To admire the Paris end of Collins Street, one could trek downtown, catch plane-tree hayfever and risk getting run over by a tram. Or one could stroll into central Brighton, whose own Collins Street has an effortless je ne sais quoi.
The allure is partly due to French-flavoured houses such as this townhouse, designed by Nicholas Day with a flair that would make Baron Haussmann, designer of modern Paris, wish he’d had the Melbourne architect on hand in the 1850s.
BRIGHTON \ 2A COLLINS STREET
- AGENT \ Buxton 9592 8000
- PRICE \ $3.9 million – $4.29 million
- AUCTION \ August 12 at 2.30pm
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Substantial, yet bright and breezy with a poolside terrace, this place might have been just what the health-conscious baron would have ordered. Built in 2012, it offers 69 squares of luxurious accommodation on three levels, including formal and casual living areas, a cinema and a four-car basement garage. Travertine bathrooms and American oak flooring underline its sturdy glamour.
What else makes la petite Collins Street so Frenchy, so chic? It’s easy to be a boulevardier here – Bay and Church streets’ boutiques and cafes are within a few minutes’ walk.
The house opens in elegant style, with a side path through a garden designed by Justine Carlile.
Inside, turn right through double doors to the dining room, smart in full-length windows, bookcases and a chandelier. One door along, the living room has french doors to the side courtyard. Sliding doors lead to the kitchen, breathtaking in glossy white cabinetry with a Calacatta marble waterfall island and Miele appliances.
The open-plan meals and family area is a beautiful room for all seasons; it has a gas log fireplace and two pairs of french doors to the garden. Step out to the bluestone terrace and its barbecue kitchen, beyond which is the fully-tiled, self-cleaning pool with six waterfall jets.
The first floor, snugly carpeted in beige, has four double bedrooms, the main bathroom and a study on the landing. The main suite has a walk-in wardrobe leading to a travertine en suite with twin basins, a shower and a freestanding tub.
The basement has a rumpus room and a fully-equipped cinema with gold class chairs.
The house has three powder rooms, a laundry, zoned Daikin heating and cooling and security.
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