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An Iconic Melbourne Art Family’s Richmond Home Is For Sale

On The Market

There are few families that have contributed to the artistic landscape of Melbourne more than the Mora family. When gallerist William Mora and his then-wife Lucy Mora first purchased the Richmond site where this home now sits, it was just a carpark.

Alongside De Campo Architects in 2000, the pair developed an outstanding contemporary building that houses a gallery, a townhouse and two studio apartments.

Now that the kids are grown up and Lucy has relocated to regional Victoria, the time has come to say goodbye to this incredible inner-Melbourne family home. The good news is, it’s ready for the next chapter!

19th October, 2021

Styling – Kirra Scotland. Photography – Arc Studio.

Styling – Kirra Scotland. Photography – Arc Studio.

Styling – Kirra Scotland. Photography – Arc Studio.

Styling – Kirra Scotland. Photography – Arc Studio.

Styling – Kirra Scotland. Photography – Arc Studio.

Styling – Kirra Scotland. Photography – Arc Studio.

Sally Tabart
Tuesday 19th October 2021

This Richmond townhouse is an inspiring space like no other. The family home is spread out across three levels, and despite its central location, feels private and intimate.

In the year 2000, Lucy and William Mora developed a contemporary, multi-level building designed by De Campo Architects that would house William’s gallery, William Mora Galleries on the lower level, a family home for the pair and their children Lily (founder of affordable art platform Sunday Salon) and Fred (co-founder of experience agency Practise Studio Practise) upstairs, and a studio apartment where William’s mother, beloved artist Mirka Mora, lived and worked for many years.

While William and Lucy divorced years ago, they remained great friends and split the building between them: William taking the downstairs level for his gallery, building an apartment into the space, and Lucy keeping the townhouse. After moving to Newstead in regional Victoria with her husband Julian, where she runs her design and homewares store, The Mud Room, Lucy has made the difficult decision to sell her piece of development: the family home.

The four-bedroom, three story townhouse is nestled within Richmond’s industrial past, on the fringes of the CBD, positioned a few streets behind Melbourne live music establishment The Corner Hotel and adjacent to Richmond train station.

Perched on the top level of the home is a brilliant home office or studio with secure rooftop access, and floor-to-ceiling glass that captures elevated views across Richmond.

The middle level comprises four bedrooms (all with built-in robes), with an en suite attached to the main and additional bathroom/laundry servicing the other bedrooms/retreat area. ‘The view from bed in the main bedroom is brilliant, especially in the mornings when you can see the hot air balloons floating over Melbourne’, says Lucy.

The bottom level of the family home is really where the magic happens. Natural light floods the open plan main living area, which opens up to a GLORIOUS courtyard at the heart of the building development. The north-facing courtyard features an elevated spa pool (which quite possibly has some of the best views in the area!) and is an incredible place for parties – which is the part Lucy will miss most about living here! ‘You get the best views of the fireworks on New Year’s Eve’ she says.

Two car spaces are allotted in the car park beneath the home, as well as a private elevator that brings residents straight up to the main living area.

This is the first time the home has been up for sale in the 21 years since it was built – and the next owners are sure to have a long and happy life here in this iconic home, too.

1A/60 Tanner Street, Richmond will be going to auction on Friday, October 29th at 12pm. Check out the full listing here

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