Snap up sleek Kensington reno by Shannon Bennett, Madeleine West

Snap up sleek Kensington reno by Shannon Bennett, Madeleine West

A Kensington house tastefully renovated by its famous former owners, chef Shannon Bennett and actor Madeleine West, has been dished up to the market.

The pair enlisted architect Nicholas Murray to design a modern extension for the 1889 Hawthorn brick residence at 5 Bruce St, Nelson Alexander partner Jayson Watts said.

CoreLogic records show they sold the property for $1.65 million in 2013 to the current owners, who’ve listed for private sale at $2.325 million.

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Mr Watts said the overhaul made the five-bedroom house one of Kensington’s finest, combining classic and contemporary styles.

“The attention to detail is nothing short of brilliant,” he said.

“The pool is exceptional, and the kitchen is obviously fantastic, being designed by Shannon.”

The house offers up to five bedrooms, including a main with a dressing room, luxe ensuite and steam room.

The open-plan living and dining zone features a kitchen with premium Miele appliances, Jetmaster fireplace and oak floors.

It flows to a north-facing bluestone alfresco area with a wood-fired pizza oven and built-in barbecue.

Nestled among the Jack Merlo-landscaped grounds are a “gazing pond” adorned with Polly Courtin paintings and a vertical garden by famed eco-artist Joost Bakker.

West, star of Channel 10 drama Playing for Keeps, confirmed in September that she and Bennett, Vue de Monde head chef and a MasterChef regular, had separated.

But the Herald Sun reported last month the couple appeared to be back together.

They’ve been active on the property market of late, last year selling their luxury Lorne property for an undisclosed price. It was asking $4.2 million.

The pair also offloaded a spectacular South Yarra manor for $9.78 million in late-2017, a few months after splashing $16 million on a Toorak mansion.

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