4 Fairview Grove GLEN IRIS


4 Fairview Grove GLEN IRIS


Great street
Panoramic views
Above average land size
Excellent street presence & facade
Excellent car access


Possible negative noise impact
Significant slope issues
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Comments on 4 Fairview Grove GLEN IRIS

The renos on 4 Fairview are a decade old and yet they feel brand new - no better pointer to its long-term quality.


The Dorrington Estate doesn't receive as much talk in the town as its neighbour - the Gascoigne.


Not sure, similarly sized blocks - 4 is on a double, similar Heritage and similar quality streets - 4 is closer than parts of Gascoigne to Central Park and the shops and the tram and for that matter the freeway.

The Freeway - some road noise, particularly outside is noticeable.

Big block, with tennis court, this close to the CBD - even in the $8m bracket is this not one of the cheaper options, at this build quality, this side of town.

The Dorrington Estate

From well-known and respected Heritage Architect - Bryce Raworth

The Dorrington Avenue area developed as the result of the subdivision of three significant, nineteenth century properties, Bryanmawr, and Valentines, in Burke Road and Ranfurlie in Malvern Road. Today, the area comprises high-quality interwar building stock punctuated by these nineteenth century, landmark buildings. The subdivision was unusual in that it did not result in the demolition of these former grand homes but saw them redeveloped as educational institutions servicing the newly created residential areas. Two of the mansions remain as buildings of high historical and architectural significance. Valentines encapsulates the excesses and unrealised expectations of the property boom of the 1880s, while Bryanmawr is a fine example of an outer suburban homestead. These houses were associated with high profile politicians and businessmen, in particular, Mr Justice Kerferd, Sir John Mark Davies and the Hon. William Knox. These former owners and occupiers left a significant mark on Victorian politics and business. Locally, Davies, Knox and Kerferd Streets were named for these prominent and influential identities. The area is also of significance for the quality and consistency of its residential housing stock and its integrity to its interwar state, the mature character of its street trees and gardens, and for its street layouts which reflect, in Report generated 01/05/18 part, the landholdings of the earlier estates.


Land size at 2000 sqm is significant and rare, with some views and a wide frontage (allowing for a classy and practical circular driveway) - but it's not in the land that lies the jewel - it's in what is on the land - a 9 year old renovation by the highly talented and still producing Christopher Doyle.

Three things I like most about this home - no real negatives, perhaps the level changes forced on the design by the block characteristics - however, those level changes are not relevant as this is an active family's long-term home.

Firstly, what Doyle does so brilliantly in this and others is get space right - he is one the few that can stipulate proportions on a plan and they translate to beauty when finished, on the ground.

Size and Flow - if you have a big family, if you have teenagers and if they are active (or you want them to be) then this home gives you the foundations to do that - there is so much to do here and you the Mum and Dad can retreat away safe in the knowledge they are on the court, in the cinema, lazing by the pool with their friends - rather than out. As well this is an entertainer's home if you want it to be - a family home that could see big parties, weddings and as they say anything. The overhead advertising photo encapsulates well, a lot of this home's outdoor offering.

Finally, quality is reflected in the finishes and the feel you are left with - its 9 years old says the agent and it feels less than 9 months - that comment alone shows you the quality of the building, the architecture and the build.

This is a very high-quality offering.


Three things that are interesting when looking a price.

1)   How few sales there are in the area with tennis courts, meaning big blocks with this precincts amenity are rare - Wattletree Road which could have one added and Grant St on considerably smaller land come to mind

2)   The dominant agent in this and surrounding streets for the larger blocks in this home's agent - Mark Wridgway - so knows his stuff.

3)   Heritage overlays have kept land values down in both the Gascoigne and Dorrington - however, can that last forever as homes of this size become rarer and rarer.

Rare is a word too common - but 4 Fairview for what it is and what it offers is a trove on many fronts.

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