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This Eclectic Terrace House Opposite Edinburgh Gardens Is For Sale!

On The Market

The Victorian terraces surrounding Fitzroy North’s famous Edinburgh Gardens are many Melburnians’ dream homes, and one of the best is currently for sale!

This particular house has undergone a fantastic renovation by Phooey Architects. The transformed home features materials from a previous addition, to form a more sustainable and sophisticated space. 

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property goes to auction next month!

22nd November, 2021

The kitchen and dining area overlooks the paved terrace. Photo – Chris Alexander.

The kitchen has mid-century vibes with modern conveniences! Photo – Chris Alexander.

The stairwell is flooded with light. Photo – Chris Alexander.

A spacious and comfortable living room. Photo – Chris Alexander.

Stained glass detailing is present throughout. Photo – Chris Alexander.

The main bedroom looks out over the balcony and street-side greenery. Photo – Chris Alexander.

A stately Victorian terrace in all its heritage glory! Photo – Chris Alexander.

Amelia Barnes
Monday 22nd November 2021

It took the current owners only 15 minutes to realise this Victorian terrace opposite Edinburgh Gardens was the perfect house for them. 12 years and many happy memories later, the family have reluctantly decided to sell, presenting a rare opportunity for a buyer to live in this highly-coveted Fitzroy North location! 

The current owners purchased the circa 1886 home in 2009 – and at the time it had barely been touched for 50 years!

Phooey Architects were engaged to renovate the property, adding a new extension and modern luxuries. ‘We were inspired to make the house more liveable and sustainable by adding solar panels and hydronic underfloor heating,’ say the owners.

The architects were inspired by the surrealist idea of ‘cubomania’ – the art of making collages by cutting an image into squares and rearranging them into a new image. This approach is evident in the extension’s external brickwork, where alternating vertical and horizontal stretcher bond segments step in and out, emphasised by the strategic use of salvaged slate roof tiles.

The interiors meanwhile feature several recycled features from the home’s previous additions, including salvaged bricks, repurposed staircase treads and balustrades, and a light well made of the original windows. 

Nods to the home’s former ‘60s additions are evident in the timber joinery throughout, while period fireplaces, skirtings, architraves, hessian-clad walls, and detailed archways have all been restored.

The completed home contains four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, additional guest/rumpus room, and multiple living areas. The location is just the cherry on top! 

‘A favourite spot of ours is to sit on the original balcony attached to the main bedroom and look over Edinburgh Gardens on a sunny afternoon with a drink in hand,’ say the vendors. 

21 Alfred Crescent, Fitzroy North VIC is being sold by Peter Stephens and Isabelle McEwan Marion at Nelson Alexander via auction on Saturday December 11 at 11am. For more information, see the full listing.

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