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8 of the Best Display Homes in Boroondara

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

8 Brilliant Display Homes to Check Out

If you are planning to build your own home, display homes are a great place to get a little inspiration. It could be ideas for your floor plan, additional design features, or simply a sense of how a space could feel. Whatever insight you need, a visit to the right display home could help.

What’s more, a display home can help you really understand how your design could flow. This is particularly useful when building a bespoke home, as the final product can be difficult to picture. But being able to visit a similar property should help you spot any potential issues and adjust your plans accordingly.

While there are display homes located throughout the city, we think it is preferable to stay close to home. This is because the best display homes will reflect the local expectations, requirements, and style. They should also give you a sense of the local streetscape and what building in the area will likely cost.

At Carmel Homes, we love building in the Boroondara area. This exclusive enclave, known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and subtle luxury, encompasses the best of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. It also features a wide range of architectural styles, meaning the local streets have a little something for everyone.

If you are planning to build in Boroondara, here are eight display homes we recommend you check out.

We start with one of Carmel Homes’ most opulent offerings – the French Provincial-inspired Sal De Vie. This design, set over an impressive 65 squares, is the definition of quality with a range of high of high-end inclusions.

The sense of grandeur and scale are immediately apparent thanks to the property’s impressive façade. As you move inside, the generous proportions and Chevron Oak parquetry flooring create a sense of welcoming luxury. This is further reinforced by the decorative plasterwork, designer joinery, and generous use of Calacatta marble.

The flexible layout includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three living zones. This is complemented by a gourmet kitchen, fitted with Miele appliances, and serviced by an equally exquisite butler’s pantry. The comfort continues outside, where the poolside alfresco barbecue area provides the perfect setting for summertime entertaining.

This home comes with all the comforts you would expect, including a four-car garage and zoned heating and cooling. A fully fitted theatre room and bespoke office space complete this dream lifestyle offering.

Also in the widely popular French Provincial style is Carter Grange’s Monet 55. Many display homes in the area share this design influence, but this property stands out due to its understated elegance. While not as overtly opulent as many similar designs, it still packs in plenty of luxury and high-end inclusions.

The façade, while pared-back when compared to many other French Provincial homes, is no less grand. The sense of restrained style continues inside, where the French Oak parquetry flooring provides a welcoming warmth and richness. This is combined with the clean lines of square set cornicing to create a super stylish contemporary-classic feel.

This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, set over 56 squares, is generously proportioned. The flexible floor plan features three separate living zones, making it suitable for a wide variety of living arrangements. This is complemented by a sleek kitchen, complete with Miele appliances and butler’s pantry, that opens out onto the undercover entertaining area.

Finished with two fireplaces, refrigerated air-conditioning, and a two-car garage, this home comes with everything you could need. Perfect for those who enjoy a more minimalist vibe, this design is as functional as it is stylish.

If you prefer a more modern aesthetic, The Kooyong, by Englehart Homes, might be more your style. This home is a celebration of the crisp, clean lines good contemporary design is known for. It is also full of surprises that are sure to excite and delight.

The exacting geometry of this design is on full display, with the façade dominated by strong structural forms. The impressive, elevated cantilever and artful mix of materials give the home a thoughtful, considered feel. The featured ebony timber battens also conceal the property’s first secret – a hidden double garage.

Inside, the visual trickery continues, with wall and door placement deftly used to screen features in and out of view. This adds a level of interest and depth to a design that is otherwise ostensibly all about simplicity and functionality. It also allows the seamless integration of several high-end inclusions – like home office and library spaces.

The expansive floor plan features four bedrooms, each with its own walk-in robe and ensuite. There are also multiple living and flex spaces, as well as a well-appointed kitchen and generous butler’s pantry. The grand scale of this home is further emphasised by the three-metre ceiling heights throughout the ground floor.

Generally speaking, most luxury display homes are built on flat blocks in prominent positions. While these perfect land parcels are best for an idyllic inspection experience, they often aren’t reflective of most build sites. This is where Horizon by Latitude 37 differs.

The 900m2 corner block this home is set on has a slope of over four metres. Instead of shying away from this, the design works with the incline to create a unique split-level layout.

With over 60 squares of internal space, this impressive home features four generous bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The carefully considered floor plan has also been designed to make the most of the property’s highly sought-after northerly aspect. This affords most rooms ample natural light and great views across the spectacular pool and outdoor dining area.

Fitted with high-end fixtures and finishes throughout, this home is a great example of the luxury a custom build can achieve.

Display homes do not get much more custom than Floating Forms on Mont Albert by Grollo Homes. The liberal use of curves throughout the property softens the overall form and challenges traditional design conventions. It also creates a unique floor plan and, when matched with the luxury finishes and high-quality craftsmanship, truly exquisite living spaces.

Set over three levels, this expansive home features five bedrooms, each with its own ensuite. There are also multiple generous formal and informal living zones, including a stylish outdoor poolside entertaining space. This is all complemented by high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows throughout.

As is to be expected in such a high-end home, this property comes with a laundry list of luxury inclusions. From a massive seven-car basement garage to lift access to all floors, these additional features optimise this home’s liveability.

Described as an ‘impressive example of modern Australian architecture’, Akasha by Comdain Homes has been designed to suit your lifestyle. It carefully considers the local climate and works with the natural elements to maximise the comfort of the living environment. It also celebrates our love affair with outdoor living and entertaining, minimising the barriers between internal and external spaces.

Stretching over 57 squares, this expansive property features four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It also has two generous living spaces, both bathed in natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property. This is further complemented by a carefully positioned alfresco area and sparkling swimming pool.

The thoughtful use of a range of high-end natural materials – particularly wood and stone – helps to ground the overall design. This is paired with sleek finishes and plenty of luxury metals and glass to create an ultra-chic contemporary feel.

Inspired by the elegance and grace of French Baroque influences this home features five opulent bedrooms including a breathtaking master suite and spacious living areas beautifully complemented by a sweeping staircase… the perfect centrepiece to any home. With delicate details beautifully placed around each room La Pyrenee is masculine and opulent in all aspects with functional planning.

A passionate European inspired design that engages the streetscape with horizontal bands, detailed mouldings and decorative wrought iron, typical of provincial design.

Looking for a little more inspiration?

If you are thinking about building your dream home in the City of Boroondara, give Carmel Homes a call. We are one of the area’s leading custom builders and specialise in delivering bespoke designs and high-end finishes. We also offer free design consultations and can help incorporate inspiration from your favourite display homes into your own unique design.


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