This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Charming Victorian Cottage, Turned Contemporary Family Home (With Two Rooftop Terraces!)

On The Market

Tucked into the tightly-held residential pocket of Fitzroy North in Melbourne, Webster Architecture + Interiors have transformed this Victorian weatherboard into a generous, multi-level family home – with all the mod-cons.

And now, it could be yours!

3rd July, 2020

The refurbished kitchen is fitted with all the mod-cons! Photo – Dylan James.

The bluestone paved rooftop terraces host gas fireplaces installed into the original brick chimneys! Photo – Dylan James.

The living and entertaining zone is located upstairs, where it has all the advantages of elevated natural light! Photo – Dylan James.

The ground floor is home to three bedrooms and washrooms. Photo – Dylan James.

The second bedroom backs onto an internal courtyard. Photo – Dylan James.

A humble facade retains its original Victorian charm. Photo – Dylan James.

Laneway entry to a single car garage below the main rooftop terrace. Photo – Dylan James.

Are you the new custodians of this Fitzroy North cottage?

Sasha Gattermayr
Friday 3rd July 2020

A west-facing, newly-renovated Victorian home, just a stone’s throw from the bustling North Fitzroy village? It’s almost unheard of. Toss in a second storey, and not one but TWO rooftop terrace balconies, and you have something close to mythological.

Recently updated with a ground-up restoration and double storey extension, this semi-detached Victorian weatherboard comfortably contains three large bedrooms and accompanying washrooms behind its modest facade. Beyond the sleeping quarters, the ground floor contains an indoor courtyard, which filters light into the master ensuite and second bedroom, and laneway entry to a single-car garage.

The first floor opens up to a light-filled living and entertaining area, where the heritage proportions of this home have been elevated with a brand new kitchen, and suite of modern conveniences. Flanked by glass bi-fold doors, each end of the open plan room opens to a bluestone-paved terrace, the larger of which offers a generous outdoor dining space. Gas fireplaces have been fitted to the original brick chimneys, which enables rooftop dining all year ’round!

The enviable inner city dwelling sits adjacent to the Fitzroy North shopping strip, making it walking distance from local schools, cafes, shops and Edinburgh Gardens. With double glazed windows and a an underground water tank, this home is the perfect marriage of heritage charm, and modern living!

Are you the new owners of this home? See the full listing for 747 Brunswick Street North, Fitzroy North here. The home will be sold by James Pilliner and Sonya Laferla at Nelson Alexander via auction on Saturday July 25 at 12.30pm.

This Week

Art

A Look Inside Abbey Rich's Mesmerising New Exhibition

See the Melbourne artist's beautifully bold abstract pieces at MARS Gallery, filled with playful patterns and hidden meanings.
Christina Karras

Food

Julia's Crunchy Crumbed Fish With Cos Salad + Yoghurt Tartare

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's delicious take on a classic summer fish dinner – on high rotation for the rest of the season!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

Local Artist Hannah Maskell Creates Mesmerising Grids Of Colour

The Melbourne-based artist's geometric drawings and wooden sculptures are a cross between 'colour theory and colour therapy'.
Christina Karras

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life With Local Icons + TikTok Stars, Ginger And Carman

Get to know the fashionable, dynamic duo, whose fun-filled adventures (and inspiring approach to life) have made them Internet famous!
Christina Karras

Art

9 Unmissable Exhibitions To See In 2023!

From NGV's Alexander McQueen exhibition, to a showcase of Frida Kahlo's works, here are the must-see exhibitions of the coming year.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Brazilian-Inspired Update Of A 1920s Brisbane Cottage

Bowen by Shaun Lockyer Architects elevates a 1920s cottage with a stunning renovation and addition.

Homes

A Quirky Redfern Terrace With A Hidden Green Roof

The unconventional family home of designer Sacha Coles, split over 4 levels!

Climate

Everything You Need To Know About GreenPower (+ Why You Should Make The Switch)

The easiest way to invest in in Australia's renewable future - and it's simpler (and cheaper) than you think!

Shopping

Shop The Chunky, Colourful Furniture You’ve Seen All Over The Internet

Meet the tradie brothers behind FEARON, who have been making quirky, must-have furniture that blends fun with functionality!
Christina Karras

Architecture

An Unconventional Beach House Elevated On Steel

Steel beams elevate AB House by Office MI—JI to form an unconventional beach house in Barwon Heads.

Gardens

A Lush Secret Garden, Inside A Converted Melbourne Church!

