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Landing in the lap of luxury

The Age

Saturday February 19, 2011

KATHERINE TOWNSEND

$3.75 million-plusSOUTH YARRA3/112-116 Leopold StreetAgent RT Edgar, 9826 1000Auction Noon, February 26Melway 2L D4Between a park and the gardens with cafes nearby location is key. THIS house-sized top-floor apartment is luxurious and well designed as many $3.75 million-plus apartments are but it is the combination of luxury, comfort and enviable position that sets it apart.With the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fawkner Park at either end of the street, and cafes aplenty on Toorak and Domain roads, it is a reminder why real estate is ultimately all about location.The three-bedroom apartment is on the third and top floor of a smart but not overwhelming building on the eastern side of Leopold Street.Access is via a security lift. Timber doors that conceal the lift open into a wide, parquetry-floored foyer that leads into the living areas.Three separate but adjoining areas form a north and west-facing L-shape and are gently delineated by openings that allow for separation but also include the possibility of large-scale entertaining.The north-facing dining area is straight ahead, with the C-shaped kitchen with island bar at the far end and the main lounge room at the other. The lounge room has sliding doors opening to a wide, west-facing terrace, which would be lovely in summer but it also has a gas log fire that would make things cosy in winter.Sharing the wide terrace is a study, which also has sliding doors. This room has a wall of built-in shelves and cupboards, including a desk space. Some might find the city views a distraction, while others might prefer to confine their work area to one of the back rooms but that's the luxury 268 square metres of space gives you.The sleeping areas are defined by a huge pivot door that leads into a wide, carpeted hallway, with the laundry and two bedrooms opening from it before it reaches the huge main suite at the end of the hallway. This lovely set-up has an enormous, north-facing bedroom that looks out on to an ancient tree and a pretty, slate-roofed building next door.With three walls of wardrobe space and a beautifully fitted en suite, it's a relaxing space.Both the other bedrooms also have en suites and the whole apartment has smart white shutters fitted. With parking for three cars, additional storage and a wine cellar, it scores highly for position and luxury.

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