100 Barkly Street,
Authentic Carlton character, renovated with distinctionThis imposing residence, distinguished by an elaborate Victorian baroque façade, is one of Carlton's oldest residences. Originally a simple 1850s cottage owned by Patrick Costello (ancestor of Peter and Tim Costello), it was significantly rebuilt in the 1890s. Subsequent owners include the publisher Di Gribble, whose friend the celebrated author Helen Garner wrote The First Stone in the studio at the rear. Meticulously renovated by its current owners to combine Victorian elegance with light-filled modern style, the house - with a substantial 2-level studio with its own entrance from Little Barkly Street - is ideally suited to both family and work-from-home living.
Opening from an arched hallway are elegant formal sitting and dining rooms, both with deep cornices, OFPs, and ornate overmantels; a seamless transition to the rear introduces a light-filled informal living and dining room with rich tallowwood floors, open to a stylish kitchen equipped with Portofino benchtops and NEFF/Miele appliances. A handsome staircase crowned by a lantern ceiling ascends to three double bedrooms, a fitted study, stylish bathroom/laundry and powder room. Opening north from the study, a magnificent roof garden entertainer's terrace offering dress-circle views of CBD fireworks displays; to the other side a lined loft supplements the home's generous storage space. A sunny courtyard garden paved in Brazilian quartz separates the house from its former servants' quarters, now a versatile space incorporating a studio, fourth bedroom, second bathroom and cellar. In a quiet street of heritage homes within easy walking distance to the CBD, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne University and Lygon Street, this exceptional residence features remarkable period detail, heating, air conditioning and quality appointments. Nelson Alexander Pty Ltd