This surprising garden in East Melbourne has its own lagoon pool, a natural fish pond and 10m-tall walls covered in ivy.
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Boundless Garden Immersed In Native Bushland

A new coastal home on the Mornington Peninsula buried deep within a native grassy woodland, with stunning gardens by Plume Studio.

Homes

An Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1970s South Yarra Apartment

How designers Lola Digby-Diercks and Sebastian Owen completely transformed their South Yarra apartment in just six months.

Creative People

The New Small Business Making Mid-Century-Inspired Furniture In Australia

Culture Cush are making velvet-covered modular lounges inspired by retro designs, with the best materials of today!
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

An Off-Grid, Modern Country Farmhouse In Regional Victoria

Step inside a newly built farmhouse that's fully off the grid, with all the classic features of an old country home.
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

On The Market

Victorian Grandeur Meets Modern Convenience In Primo Location!

This renovated Victorian family home in Fitzroy North is looking for new custodians.

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s 1930s South Yarra Home Is Up For Sale!

One of South Yarra’s tightly held 1930s homes has hit the market, featuring a masterful renovation by its interior designer owner.

Architecture

A Dilapidated Cottage Transformed Into A Modern Family Home

A subtle and skilful design by Olaver Architecture brings light and richness to this compact family home in Richmond!
Sasha Gattermayr

This Week

Gardens

A Lush Secret Garden, Inside A Converted Melbourne Church!

This surprising garden in East Melbourne has its own lagoon pool, a natural fish pond and 10m-tall walls covered in ivy.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Quirky Redfern Terrace With A Hidden Green Roof

The unconventional family home of designer Sacha Coles, split over 4 levels!

Studio Visit

Local Artist Hannah Maskell Creates Mesmerising Grids Of Colour

The Melbourne-based artist's geometric drawings and wooden sculptures are a cross between 'colour theory and colour therapy'.
Christina Karras

Shopping

Shop The Chunky, Colourful Furniture You’ve Seen All Over The Internet

Meet the tradie brothers behind FEARON, who have been making quirky, must-have furniture that blends fun with functionality!
Christina Karras

Climate

Everything You Need To Know About GreenPower (+ Why You Should Make The Switch)

The easiest way to invest in in Australia's renewable future - and it's simpler (and cheaper) than you think!

Art

9 Unmissable Exhibitions To See In 2023!

From NGV's Alexander McQueen exhibition, to a showcase of Frida Kahlo's works, here are the must-see exhibitions of the coming year.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Brazilian-Inspired Update Of A 1920s Brisbane Cottage

Bowen by Shaun Lockyer Architects elevates a 1920s cottage with a stunning renovation and addition.

Art

A Look Inside Abbey Rich's Mesmerising New Exhibition

See the Melbourne artist's beautifully bold abstract pieces at MARS Gallery, filled with playful patterns and hidden meanings.
Christina Karras

Creative People

The New Small Business Making Mid-Century-Inspired Furniture In Australia

Culture Cush are making velvet-covered modular lounges inspired by retro designs, with the best materials of today!
Christina Karras

Food

Julia's Crunchy Crumbed Fish With Cos Salad + Yoghurt Tartare

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's delicious take on a classic summer fish dinner – on high rotation for the rest of the season!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life With Local Icons + TikTok Stars, Ginger And Carman

Get to know the fashionable, dynamic duo, whose fun-filled adventures (and inspiring approach to life) have made them Internet famous!
Christina Karras

Homes

An Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1970s South Yarra Apartment

How designers Lola Digby-Diercks and Sebastian Owen completely transformed their South Yarra apartment in just six months.

Architecture

An Unconventional Beach House Elevated On Steel

Steel beams elevate AB House by Office MI—JI to form an unconventional beach house in Barwon Heads.

Sustainable Homes

An Off-Grid, Modern Country Farmhouse In Regional Victoria

Step inside a newly built farmhouse that's fully off the grid, with all the classic features of an old country home.
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Boundless Garden Immersed In Native Bushland

A new coastal home on the Mornington Peninsula buried deep within a native grassy woodland, with stunning gardens by Plume Studio.

Similar Stories

On The Market

Victorian Grandeur Meets Modern Convenience In Primo Location!

This renovated Victorian family home in Fitzroy North is looking for new custodians.

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s 1930s South Yarra Home Is Up For Sale!

1930s bones + designer renovation + home studio + lush courtyard = one seriously dreamy home. And it’s on the market!

Architecture

A Dilapidated Cottage Transformed Into A Modern Family Home

A subtle and skilful design by Olaver Architecture brings light and richness to this compact family home in Richmond!
Sasha Gattermayr

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net