Fashionista Vanessa Williams lists ‘eccentric’ South Yarra pad
Fashion design director Vanessa Williams is selling her vibrant South Yarra home of three decades.
Ms Williams, née Kortlang, said she was parting ways with 16 Phoenix St to create a new home with her husband, Steve Williamsof ‘80s pop group Wa Wa Nee.
She said the guitarist — who formed the band with late singer Paul Gray, producing hits Stimulation and Sugar Free — moved into her Victorian cottage after they married two and a half years ago.
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“It was my first home,” Ms Williams said of the property.
“I’ve always been a single woman who’s done my own thing. Then out of the blue, I got married.
“He came on board with at least 15 guitars and a couple of dogs, and we realised we needed to find a new home.”
Hocking Stuart South Yarra is set to auction the two-bedroom house — which has appeared in magazines in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and New Zealand — on April 6 with a $1.1-$1.2 million price guide.
Ms Williams said she’d be happy to negotiate selling the colourful furniture with it.
She said she sympathetically renovated the cottage after purchasing it in the ‘80s, restoring period cornices, ceiling roses, open fireplaces and the front veranda.
She later updated the kitchen and bathroom “quite plainly so they stood the test of time”, and created an open-plan living and dining area.
The fashionista with a “passion” for interior design also added serious flair to the pad, courtesy of a “Tiffany blue” front door, bold wallpaper, and dazzling mid-century light fittings, including a Vistosi Murano chandelier and prism wall sconces.
“I love colour. I love having an environment that’s a joy to be in,” she said.
Hocking Stuart South Yarra agent Joe Eason said the property’s leafy alfresco deck and handy position near the Prahran Market, Chapel St and Toorak Rd, Fawkner Park and South Yarra train station were also selling points.
“It’s an eccentric, out-there, vibrant home,” Mr Eason said.
“It’s very different to anything else on the market, and that’s why it’s catching everyone’s eye.”
The Williamses have bought a home by leading modernist architect and National Gallery of Victoria designer Sir Roy Grounds in a nearby suburb.
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