perfect for entertaining, the decked courtyard is flanked by a gorgeous hedge, which envelopes the low-maintenance area and creates an intimate, secluded place to escape the world.
“It effectively screens off both sides and adds some green to the outlook,” says James, “so you’re not looking at rooftops, but it still lets in some light while adding privacy.”
Through the garden at the rear of the property is the icing on the cake: a spacious studio, ideal for use as a home office, fitness studio or teenager’s retreat. James says the current owner has used it as a photography studio, but it’s such a versatile space it could accommodate almost any purpose.
Even the location can’t be beaten, with Acland Street and Ormond Village nearby, and Elwood College and St Columba’s a short walk away.
Whether you’re relaxing on the lounge, looking out into the garden, or creating your own oasis in the studio, it won’t take you long to feel at home in this stunning property.
The auction for 63 Ruskin Street, Elwood will take place on Saturday, April 21st at midday, and interested buyers can contact James Meldrum on 0411 304 060, or James Paynter on 0418 390 133, to arrange a viewing.