When people say ‘they don’t make them like this anymore’, they’re referring to houses like this – decorative Victorian terraces with ornate period detailing. This grand Clifton Hill terrace is one of the most impressive homes in the area, earning a spot on the National Trust Database.
Built circa 1885, the home was originally owned by Walter Scott, who named the house after his daughters Elsie and Leigh; (hence the name ‘Elsie Leigh’ shown on the facade’s pediment beneath the balustraded parapet!).
For the last 23 years, it’s been in the hands of one family, who added a rear extension in 2009 designed by Ian Perkins of Perkins Architects. ‘The renovations were designed to maximise light ingress and cater for a family of four,’ says the owner.
Now, the three-bedroom (plus study), three-bathroom house remains cool in summer and warm in winter (almost unheard of in a double-storey terrace!), thanks to slab heating in the rear ground floor, and hydronic heating throughout.
‘It’s a great house for a party in summer when you [open] up the huge back door and servery window hatch into the rear yard and bring the outdoors inside,’ says the owner.
Period features remain in the original rooms including ceiling roses, a vast bay window in the sitting room, and several marble fireplaces in different designs and colours.
The location only adds to the home’s appeal, being surrounded by parks and the many shops and public transport options on Queens Parade.
If you adore this house as much we do, be sure to head to an inspection before it goes to auction next month!
231 Gold Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria is being sold by Arch Staver and David Sanguinedo at Nelson Alexander via auction at 11am, May 15. For more information, see the full listing.