Estate Pioneer: Tulliallan Estate, Cranbourne North

Once the block of land was secured at Tulliallan Estate, the vision Mumtaz Amin had for his Cranbourne North home was set in stone, literally. Natural stone from the mountainous regions of north-eastern Afghanistan, to be precise. The importer, whose family hails from the north-eastern Afghan province of Kunar, said he had initially set his sights on buying another block in Tulliallan but hadn’t been quick enough to act. But, in a twist of fate, he was far happier with the 512sq m corner block that he bought because it captured excellent natural light on all sides.

“There are several features of my home which excite me, but the key feature would be the use of a natural stone both on the outside and inside of my home,” Mumtaz said. “The natural stone has a richness and uniqueness of colour and texture that creates sophistication. It’s made up of a selection of loose granite, marble and other exotic rocks, including traces of gold. I have imported the exotic, natural stones as part of the business (InterGlobe, 0401 963 293) that I run. The natural stone is the first of its kind to be imported from Afghanistan and the use of the natural stone has become less restrictive for builders and designers to achieve different architectural outcomes.”

The external stone, which shimmers as light changes through the day, has made the 68-square home a landmark property in the area, with people often pulling up at all hours to photograph it, Mumtaz said. The question of what to build came after a long search for land. Previously residing with family at Narre Warren South, Mumtaz was attracted to the Cranbourne North area by its serenity and the abundance of established facilities. And the elevated position of Tulliallan was hard to resist. In fact, Mumtaz’s relations liked the estate so much they chose to buy land nearby and also build in Tulliallan. 

“I felt like the Cranbourne North area was always my first preference in terms of building my home,” he said. “Tulliallan is in a great area, and close to several shopping centres, schools and other facilities. Furthermore, it is a serene area where you can find peace and comfort.”

Taking about 18 months from land acquisition to completion, the two-level dwelling has been a labour of love for Mumtaz. There’s a reason why the double-storey delight on the corner block is so large – Mumtaz has a larger-than-average family. In addition to Mumtaz and his wife Jahan, there is his mother Gul Arzo, 81, son Billal, 22, daughter Aisha, 19, son Yasin, 16, twin sisters Zubida and Zahida, 14, and sons Zayed, 10 and Imran, 3, who reside under the roof. The family of 10 is complemented by Mumtaz also having 12 brothers and sisters – with several in the immediate area and many others in nearby areas.

But the living spaces have been created to effortlessly accommodate large gatherings, with seating for at least 10 in the formal and informal areas. And the top level also provides an additional living space in which the kids can relax. “In one word, I would describe the home as luxurious. The size of my home, combined with its features, radiates comfort and luxury. It is a great residence for my family and it is also a pleasing experience for my friends and extended family that will come to visit,” he said. “My home is spacious and the design and layout of the home is an exciting experience. The home has undoubtedly grown with my family. They are adapting well and appreciate the various features, including the five suite rooms, spacious living areas and kitchens.”

With the bonus of a formal entry and informal side entry for access into the respective living areas, it has six bedrooms (each with an en suite and walk-in robe), formal living and dining zone with imported light fittings, and informal living area at the rear that integrates the toshak (a cushioned sitting area for extra guests). The chic kitchen incorporates black highlights, such as the Blanco sinks, large island bench with pot drawers, and a genuine butler’s pantry for food preparation with double sink, 900mm stainless-steel oven with five-burner gas cooktop, and canopy rangehood. The feature open-tread Tasmanian oak staircase, with glass-panelled balustrade, ascends to the large kids retreat and four bedrooms, including the front main bedroom. Balconies on the southern side of the home provide relief from the heat.

“This is my first home build and it has been both an exciting and overwhelming experience. Building a home, tailored to your needs, is a dream come true. The effort, dedication and personal investment in your own home is always more significant and alluring,” he said. Inspired by homes he’d lived in and the improvements he would have made, Mumtaz also integrated his extended family’s ideas into the design. “It is a modern design combined with a fusion of Orientalism, which is suitable to both my needs and my family’s. I have come across various display homes and also done extensive research on the features and products I would use in my dream home,” Mumtaz said. “My wife, Jahan, has also provided her invaluable advice and input and it is extremely rewarding for us to have a home that our children can enjoy.”

The family of 10 has noticed the change as residents in the fledgling community begin to call Tulliallan home. “When we first began building our home, the area was all land and there was no development or infrastructure,” Mumtaz said. “However more recently, people are building their homes and the area has truly flourished. From day one we didn’t have many neighbours – maybe one next door. The roads were finished, however there wasn’t much other development. Fortunately for us, there was an outdoor barbecue area opposite our home, where the kids would play. There is a picnic area surrounded by trees. It creates a comfortable and calm environment for us to live. I love the calmness and serenity in our neighbourhood. Furthermore I have family that resides in the neighbourhood, so it is very exciting to have that support and enjoy the area with people that you love.”

Mumtaz’s middle son, Yasin, said the estate had been ideal for he and his siblings, with a basketball court, playground and school nearby. Shops are also within a 1km walk. Mumtaz said many of his new neighbours had taken an interest during the construction process. And now that the home has been completed, it continues to be an attraction.

Mumtaz would have no hesitation in recommending that people build a new life for themselves. “I would encourage those moving into new areas to seize the opportunity and take the risk. I would advise them to do their research and planning and familiarise themselves with the agencies and companies that can potentially help them move into their home,” Mumtaz said. “We all desire the quintessential dream home and if we have the resources available we shouldn’t hinder this dream. People are often reluctant to take a risk and experiment with building, however the satisfaction of building your own home is like nothing else. The only thing I would change would be to build earlier.” 

Words: Ross McGravie

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