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A Stylist’s Elegant Carlton North Terrace Hits The Market

On The Market

This charming terrace has everything we’ve come to expect from a period home in the inner-Melbourne neighbourhood of Carlton North, with a contemporary twist.

The classical period facade, soaring ceilings, and ornate open fireplaces are met by a striking modern renovation by Andrew Simpson Architects that blends old and new.

It’s been a happy family home for David and Megan Robinson of Cooper Robinson Interiors and Cachet, who are now hoping to hand the keys to their luxurious pad over to a new family. Take a look before it heads to auction later this month!

5th October, 2022

The unique home features heritage charm and a uniquely modern extension, with a luxurious kitchen for entertaining! Darlinghurst dining chairs by Cachet. Photo – Chris Alexander

One of the home’s cosy living rooms. Photo – Chris Alexander

Cachet furniture was used throughout the formal living room. Photo – Chris Alexander

Beautifully ornate fireplaces are among some of the original features that have been retained in the renovations. Photo – Chris Alexander

A light and bright bedroom.  Photo – Chris Alexander

The residence also features two bathrooms. Photo – Chris Alexander

The geometric extension of the home opens to a courtyard space. Photo – Chris Alexander

A romantic and sweeping staircase! Photo – Chris Alexander

Christina Karras
Wednesday 5th October 2022

David and Megan Robinson came across their Victorian terrace after inspecting several others in Carlton North. The area is lined with rows of similarly charming properties from the 1880s, but the three-bedroom house at 485 Station Street had the added benefit of being fully renovated and move-in ready!

Andrew Simpson Architects have ‘reimagined’ the period residence for modern family living, crafting a light-filled extension at the rear that offered the Robinsons the ‘best of both worlds, with stunning heritage details and contemporary design’.

‘We instantly loved it,’ Cooper Robinson Interiors founder Megan says. ‘As Andrew’s design is so well done, we didn’t feel the need to change anything apart from a few personal adjustments.’ These included updating the floorboards to light oak timber, adding luxe carpeting upstairs, and creating additional wardrobe space.

Inside, the two-storey terrace features a formal living room and a family room with an open fireplace – which has been a cosy and ‘comfortable nest’ for the Robinson family, their daughters, and golden retrievers over the past five years. Steps lead up into the dining room, where a sculptural, geometric ceiling hangs above the kitchen!

‘It’s been an amazing place to entertain in,’ Megan adds. ‘We’ve had so many drinks, dinners, and parties here. As a stylist, I’ve used its features to my full advantage, draping the balustrade and mantles with all manner of greenery and fresh flowers. In summer, we throw the doors open to the courtyard; we’ve even had a taco truck in the back lane!’

They’ve also appreciated the neighbourhood’s quieter village feel with the city, Lygon Street, Edinburgh Gardens and Princes Park at their doorstep.

‘We moved here to be close to VCA and Melbourne University for our three daughters, but now they’ve all graduated and moved out (we think!), we’re ready for a change,’ Meagan says. ‘It’s a large and happy family home; we’d love nothing more than another family to enjoy it.’

485 Station Street, Carlton North is listed with David Sanguinedo and Charlie Barham at Nelson Alexander and will go to auction on Saturday 22 October at 10.00am.

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