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The Cutest Melbourne CBD Apartment Is For Sale!

On The Market

If you love the idea of living right in Melbourne’s CBD, but aren’t in the market for a tiny studio, this adorable property may just be for you! 

This cute as a button apartment (which we actually featured back in 2016!) located in an 1875 former warehouse features 1.5 bedrooms and renovated interiors. All it needs is a new owner!   

We asked the current owner, design teacher Melissa Avery, what she’ll miss most about this charming space.

11th February, 2021

This Melbourne city apartment features custom concrete bench tops, and an island bench finished with Statuario marble. Photo – courtesy of Belle Property.

The property’s second bedroom/study. Photo – courtesy of Belle Property.

The main bedroom. Photo – courtesy of Belle Property.

The current owners slowly renovated the entire apartment over three years, restoring period features including exposed beams and an original sash window in the process. Photo – courtesy of Belle Property.

Amelia Barnes
Thursday 11th February 2021

This converted warehouse apartment in Melbourne’s CBD has been home to design teacher Melissa Avery, and electrician Christopher Lloyd, for the past 10 years.

Located in the 1875 Currie & Richards building (a three-storey, heritage-protected brick building originally used for tinware manufacturing), the 1.5 bedroom apartment (one enclosed bedroom, one mezzanine) is the ideal city pad for two.

The apartment has had plenty of lives since the 19th century, as evidenced by its purple feature walls and pink floral wallpaper that existed when Melissa and Christopher moved in 10 years ago!  ‘Luckily for me I married the handiest man around. Chris is amazing and can make or do anything,’ says Melissa. 

The couple slowly renovated the entire apartment over three years, restoring period features including exposed beams and an original sash window in the process. 

After 10 years and many city adventures, Melissa and Christopher are moving slightly further out to North Melbourne where their next renovation awaits. 

If you’re looking for a home mere steps from the Queen Victoria Market, as well as the restaurants, universities, and shopping hotspots of the city – act now!

See the full real estate listing for 16/79-81 Franklin Street, Melbourne via Belle Property. The property goes to auction at 11am, February 27.

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