An Asian-inspired Camberwell property with a backyard that was crowned among Australia’s best is looking for a new owner.
The 3 Crown Ave home, which was a top-three finalist in Jamie Durie’s 2008 series Australia’s Best Backyards, has just been listed with a $3.5m-$3.8m price guide.
The impressive residence centres around a tranquil outdoor area with a pool, spa and giant 6m Buddha which was imported from Thailand and is estimated to weigh over four tonne.
Owners Craig and Annique Lane said they built and designed the oasis after spending eight weeks travelling through Asia.
“We travelled a lot through Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia and we just loved that feel,” Mr Lane said.
“We got a company by the name of Exquisite Gardens, they helped pull together (the backyard and pool design). The three Buddhas, they’re all made from stone and we had to basically shut down the street when putting them in. The big Buddha at the back was shipped from Thailand and had to be craned over the house.
“And then that’s when Jamie Durie got in contact. He’d heard we were shipping these statues to Australia. It was a huge operation.”
As a result, the backyard was featured and became a finalist on the lifestyle show.
It has also won other gardening awards and was used as a backdrop for models and catalogue shoots to “make out like they were in Bali”.
But Mr Lane said his favourite aspect of the five-bedroom home was “looking out from the dining room onto the laying down Buddha all lit up at night”.
“When we bought it at a market in Thailand the gentleman couldn’t believe we were going to ship it to Australia — and I would hate to think how they got it from there, to the docks, to Port Melbourne,” he said.
Kay & Burton Hawthorn director Scott Patterson said he was expecting someone to “walk in and fall in love with” the property.
“It’s a very unique property, it’s quite exotic in some ways and the rarity of this sort of offering is quite appealing,” he said.
“It’s a family home — (we could see), most likely, a local family but someone who wants a realistically low maintenance lifestyle and likes to entertain (buying it).
“It’s a luxurious, modern home.”
The 610sq m property also features polished hardwood parquet flooring, a granite kitchen, a formal sitting and dining room, and is situated on a no-through avenue.
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