Millionaire-only village to replace “one of Toorak’s last remaining original estates”

The Aberfeldie estate, now razed, included two homes, a pool, tennis court, studios and famous historic garden with grotto

A millionaire-only apartment project with a concierge, gym, private gardens and 42 luxury dwellings will replace the enormous and historic Toorak estate, Aberfeldie, which has just been razed.

Owned since 1912 by Melbourne’s Wettenhall family – the 4425 square metre holding has quietly and recently been snapped up by a developer following a $15.2 million deal.

An artist impression of the proposed new 14 Lascelles Avenue

Two complexes – Lascelles Manor and Lascelles Grange – have now been unveiled to replace the block where once stood a c1865 homestead, a larger eight-bedroom plus three study mansion (penned for the family by renowned architect Hansen Yuncken in 1962), two studios, two sheds, a tennis court and pool.

A sunken garden with a grotto and water feature, designed by prominent architect Rodney Alsop in 1925, sat near the centre of the Aberfeldie holding.

Residents Dr Norman Wettenhall and his father Dr Roland Wettenhall, the latter who bought Aberfeldie, were prominent Toorak identities.

Part of the estate (the corner of Toorak and Orrong roads) was subdivided in the 1960s and sold to developers who built an eight-level apartment complex. This decision required the part-demolition of the historic but then superseded c1865 family home.

Wettenhall family members opened up Aberfeldie as part of the Open Garden Scheme for years before listing it for sale in 2014 when it was described as one of Melbourne and Toorak’s “last remaining original estates”. It was following this campaign (see YouTube video here) a purchase agreement with a long-settlement was entered into.

At 14 Lascelles Avenue, the property is discretely accessed off a street L-bend. The site extends more than a hundred metres to Orrong Road – a busy thoroughfare serviced by public transport, and where high-rise apartment development is allowed.

A campaign to sell the luxury apartments was launched weeks ago by Marshall White. Designed by Christopher Doyle Architects, the project will include gardens by John Patrick Landscaping and will be constructed by Pomeroy Pacific.

Upon completion in late 2019, the village will include Lascelles Manor – a four level building with 22 dwellings on a portion of the block fronting Lascelles Avenue.

Another four level complex with 20 dwellings, Lascelles Grange, will be developed on a section of the block accessed from Orrong Road.

The cheapest apartments – configured with two bedrooms – are priced from $1.085 million (but the average price for two bedroom dwellings is $1.6 million. There are also three bedroom dwellings). A three bedroom penthouse with a study is priced at $4.895 million.

Continuing a trend in Melbourne’s evolving suburban apartment sector, buyers can combine more than a residence. The project’s selling agents are Marcus Chiminello and Brendan Allen.

 

The established garden included this section designed in 1925 by Rodney Alsop with a grotto
An aerial view of the two new buildings which will replace 14 Lascelles Avenue and 705 Orrong Road, Toorak

Marc Pallisco

A freelance property writer and experienced analyst, Marc is the co-founder of realestatesource.com.au

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