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situated within the township fringe of Bunyip- 1km to M1 freeway - 60 minutes to Melbourne CBD Set on the Bunyip River with unencumbered views to the North, East & South, a magnificent property that encompasses history, beauty and a true sense of seclusion and serenity whilst living on the Urban Fringe in Melbourne's eastern growth corridor.

THIS OUTSTANDING HISTORIC 50 SQUARE FEDERATION RESIDENCE

"BALLINTRAE" - CIRCA 1898

Situated within the township fringe of Bunyip- 1km to M1 freeway - 60 minutes to Melbourne CBD Set on the Bunyip River with unencumbered views to the North, East & South, a magnificent property that encompasses history, beauty and a true sense of seclusion and serenity whilst living on the Urban Fringe in Melbourne's eastern growth corridor.

History and elegance surrounded by manicured gardens the features of the property showcase the uniqueness of this holding; 7 bedrooms plus sitting/library, 3 bathrooms, Large modern kitchen and meals overlooking the property with bay windows, a magnificent Caesar stone kitchen with 900mm stainless steel cooker, restored Rayburn combustion wood stove, original maid's kitchen adjoining suited to office or large butler's pantry, 5 open fireplaces, with outdoor decked area with outdoor fire place suited to long lunch's & evenings meandering in the long views with friends and loved ones.

Polished Baltic pine floors throughout, Victorian gutter cornicing, rosettes, ornate lighting, 12ft high ceilings, wide hallways, lead light bay windows. A grand entrance and French doors from most rooms to the full wrapped classic wide skirted veranda's that offer views from each room of the home framing the pastures leading to the river. 120-year-old heritage listed gardens with Edna Walling influence, plantings of old-fashioned roses and cottage plants which enhance the ancient gardens which boast oaks, elms, copper beach, lilypilly, smoke bush, box and lilac, camellias, rhododendrons and includes, fruit trees of many different varieties.

"Ballintrae" was commissioned by Major Arthur Haywood A'Beckett in 1898. From a wealthy family, he arrived from England, Major A'Beckett a captain in the Antrim Artillery, coming to Australia before the war, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, was at the landing of Gallipoli, leaving for war a lieutenant returning a Major in 1919. "Ballintrae" was a popular retreat for the wealthy Melbourne set and the scene of many garden parties, church fete's and social events reflecting Arthur's social position and interest in Public affairs. Major Arthur A'Beckett, a grandson of Victoria's Chief Justice owned parcels of land throughout the township. These included a purchase of 200 acres in 1895 on what became A'Beckett Road, where he built a house, Ballantrae (number 190), in 1898, which still stands. Property is currently owned by a family involved in property investments and developments in Melbourne.  

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