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For Sale: A New York Loft-Style Penthouse Inside A Converted Collingwood Factory

On The Market

This New York loft-style apartment in Melbourne’s Collingwood has seen many iterations – from its origins as a Foy & Gibson factory producing hats, clothes and hardware to now; a two-storey penthouse with enviable city views.

After eight years – and one massive renovation (where they acquired and joined the apartment above) – the owners have decided to put their beloved warehouse-turned-home on the market. Take a look below!

4th November, 2022

The current owners acquired the apartment above in 2016 and joined the two spaces to create one generous 400-square-metre home. Photo – SpaceCraft

The walls feature exposed red brick. Photo – SpaceCraft

The kitchen in the open-plan dining and living. Photo – SpaceCraft

The apartment has been transformed over the years! Photo – SpaceCraft

Photo – SpaceCraft

Tall windows look across to Melbourne CBD. Photo – SpaceCraft

Exposed timber ceilings hark back to the apartment’s roots. Photo – SpaceCraft

Upstairs, one of the three bedrooms leads out onto the roof deck. Photo – SpaceCraft

Photo – SpaceCraft

The roof deck is spacious enough for all types of outdoor living. Photo – SpaceCraft

The best spot to view Melbourne’s epic sunrises and sunsets. Photo – SpaceCraft

With incredible views across to the city! Photo – SpaceCraft

Bea Taylor
Friday 4th November 2022

This striking New York loft-style penthouse comes with a rich history. The Foy & Gibson building has dominated the Collingwood landscape since its conception in 1876. At the time, it was designed by renowned architect William Pitt as a factory, producing everything from clothing and hats to furniture and hardware. 

The company went into receivership in 1968, which saw the once bustling building at number 68 Oxford street lie mostly dormant for 25 years until it was sold to developer, Bladen Gibson, in 1993. Bladen promptly subdivided the building into multiple ‘shells’ for residential use, which were put to market in 1996. 

It was up to each individual buyer to configure and fit out the ‘shells’ themselves, and in 1997, number 4A 68 Oxford street received its first home renovation. 

Since then, the apartment has undergone a number of updates and improvements. Most notably in 2016, when the current owners acquired the apartment above and joined the two titles to become one incredible 400 square metre home. 

Inside, the Manhattan-meets-Melbourne penthouse still champions its roots with timber ceilings, a striking industrial-style staircase and the original exposed brick walls, with the piece-de-resistance being the tall windows, which frame the city skyline. 

A view, in fact, that is best appreciated from the rooftop, and its wrap-around deck. ‘It goes without saying that we will miss the incredible views,’ says the current owner. ‘The morning sunrises, evening sunsets and entertaining on the incredible rooftop have been a joy.’ 

After eight years the owners have decided to put their converted warehouse apartment on the market – ready for someone else to add their stamp to its history.

4A 68 Oxford street, Collingwood, is listed with Simon Shrimpton at Jellis Craig and will be taking expressions of interest until Thursday 24 November, 6pm. 

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