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This Designer’s Family Home Hides A Rooftop Terrace, And It’s For Sale

Not all family homes are quite as cool as the Fitzroy North family home of designer Dan Gayfer (of Dan Gayfer Design) and communications professional Leah Hyland.

The Edwardian facade doesn’t give much away about the impressive scale of the extension beyond, or what lies inside. Dan designed the entire three-bedroom house himself, creating new light-filled interiors and contemporary living areas, complete with built-in furniture and an impressive rooftop terrace!

It’s full of surprises – and now, it’s on the market.

Christina Karras
Supported by Nelson Alexander

The beautifully renovated home at 58 Holden Street, Fitzroy North is up for sale. Photo – Joel Noon

Designer Dan Gayfer and his family purchased the property back in 2009 as their first home, before transforming it with a sweeping extension. Photo – Joel Noon

The project has been dubbed the ‘High House’, for its surprisingly tall second story! Photo – Joel Noon

Inside, it features custom, built-in furniture and joinery that have been purposefully designed ‘to facilitate and promote conversation and activity between occupants’. Photo – Dean Bradley

The kitchen has a Smeg induction cooktop and oven, fully integrated Siemens dishwasher and freestanding island bench with a striking concrete benchtop! Photo – Joel Noon

The addition of a courtyard behind the glass doors fills the home with natural light. Photo – Dean Bradley

Skylights also help the space feel light and airy. Photo – Joel Noon

The dining area. Photo – Joel Noon

A laundry, storage cupboards and wine cellar have been cleverly located underneath the staircase. Photo – Dean Bradley

The first floor living room. Photo – Joel Noon

Blue tiles bring in a pop of colour and playful personality. Photo – Dean Bradley

A spacious bathtub! Photo – Dean Bradley

The main bedroom is privately tucked away upstairs. Photo – Dean Bradley

In contrast to the downstairs bathroom, the ensuite features fun, pastel pink tiling! Photo – Dean Bradley

‘We are especially fond of the first-floor retreat and adjoining rooftop terrace,’ owner-designer Dan says. Photo – Joel Noon


‘Creating a second living space was very important to us and we couldn’t be happier with this area, especially the fact that it literally doubles in size when you include the rooftop terrace.’ Photo – Dean Bradley

And the sunny rooftop deck is a major drawcard that helps the home defy all usual expectations of inner-city terrace living! Photo – Joel Noon

The charming Edwardian facade. Photo – Joel Noon

Now its up for grabs for a new family to call home! Photo – Joel Noon

Christina Karras
27th of March 2023

From the Edwardian facade to the thoughtful interiors, there’s a lot to love about the Fitzroy North family home of Dan Gayfer, Leah Hyland and their two kids, Clementine (8) and Goldie (4).

The couple came across it in 2009 after unsuccessfully bidding on a few homes in Richmond and decided to try their luck in Fitzroy North – an area that was ‘unknown’ to them at the time. It didn’t take long for them to find the humble Edwardian at 58 Holden Street which they purchased as their first home before later renovating it in 2015.

‘As Dan has his own design studio, Dan Gayfer Design, he designed the house himself including all architectural, interior and exterior elements,’ Leah says. And other than the front two rooms of the original brick residence, the rest of the three-bedroom house was all re-built as new!

This allowed Dan to make the most of the block’s 154sq m footprint, creating built-in timber furniture and benches throughout. The ground floor features a playful, blue-tiled bathroom, alongside a new open-plan dining, kitchen and living area, with glass doors that open to a central courtyard.

Upstairs, you’ll find the main bedroom and a pastel pink ensuite, in addition to second living space and rooftop terrace – two elements the family is especially sad to say goodbye to as they list their home of 14 years.

‘The skylights overhead and glazing to the north ensures that the retreat is constantly drowned in natural light,’ Dan adds. ‘During the warmer months, especially later in the afternoon, we spend a lot of time lounging on the rooftop terrace having a wine or beer and chat.’

‘It is actually quite surreal as you are literally surrounded by adjacent rooftops and tree canopies which surprisingly provide complete privacy. A bar fridge integrated into the tiled planter on the terrace is the icing on the cake so to speak!’

The family say the location has been another highlight of living in the home. Being within walking distance to both Fitzroy North Village, Lygon Street in Brunswick East has given them access to some of the inner-city’s best playgrounds, parks, restaurants, bars and ice cream shops.

Dan’s now gearing up for the ‘challenge’ of designing a new family home for the next stage in their lives. But safe to say whoever buys their current abode will be one lucky owner!

58 Holden Street, Fitzroy North is listed for sale with Charlie Barham from Nelson Alexander Carlton North and will go to auction on Saturday April 15 at 10:30am.

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