Enduring period beauty meets impressive modern proportions in this Prahran house

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Live your best parklife in a double-fronted period home a mere 100 metres from Victoria Gardens. Thanks to its grand trees, sprawling lawns and water features, the gated park is one of Stonnington’s finest. Opened in 1885, today it hosts events such as Opera in the Park and Sunset Sounds every summer.

PRAHRAN \ 40 MURRAY STREET

  • AGENT \ Jellis Craig South Yarra, 8866 8600
  • PRICE \ $3.25 million
  • PRIVATE SALE

Much like these neighbouring gardens, 40 Murray Street has retained a great deal of its Victorian-era charm. It was the second property built on the estate, but its rooms provide the sort of space that feels indulgent to long-time inner-city dwellers.

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Black lacework offsets the house’s pale grey facade and matches the wrought iron fence. Black and white diamond tiles pave both the verandah and a path that leads to the front door.

A long hallway forms the spine of the house, with a stately archway in the middle. Polished floorboards add warmth to a soft cream-and-white colour scheme. Four double bedrooms sit in the original front half of the house – there’ll be no arguing over who gets the biggest, though one has an en suite. Each has a carved marble fireplace and tall ceilings with detailed architraves. Built-in wardrobes provide ample storage.

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The rear has been renovated for an open-plan layout. Soaked in natural light by floor-to-ceiling windows, it includes a wide kitchen, a meals area in a curved pocket that overlooks the garden, and a lounge/family area where cleverly designed cupboards have been installed either side of a fireplace, providing extra storage and a perfect way to hide the flatscreen.

The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and a pass-through window that will make it easy to hand plates across to diners.

An expansive timber deck wraps around the back of the house and there’s a secluded suntrap of a garden with a lush lawn framed by trees.

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As lovely as this property is, there’s plenty on its doorstep to keep you out of it, too. Hawksburn Village and the Prahran Aquatics Centre are a few blocks north. High Street’s cafes, restaurants and trams are a five-minute walk away; ditto Chapel Street’s bars and boutiques.

Final word

“With a beautiful Victorian facade, classic interiors and positioned in one of Prahran’s best streets – this house really does present a fabulous opportunity.” Carla Fetter – agent

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