Warrandyte: Palm Springs, American Craftsman vibes at home that’s described as a “place of little frogs”

Named Nangkita, the house at 11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte, has a resort-like feel.


A resort-style entertainer’s paradise is bringing a slice of Palm Springs’ cool to Melbourne’s north east.

Diana and Chris Lang’s house at 11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte, once hosted more than 100 guests for a Cancer Council fundraising event.

The couple have also held many Christmas and Easter gatherings in the undercover area featuring a built-in barbecue next to their swimming pool and spa.

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A recreation and media room is fitted with a bar and home theatre, while a separate glass-walled entertainment space – which can be opened up during warmer weather – comes complete with a grill, teppanyaki cooktop, fireplace and recycled timber ceiling.

“When entertaining, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or sunshine there is always a place for our relatives and friends to go,” Ms Lang said.

“Friends and family, when they come over, say it feels like a resort.”

11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

The kitchen has plenty of storage, stone benchtops, a butler’s pantry, 90cm Italian oven, an integrated dishwasher and a fridge and freezer.


11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

Owners Diana and Chris Lang’s beloved dog Chilli takes in the serenity.


11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

The Palm Springs-style garden can be seen from through large windows.


Set on 4082sq m, the block provides plenty of room for their dog, Chilli, to run around.

There’s even a freestanding studio complete with a bathroom, sauna and walk-in wardrobe where visitors can stay.

Also outdoors, the garden featuring palm trees and cactus in a tribute to the Palm Springs’ landscape contains a floodlit mod grass tennis court and a central firepit courtyard with reclaimed wooden seating.

The Langs named the property Nangkita, which means “place of little frogs” in honour of an amphibian they used to hear croaking in the garden.

A bar, billiards table and home theatre offer plenty of fun.


Nangkita means “place of little frogs”.


11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

Perfect for fans of Californian cool.


Mr Lang, who runs boutique building company PrecisionTech Building Concepts, has gradually renovated and extended the house since he and his wife purchased in 2011.

The four-bedroom home’s transformation incorporated elements of not only Palm Springs but American Craftsman and Eastlake architecture.

“Inside we have given it a bit of a contemporary twist,” Mr Lang said.

11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

The circular driveway leads to the facade with its stonework and a portico.


11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

Curl up and read by the fire.


11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

Or stay warm by the outdoor firepit surrounded by reclaimed timber seating.


He particularly enjoys spending time in the kitchen, living and meals area measuring about 90sq m.

“The sun just pours in here and it’s very quiet and peaceful,” he added.

The kitchen boasts stone benchtops, a butler’s pantry, 90cm Italian oven and dishwasher.

A formal living and dining area contains a soaring vaulted ceiling and fireplace and a gas fireplace makes the family room extra cosy.

A bath tub in one of the three bathrooms.


11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

The mod grass tennis court is floodlit.


Nangkita’s exterior is adorned with natural sandstone imported from Morocco while the main bathroom has “beautiful French-pattern marble” and the ensuite a wall of green-coloured Sukabumi-brand natural stone.

Looking out to the pool, the main bedroom suite also includes a dressing room.

An office, keyless entry, CCTV security, reverse cycle heating and cooling, double-glazed windows and a double garage add to the appeal.

11 Pygmalion Rise, Warrandyte - for herald sun real estate

A pool view from one of the bedrooms.


Marshall White Manningham’s Traci Stella Warrandyte’s “great community” offered Yarra River walking trails, an active arts and culture scene, “cool coffee shops” and close access to the Eastern Freeway.

Nangkita is for sale with a $4.4m-$4.6m asking range.

Expressions of interest close at 3pm on February 27.

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