• Jon Ruwolt

‘Bochara’ c1898, Kew has been Sold

A significant historical landmark that’s prestigiously located between MLC and Xavier College, Kew, ‘Bochara’ c1898 is an illustrious Queen Anne villa of seven principal rooms and magnificent heritage integrity with deep northward frontage to quiet College Place. Peacefully set amid mature gardens on a substantial 1,195 sqm allotment (approx.), this eminent residence represents a remarkably rare opportunity exhibiting all of the grandeur, grace and glorious romanticism of the era. The marvellous façade with its detailed eaves, distinctive slate roof and return veranda reveals an ornate interior showcasing opulent high ceilings, colossal open fireplaces and a wealth of period features from antique light fittings to servants’ bells. A separate solid brick stable with an extensive loft (timber mansard ceiling and wet area) and garaging plus a huge sub-floor cellar whet the appetite as every element of this perfectly preserved family home with bluestone foundations is set to inspire an infinitely rewarding renovation.

  • A grand triple-arched hallway culminating in a classical statue niche leads to a series of sumptuous rooms including sitting room, dining room and large living room.

  • Bedrooms and study, kitchen, pantries and bathroom; the layout is as spacious as it is flexible and is enhanced by alarm system, semi-enclosed sleep-out plus rainwater tanks, workshop, cavernous storage rooms and woodshed.

‘Bochara’ was a tightly-held property at a highly-coveted address, home to just two families, and now offered in timeless original condition for the next generation to restore its glory and be the proud custodians of a distinguished Kew icon. The immediate location encompasses some of Melbourne’s most sought-after private schools, parklands, trams and the boutique village attractions of Glenferrie Road including fine dining, cafés, excellent shopping and train station.


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