The Garden City Zonta Club has secured two state award-winning homes to feature in its Annual Grand Homes Tour, both of which were successful in the Master Builders Individual Homes categories.

The Annual Grand Homes Tour, to be held on March 26, provides the opportunity for visitors to explore some of Toowoomba’s most prestigious and historical homes, while raising significant funds to contribute to local and international charities.

One of the award winners in this year’s tour, Downs Designer Homes state award winner Casa dei Sogni (meaning ‘house of dreams’) was designed in the style of a magnificent Italian villa. Multiple columns, wrought iron balustrades, copper guttering, an intricate chimney and subtle trims give the Middle Ridge home the feel of continental Europe. Marble stairs ascend to double wrought iron entrance doors, which lead to a 6.5 metre entrance tower with an arched window.

The living area boasts built-in fire places with timber mantles and stone hearths, and a beautifully proportioned mirror, while the detailed kitchen integrates the best of European appliances amongst stone tops and stained Tasmanian oak finishes.

A grand, sweeping staircase leads to the upper floors of the house. The bedroom wings comprises three spacious rooms. The main bedroom has coffered ceilings with metallic paint and decorative wallpaper, while the ensuite is tiled fully in Carrera marble, with a double vanity, free standing bath, and an opening skylight. Its perfect orientation allows north and eastern sunlight, and maximises the escarpment breezes on offer.

The second home, a triumphant salute to mid-century post-modernism, has been brought to life by Mark Winter Constructions. With a design and presence imagined in the Hollywood Hills or Malibu, the home sits upon a generous corner block, overlooking bushland in a secluded Middle Ridge enclave. Extensive use of western red cedar is in perfect symphony when juxtaposed against white render and black external cladding

An impressive, three metre pivoting glass door entry opens up options to access the media room, or the large study. The foyer leads into a dramatic double height, open plan living area, with the dining room and kitchen only divided by a waterfall sided marble island bench.

Surrounded by tallowwood panelling and soft close cabinetry, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances sit elegantly within marble surrounds and a glass feature windowed rear wall. Bi-fold glass doors then tuck neatly away, opening the dramatic indoor living space into the Palm Springs inspired outdoor zone.

All bathrooms throughout the home make extensive use of porcelain tiling, Pietra grey marble vanity tops, and Rogerseller vanity basins.

Luxuriously carpeted stairs lead from the living space to the top floor main bedroom retreat; a generous lounge and dressing space with direct ensuite access, and featuring tallowwood cabinetry. It is this master suite that crowns a home unique in its cutting-edge design, and masterful craftsmanship.

This year, the proceeds from the Garden City Zonta Club’s Annual Grand Homes Tour will be donated to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and the annual Child Safety Pantomime. Tickets can be purchased from the Empire Theatre.