Exquisite 1890s architecture brings ever-endearing treasures together in harmony with all comforts expected of 21st century living. True to its heritage, leadlight windows embellish the facade and front door, while iron lace trims a bull nose verandah. Beneath high ceilings, polished timber floors flow like molten gold. In the formal lounge-dining room, a stunning crushed mulberry feature wall perfectly frames an open fireplace with intricately carved, finely crafted mantlepiece between floor-to-ceiling bookcases. An even more magnificent bookcase with twin desks stands alongside another mantle in the family room. Ducted heating decorated with filigree floor vents plus split system heating and cooling now provide far superior climate control. Other welcome contemporary additions are stainless steel kitchen appliances including a dishwasher, though wooden and marble benches combine eras beautifully. Sharing 2 bathrooms, both with charming clawfoot baths, 3 out of 4 bedrooms are enormous. There's an abundance of storage space under the house and plenty of room to extend (STCA). Extra maintenance normally required of a weatherboard home is also instantly minimised by being recently repainted, including the roof. French doors lead to an elevated return verandah overlooking the vast yard and paved alfresco. Outdoor entertaining can cover a grand gathering and doubles as a four vehicle carport. Only 2 blocks from primary school, footy oval and shops, this resplendent residence is only a 10 minute walk from a supermarket and 18 to Girton Grammar. Just 2 kilometres from the city centre, on an astonishing 1329m2 (almost 1/3 acre!), this is the quintessential period property.