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\ 48 MOUBRAY STREET, ALBERT PARK, 3206
lbert Park, settled in the second half of the 19th century, was out of favour from the Great War to the ’50s. Its wall-to-wall, compact single- and double-storeyed housing stock couldn’t compete with the larger sites in the outer (e.g. Malvern) suburbs that our expanding tram and train systems were making accessible. Neglect, when taken carefully, can be a great remedy for preserving buildings. When Albert Park’s time came around again, it, along, with our other inner suburbs, was ready to begin a new life and provide a new life for a new generation. Postwar migrants could hardly believe their chequebooks on finding cheap, solid houses near the city. Sure, they could not accommodate a Holden, but who had one? They didn’t have a real backyard but tomatoes and grapevines didn’t take up much space. The tight inner-suburban house was suddenly re-appreciated. In later years, fund managers and successful silks moved into “working-class” Albert Park. Manchurian pears replaced tomatoes; fish kettles replaced griddles. Inner suburbs such as Albert Park were once again the place to live, if you wanted to live on the ground, in the new inner Melbourne. At 48 Mowbray Street, Albert Park, is a two-storey terrace dating from about the 1870s. It stands in a row of remarkably intact terraces. Their cast-iron lace and tuck-pointing have survived. A few roofs had their slates replaced with galvanised iron, which fits, or tiles, which don’t. But the mood of the block is Victoria 1880. There is, however, one exception. No. 48 takes pride of place in the middle of the cluster, an ornate villa standing proud among its bigger betters. The house was done up a few years ago at the skilled hand of architect Brad Hooper. Much of its trim has been retained and incorporated in an enlarged house that provides family accommodation of a contemporary standard.
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The ground floor has been extended to the side boundaries of the block. The middle rooms (dining room, cloakroom and kitchen) receive light and air from a small garden court. The original stairs have been retained but built-in to provide a separate laundry and storage space. The living area, with its modern kitchen set into the inner corner, stretches to a glazed western end and out to a Jack Merlo-designed courtyard. Being single-storeyed, the room has remote-controlled skylights. They can limit summer sun or increase winter insulation: all done from your Jason recliner. The island bench is topped with a slab of good old red gum, a welcome change from imported marble or granite. Smith Street is the western boundary of the property. Today a parade of garage doors, this peaceful, well-landscaped street will one day be discovered and redeveloped. The staircase returns on itself to give higher ceilings to the two front rooms on the ground floor. It serves two double bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes and original open fireplaces. The main has the added advantage of a private balcony – the ideal spot for a sleepy Sunday breakfast. A large family bathroom (with spa) and a third bedroom open off the rear passage. This air-conditioned, audio-wired house combines the charm of the traditional Victorian terrace with open planning, outdoor living and the high level of physical comfort demanded today. Albert Park is well serviced by public transport, with trams trundling along several major arteries. A well-regarded primary school is across the road, but the great attraction of the suburb is surely nearby Bridport Street. With its incomparable collection of bistros, bookshops and boutiques, it holds the title of one of Melbourne’s prime suburban villages. \ NEIL CLEREHAN email@example.com
Greg Hocking Holdsworth \ 8644 5500
Price \ $1.8 million +
Auction \ December 15 at 2.30pm
Fast facts \ 1870s two-storey Victorian terrace with a renovation and extension designed by architect Brad Hooper; open-plan contemporary kitchen, meals and living area with french doors leading out to a Jack Merlo-designed courtyard; stainless-steel appliances beneath stone benchtops in the kitchen with a red-gum island bench in the centre; formal dining room and sitting room provides the option of a fourth bedroom; three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes upstairs including the main with a private balcony; audio-wired; reverse-cycle air-conditioning; rear entry from Smith Street; close to Bridport Street and city-bound trams. Suburb \ 3kms from the city
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