14 Mar 2022 | 4 mins

Why this $8 million Toorak home was built upside down

Why this $8 million Toorak home was built upside down

Toorak is home to some of the most stunning residences in Melbourne, but not all of them have views.

So when Andy and Charlotte Roche bought a block on Cloverdale Avenue with an outlook over the city skyline, they took full advantage by turning the layout upside down.

Visitors to the home are met with a sculptural spiral staircase, leading from the ground floor with its three bedrooms, to the top floor living, dining and kitchen space.

A terrace allows outdoor dining and offers views over the city skyline, which sparkles in the evening and when there are fireworks.

The view, combined with white walls and pink and cream soft furnishings, creates a calming feeling, said Mr Roche, a member of Melbourne’s wealthy Roche family and director of property development group Roche Holdings.


The sculptural spiral staircase. CREDIT:FORBES GLOBAL PROPERTIES

“It’s almost like you are walking into a cloud looking over the city,” he said.

“When we sent the drone up [over the block] we found the view was a very important part of this property.”

Public records show the block last traded for $3.7 million in 2018, when it hosted a brick Edwardian offering scope to update.

The couple chose architect Charles Inglis to create a new build with texture and sculptural details such as the circular staircase.

The result, a contemporary three-bedroom, four-bathroom house set on 427 square metres, includes a gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry, home office, elevator, cellaring and garaging for four cars.


The kitchen comes with a butler’s pantry. CREDIT:FORBES GLOBAL PROPERTIES

Although the Roches hoped to stay longer, with a growing family they need more space and have listed the home with a price guide of $8 million to $8.5 million.

Another project from scratch could be on the cards, he said.

“My wife and I enjoyed doing this house together,” he said. “We seemed to work quite well as a team.”


The contemporary new build stands on the former site of an Edwardian brick residence. CREDIT:FORBES GLOBAL PROPERTIES

Listing agents are Forbes Global Properties’ Michael Gibson, Robert Fletcher and Ken Jacobs.

“A beautiful aspect of this Charles Inglis house is that all the living is on the top floor,” Mr Gibson said.

“Not many houses in Toorak get really special views.”