The top end of the Knox market has consistently been dominated by lavish prestige homes on large Lysterfield blocks.
It was the same in 2018 with two huge transactions in the $3.5 million range, showing Knox properties can command such lofty prices.
And two houses in Wantirna South nearly topped the $3 million mark as a new suburb record was set on two occasions.
Sales above $3 million in Lysterfield are rare but two more were added this year.
The Knox region’s top home sale was for a stunning modern residence at 11 Sheldon Court, Lysterfield, which fetched $3.5 million through Barry Plant Rowville agent Anthony Johnson.
The house, designed by architect Daryl Pelchen and inspired by the modernist movement of Hollywood Hills, attracted overseas buyer interest but sold to a buyer from a couple of suburbs away.
Local agents have long said Lysterfield offered a serene, semirural lifestyle yet close to suburban amenities such as schools, shopping and major roads.
No. 11 Sheldon Court is set in the premier Carrington Estate with night-time city skyline views.
It features silver travertine walls, earthy stringybark floors, and a lavish pool wing and a signature ‘pavilion’.
The lavish home combines clean lines within a striking design to highlight space and light and impressive poolside vistas.
Mr Johnson also sold nearby 389 Lysterfield Rd in the same suburb and this four-bedroom home offers parking for a dozen cars.
It fetched an unusual sum of $3,489,999 in May, selling to a Brighton family looking for a tree-change.
The home on a huge block sold in three weeks and had been upgraded with a pool, outdoor area and sheds.
It offers a tropical resort ambience, prestige finishes, landscaped surrounds and multiple living and outdoor entertainment options.
In Wantirna South, 11 Jessica Close garnered a $2.905 million result to set a then suburb record for a house.
The five-bedroom, six-bathroom home offers lavish resort-style living with huge living zones on a good sized 942sq m block.
It features an internal courtyard, grand staircase, stunning conservatory, formal and casual zones, theatre room, billiard room with a bar, outdoor retreat with a swim-spa, sauna and a pool.
The property went under contract in 2017 but the sale was not completed. It was also on the market in 2016.
The result topped the previous top sale in Wantirna South of $2.75 million for 24 Tresise Ave, which was set in December 2017, but was later topped by 8 Miriam Close in December.
That palatial pad was crowned Wantirna South’s most expensive house after changing hands earlier than expected for $2.908 million — just $3000 more than 11 Jessica Close.