This double-storey Victorian was run down and in disrepair when last on the market in 2009, but a makeover by its current owners – one of whom is a graphic designer who turned her talents to interiors – has transformed it into a stylish, contemporary house.
Luckily for lovers of history, it also retains heritage details such as original doorknobs and fireplaces.
Backing onto Prahran’s Victoria Gardens, the entire rear of the house was renovated to maximise its proximity to all that green space. An elevated west-facing deck provides a scenic vista over the leafy gardens – particularly appealing in summer, when Stonnington Council hosts concerts in the park.
PRAHRAN \ 1 TRINIAN STREET
- AGENT \ Jellis Craig 8866 8600
- PRICE \ $2.5 million – $2.7 million
- AUCTION \ October 21 at 11am
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Wide glass doors connect the deck to the main family area, allowing a flow between the interior and exterior. Inside, the kitchen’s light fittings, drawers and splashback are all in shades of green, evoking the park just outside.
In fact, strategically selected splashes of colour in every room are one of this house’s highlights. The front door is royal blue, and matched by the carpeted staircase visible upon entering.
At the front of the house, a sitting room – which would have been the parlour when the house was built c1870 – has custom-made black shelves on either side of a black fireplace. Their dark shade makes the fireplace even more striking, and their form echoes the diamond-patterned Designers Guild wallpaper and matching curtains.
The formal dining area one room over has cool grey marble cabinetry to match the Georgian fireplace, alongside warmer touches such as the honey-coloured floorboards and copper lampshades.
Upstairs, an enormous bathroom is a luxurious feature, with matching blue vanities that pick up on a similar hue in the original leadlight panels of its door.
A second door leads to the main bedroom, which is decorated in dove grey and olive green and has a balcony overlooking Trinian Street. Black built-in wardrobes take up an entire wall.
There are two more bedrooms, with park views, at the opposite end of the floor. They share a second bathroom, which doubles as a laundry and has red accents.