You could enjoy your very own Jane Austen fantasy in this tasteful terrace in East Melbourne. It was built in 1868 but looks just like the kind of Georgian beauty in which Persuasion’s Anne Elliott might have palely languished, mourning her broken engagement.
“Oh, Captain Wentworth!” Would she ever see his riding boots again striding the pavement above her flowery bower, unable – unwilling – to see that she loved longest, even when all hope was gone?
These days the lovers would be probably be Dr Elliott and Dr Wentworth, in this neighbourhood beloved by medicos and handy for the major hospitals.
The two-storey house is one of a sturdy, rendered-brick pair named Cephas (meaning “rock” in Aramaic). With an iron-railed staircase leading down to a sunken entry, it resembles some of the grand terraces of 18th century London and Bath.
East Melbourne \ 40 George Street
Agent \ Jellis Craig 9328 8388
Price \ $2.5 million
Auction \ December 2 at 11am
A living room, two dining areas, an interior and outdoor kitchen, and two first-floor bedrooms make this a home of distinction for a couple or small family.
In-bloom white roses soften the steep descent from the street, which ends in a fragrant, white-paved courtyard.
The gated entry leads straight into the living room, which is cool and elegant in white, with a metal and glass chandelier and striped curtains above French doors to the courtyard. The brick open fireplace is original.
Step through to the timber-floored dining room and get lost in Austen, or perhaps Wedgwood; the crockery alcove is Jasper-ware blue.
The kitchen and meals area are next to each other. The calacatta marble kitchen has St George and Euroart appliances. Mullioned glass doors lead to the north-facing pergola and a luxurious garden filled with roses and lilies. It’s a beautiful spot for indoor-outdoor lounging. The barbecue kitchen has power, a Gasmate grill, a sink and room for a fridge.
In the house’s extended rear are a combined study and powder room.
The first floor has two double bedrooms with wardrobes. The larger opens north to a balcony and has a subway-tiled en suite with a shower above the bath. The front bedroom has an en suite with a shower.
The property has cooling and hydronic heating.