Hillside ‘ripper’ home is a high-flyer near Thunderdome with airport views and glam features

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23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The stunning facade of 23 Wendover Cres, Hillside.


Revheads will relish the rad views from a “ripper” house in Melbourne’s northwest that showcase Calder Park’s Thunderdome races and planes landing at the airport.

Owner Alan Lee said being able to see Tullamarine’s runways from the Hillside home’s glass-enclosed balcony was handy.

“My wife Tina likes to travel a lot and when I’d see her plane land and the smoke from the wheels, I’d pick her up,” Mr Lee said. “You can also watch the 100m straight at Calder.”

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Mr Lee, a masterbuilder, designed and built the Hollywood-style 77sq m pad in 1999-2000 after purchasing land at 23 Wendover Cres sight unseen.

“My mate was doing a subdivision and as a joke, I said if he could find me a north-south block with no neighbours I would buy it,” Mr Lee said.

After a call from his friend about the site of his future home, he paid about $98,000 for the 1714sq m land.

Mr Lee said he was “gobsmacked” upon first visiting the address, next to a conservation reserve, a farm and, nowadays, two residences.

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The kitchen features a rubbish chute, granite bench tops and butler’s pantry.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The alfresco entertaining deck with built-in barbecue and floodlit tennis court on a concrete slab.


He spent 12 months constructing his family’s dream home including a tennis court on a concrete slab and six-car garage with 3.6m high ceiling, perfect for parking a boat and jet ski.

The six-bedroom house faces east-west and every room has Melbourne city views.

Other impressive features include a dumbwaiter which travels from the garage to the second-storey kitchen, designed to transport groceries upstairs.

A separate rubbish chute goes from the kitchen to where bins are stored downstairs.

Ms Lee said the main bedroom’s dressing rooms with make-up mirrors and LED lights were “a bit of luxe”.

“It’s the Carrie Bradshaw of dressing room closets,” she said.

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

One of the impressive dressing rooms off the main bedroom.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The couple described their house as “a dream for having large functions” hosting up to 100 guests.

After marrying in Bali they hosted a cocktail reception at the house to celebrate.

“We put solid glass on top of the spa with coloured lights, it was the cocktail bar,” Mr Lee said.

“It took eight people to lift the glass slab off.”

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The spa room is a great spot to watch sport on television.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

Matthews Essendon chief executive John Matthews described the property as “a ripper” with the tennis court and palm trees providing a Hollywood-like vibe.

“It’s a bit like your own private oasis,” Mr Matthews said.

The house is being sold with a $2.15m-$2.35m asking price via expressions of interest closing 6pm May 31.

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

An aerial view of the property.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

If the house sells in its upper range it could top Hillside’s $2.95m residential record set last year by 45 Boronia Drive, which has five bedrooms.

Another contender for the record is 7 Telopea Pl, a five-bedroom house with $2.25m-$2.45 price hopes to be auctioned on May 14.

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23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The stunning facade of 23 Wendover Cres, Hillside.


Revheads will relish the rad views from a “ripper” house in Melbourne’s northwest that showcase Calder Park’s Thunderdome races and planes landing at the airport.

Owner Alan Lee said being able to see Tullamarine’s runways from the Hillside home’s glass-enclosed balcony was handy.

“My wife Tina likes to travel a lot and when I’d see her plane land and the smoke from the wheels, I’d pick her up,” Mr Lee said. “You can also watch the 100m straight at Calder.”

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Mr Lee, a masterbuilder, designed and built the Hollywood-style 77sq m pad in 1999-2000 after purchasing land at 23 Wendover Cres sight unseen.

“My mate was doing a subdivision and as a joke, I said if he could find me a north-south block with no neighbours I would buy it,” Mr Lee said.

After a call from his friend about the site of his future home, he paid about $98,000 for the 1714sq m land.

Mr Lee said he was “gobsmacked” upon first visiting the address, next to a conservation reserve, a farm and, nowadays, two residences.

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The kitchen features a rubbish chute, granite bench tops and butler’s pantry.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The alfresco entertaining deck with built-in barbecue and floodlit tennis court on a concrete slab.


He spent 12 months constructing his family’s dream home including a tennis court on a concrete slab and six-car garage with 3.6m high ceiling, perfect for parking a boat and jet ski.

The six-bedroom house faces east-west and every room has Melbourne city views.

Other impressive features include a dumbwaiter which travels from the garage to the second-storey kitchen, designed to transport groceries upstairs.

A separate rubbish chute goes from the kitchen to where bins are stored downstairs.

Ms Lee said the main bedroom’s dressing rooms with make-up mirrors and LED lights were “a bit of luxe”.

“It’s the Carrie Bradshaw of dressing room closets,” she said.

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

One of the impressive dressing rooms off the main bedroom.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The couple described their house as “a dream for having large functions” hosting up to 100 guests.

After marrying in Bali they hosted a cocktail reception at the house to celebrate.

“We put solid glass on top of the spa with coloured lights, it was the cocktail bar,” Mr Lee said.

“It took eight people to lift the glass slab off.”

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

The spa room is a great spot to watch sport on television.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

Matthews Essendon chief executive John Matthews described the property as “a ripper” with the tennis court and palm trees providing a Hollywood-like vibe.

“It’s a bit like your own private oasis,” Mr Matthews said.

The house is being sold with a $2.15m-$2.35m asking price via expressions of interest closing 6pm May 31.

23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

An aerial view of the property.


23 Wendover Cres, Hillside - for herald sun real estate

If the house sells in its upper range it could top Hillside’s $2.95m residential record set last year by 45 Boronia Drive, which has five bedrooms.

Another contender for the record is 7 Telopea Pl, a five-bedroom house with $2.25m-$2.45 price hopes to be auctioned on May 14.

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