Fairytale home in the heart of St Kilda
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a French château with a modern twist, this romantic heritage home in St Kilda would surely fit the bill.
Nestled away like a hidden gem right in the heart of St Kilda, just a short stroll from the sea, this charming five bedroom, two bathroom family home perfectly blends old and new.
Featuring a stop-and-stare façade, this classy abode creates a striking first impression with its ivy-clad exterior, pale green French-style wooden shutters and rather grand entrance.
On the outside, 15 Robe Street looks every inch like a majestic historic home, while inside it’s an ode to fresh, contemporary style and modern family living.
The ground floor dates back to the Victorian period. Come 1910, the then-owners added a second level in the form of a large arts and crafts apartment.
It’s not hard to see why this home inspired an artistic touch. Each room is flooded with natural light, and from original wooden floorboards to grand fireplaces, there are beautiful period features galore.
“We’ve renovated the property a fair bit during the seven years we’ve lived here, keeping a nod to the property’s heritage and arts and crafts influence, while adding a modern edge and making the home work in terms of everyday practicality,” says owner, Sophie.
Inside, high ornate ceilings, floor-to-ceiling sash windows and quintessentially French-style shutters all add to the property’s character and charm, while a sleek, stylish decor keeps things modern and sophisticated in a low-key way.
“I’d describe the property’s interior design as bold, quirky and colourful. While decorating the house, I kept tear sheets from magazines of rooms I loved and added them altogether hoping they’d work,” says Sophie.
Every room feels spacious, warm and welcoming, and neutral or moody-hued walls create the perfect backdrop to an eclectic mix of stylish furniture, colourful treasures and vibrant artworks.
“The proportions of this truly special home – the large block, the lovely private gardens and the prime corner plot – are all exceptional,” says Marshall White real estate agent, Oliver Bruce.
“The location and orientation are amazing too. You’re right near the seafront as well as minutes away from bustling Acland Street, and yet it feels very private and secure.”
A sizeable billiards room complete with a well-equipped home gym, luxurious master suite, and a large study, ensure this home is perfect for work, rest and play.
The property’s two garages can park five vehicles – a big bonus considering the parking restrictions in popular, busy St Kilda.
The garden is resplendent and has a distinct Mediterranean vibe. A long outdoor dining table set under trailing greenery and a sparkling blue-tiled pool set the scene for unforgettable al fresco get togethers.
“We held our son’s christening in the garden, which was incredibly special,” says Sophie. “But if I had to choose just one thing, I’m going to miss the façade the most, I feel like I’m stepping into a fairytale every time I open the front gate.”
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