Luxury home in Mount Martha owned by Kate Walker just listed


When interior designer Kate Walker bought this home in 2019, she was languishing in the Mount Martha Market, a bizarre 1980s relic with a “problematic front facade.”

As the founder and director of bespoke design studio KWD, Walker was not deterred. She had lived in the suburb of Bayside with her two children for over a decade and was keen to stay local.

Walker turned what was a “problematic facade” into this masterpiece. Photo: Supplied

The proximity of the property to the water and the ‘beautiful’ views from the first and second floor verandas were sufficient assets.

“It was difficult for potential buyers to see past the obvious issues with the house,” she says. “But from the first inspection, I knew I could create a very special home.”

Fast forward – or, rather, ahead with COVID-19 lockdowns and related material supply and budgeting issues turning a six-month renovation into an 18-month project – and the property is unrecognizable.

“You can’t think of it as a renovation,” says Alex Corradi of Danckert Real Estate. “Kate reduced the house to a shell. We don’t think so much about a new construction as we do about this transformation. Every square inch of the place has been considered down to the smallest detail.

The backyard looks straight out like a picture of Slim Aarons. Photo: Supplied

The four-bedroom home embodies its goal of creating a “private resort-style resort” (named Biscayne after a trip Walker took to the Florida Keys, from which she drew much of her inspiration).

“I mixed the British Colonial style that I love with a Caribbean vibe to create a new aesthetic that I called ‘Caribbean Colonial’,” she explains.

“[It is] a formal sensibility mixed with a relaxed conviviality to create a feeling when opening the front doors that is totally transporting.

“The house has all the hallmarks of a five star hotel and the calming essence of an island getaway.”

Pink umbrellas dance in the sea breeze by the sparkling swimming pool as the white verandah-lined house looms behind. Inside, it’s a sumptuous, textured wonderland.

“When people walk into Biscayne, they are amazed at the level of detail and the custom finishes in each room,” Walker says of the thick marble benches, Italian oak flooring, and wood carpentry.

A dream kitchen with green marble accents. Photo: Supplied

“The layers of texture and tone are so harmonious and create a real sense of pleasure everywhere you look. “

Gucci, Hermes and Ralph Lauren wallpapers, paintings and artwork impart color and depth, as do the beautifully colored tiles, imported designer lighting and custom handmade rugs.

“I love the texture, the quality and the natural materials,” says Walker. “I need to be surrounded by things that bring joy; that awaken memories. A house tells the story of who you are.

Walker says his favorite place to relax is the back patio, where his wicker chair has a view of the pool, tennis court, and palm trees by the bay.

“Having a drink in the evening, with the sun pouring in and the outside fans spinning gently in the breeze, erases the worries of the day,” she adds.

6-8 Glenisla Drive, Mount Martha VIC 3934

6-8 Glenisla Drive, Mount Martha VIC 3934

A back alley leads to the pretty south beach of Mount Martha.

“When you buy this house, you also buy a lifestyle,” says Corradi.

Getting ahead so soon was never Walker’s plan, and selling Biscayne is “bittersweet”. But life has a funny way, she thinks.

“Single mom for 13 years, my heart has finally found its forever home with my partner,” she says. “Between us, we have five children aged 11 to 21, and we are now ready to merge our lives and live together as one united Brady Bunch.”

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