Never mind the median house price; think in metres. Middle Park – at almost $12,000 per square metre — is gaining on neighbouring Albert Park for the crown of Melbourne’s most expensive suburb, according to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.
Houses such as this Victorian, looking so exquisite in Hawthorn brick, are one factor that make this neighbourhood bullet-proof real estate. In a heritage-protected street between Albert Park Lake and the beach, it will make a school-aged family very happy even before they set foot in it.
MIDDLE PARK: 108 HAMBLETON STREET
- AGENT: Greg Hocking Holdsworth 8644 5500
- PRICE: $2.5 million
- AUCTION: February 24 at 1pm
The single-level house presents a smart face to the street, with a tessellated tile path through white roses to a blue front door.
Extended about 10 years ago and recently updated, it has three double bedrooms and a big bathroom/laundry off a central hall. The showstopper, however, is the expansive living, dining and kitchen area, which opens on three sides to the garden. It’s so naturally bright that the owner, when he has daytime visitors, never turns on the lights; he likes to show off the sunshine.
The two front bedrooms are spacious, with fireplaces, Baltic pine floorboards and sash windows with plantation shutters. One room has wardrobes astride its door. Bedroom three, with bookcases and a fireplace, opens off both the hall and the living area and can double as a study.
Clean freaks will adore the bedroom-sized bathroom, which was renovated last year. The Baltic pine floorboards and panelled dadoes uphold Victorian tradition alongside the contemporary glass shower, stone cabinet and free-standing bath.
The living and dining area is cool in white and has a Jetmaster fireplace. However, the pine floor (almost eight metres long) and five pairs of french doors make this a flexible and sturdy space for dance parties. Let your guests spill onto the stone patio and turn cartwheels down the lawn in a night to remember. The kitchen (new in 2016) has a white marble waterfall island and stainless steel appliances.
The garden has auto irrigation and a pedestrian gate to Erskine Street. Don’t be fooled by the enchantingly cute cubby; it’s a shed with power and plumbing, and means business.
“The Hawthorn brick facade is just one of many beautiful features if this property. The location, in a pocket close to Armstrong Street and the beach, is second to none” – Simon Gowling, agent.