• November 1, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Turning the key for the first time and entering into the unknown always elicits the same feeling when you are about to unwrap a gift.  There’s a sense of anticipation. Will the period exterior reveal a modern soul? What is the owners emotional connection with the home like? As we are in peak season there are just way too many homes to mention, however here’s a few personal perspectives.

18 Osborne Street, Williamstown.
When you idolise a dream home in your head what thoughts pop into mind? The vision comes graciously into real life by an exquisite iron laced verandah. At 107-years-old, this Victorian has travelled through time with enduring love by the owner. Living here since 1962, she vividly recounts the most adored room of her home. “The front living room is no doubt my favourite area as this was once my bedroom when growing up. It’s an excellent spot for reading and a bit of solitude,” she said. Just remember to exhale when stepping inside as the past echoes by breathtaking ceiling heights. The idea of adding a contemporary edge also creatively is played in the mind.

11 Howard Street, Maidstone.
With vibrant pink roses framing the front of this period beauty dubbed “Essex”, a sense of anticipation is met by charismatic spaces. According to the vendor, this three bedroom home many years ago won an award for the garden! Today, this residence fullfills your yearning for the nostalgic warmth of a bygone era. Gleaming baltic pine floorboards spread underfoot and from first impressions to final conclusion, it’s all about the atmosphere.

74 The Strand, Newport
When you are told before the viewing that you are about to step into one of Williamstown and Newport’s largest land offerings, the feeling of excitement naturally hits. According to folklore, Granton was once known as The Captain’s house having been built for Robert West, ship’s master and boat maker.” (Hobsons Bay City Council Heritage Study.) Constructed in 1886, the entrance foyer does not disappoint as the incredible detail of soaring ceilings, leadlight windows and grand arches create a vision. With yachts moored opposite, The Strand Waterfront with its nautical ambience is no doubt the best position in Melbourne. If for some strange reason you do get bored of the views, step into the garden shaded by the gentle embrace of 120-year-old Peppercorn trees. The chance to extend or subdivide and build multiple properties is also another highlight. As you can see words tend to go on when describing this property.

57 Verdon Street, Williamstown
Boasting street appeal, this Victorian sets the scene for family pleasure. Travelling through time with evident success, this renovated period beauty is in a privileged position. Centrally located in a tree-lined premier position just moments from Douglas Parade, Ferguson Street, schools, transport and Williamstown Beach ensures a fabulous lifestyle. Traditional allure and contemporary updates unite!

6 Gladstone Street, Yarraville.
Excuse the extremely lame pun but you will be beyond glad to enter into 6 Gladstone Street, Yarraville. This classic adopts a modern twist and let’s get straight into entertaining business. Towards the rear, the contemporary flair of today is reflected by a sun-streamed open plan living area which has access to a tropical oasis. The effect, inside and out is staged elegantly over two levels. Tucked quietly away, this retreat is set just moments from thriving cafes, shops, Yarraville Train Station and The Sun Theatre.

8/51 Verdon Street, Williamstown
Hidden away in total peace, this secret ignites excitement.  Striking messmate timber floors creates an immediate impression while numerous  living zones are immersed in light. Step outside to a north facing outdoor retreat. With the trickling sound of water and fish swimming by, this home reaches the pinnacle of relaxation with ease. Those seeking a calming master bedroom will fall in love with it. (I won’t give anything else away though otherwise it’s not a secret.)

2/16 Mitchell Avenue, Altona North
Possess a strong desire to own a sleek new sanctuary? The dream is brought to life with an air of contemporary chic. Clean modern lines enhances the identity of this townhouse which is nestled in a quiet pocket just moments from The Circle shopping district, Newport Lakes, Newport Station, Bayfit Leisure and schools. You can tell from this home’s overall concept that it has been finished to a high standard.

7 Paine Street, Newport
The simple question, “What is the most loved part of your home?” more often than not receives a hesitant pause. The vendor typically runs through their head a collection of thoughts, memories and perhaps even a series of features before being able to answer. However at 7 Paine Street in Newport, this query ignites a prompt response from the vendor who clearly is standing right in the heart and core of her favourite element. “It’s definitely our beautiful living area right where I’m standing,” she said. A sophisticated modern design is on show in this Edwardian named “Carrdhu.”

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