A North Melbourne shop’s stunning transformation

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Photo: supplied

Designed by an architect for himself, this reinvention of a North Melbourne shop has resulted in a stunning and innovative urban home packed with space and style.

The historic facade, now treated to a warm and welcoming restyling with a solid timber door and plantation shutters hides three levels of supremely comfortable living. The floor plan has been cleverly configured to maximise the space available and take advantage of city views from the top floor.

NORTH MELBOURNE \ 237 Abbotsford Street

  • AGENT \ Jellis Craig 9328 8388
  • PRICE \ $2 million
  • EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST \ Close on April 19 at 5pm

On the ground floor, a bedroom at the front is followed by a study or bedroom, the bathroom, a small courtyard and then the laundry and a drying room before coming to the large garage off Little Lothian Street. The floor here is polished concrete.

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Living areas are on the first floor with the lounge and dining area opening via tri-fold doors to terraces at both ends of the building. In between is the kitchen with a full-height pantry, stainless-steel appliances, square underset sinks and ample storage drawers and cupboards.

In the living area, custom cabinetry includes a gas stone fireplace and cabinetry in the dining area matches that in the kitchen.

On the third level, the main bedroom has city views and an en suite with separate bath and shower. This stylish, bright bathroom has timber cupboards, white fittings and elegant stone-coloured tiling. The second bathroom on this level has a shower and both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.

Throughout, the decor is warm and sophisticated. Polished hardwood floors flow through the living area and the bedrooms upstairs are carpeted.

The house has double glazing, hydronic heating and cooling.

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North Melbourne has evolved into an arty and vibrant suburb. Errol Street, one of inner-Melbourne’s vibrant areas, is a short walk away. The beautiful old Italianate town hall is now home to Arts House which has a dynamic program of performance art, workshops, exhibitions and music.

Restaurants, cafes and bars are plentiful; at Lulu Cafe and Gallery, the menu also serves up art and live music. Brunch is legendary at the Auction Rooms and cuisine from around the world is on offer along Errol Street.

Final word

“This architect’s own home exudes warmth and personality with a thoughtful, stylish, light-filled and spacious renovation.” Trevor Gange – agent

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