Warehouse conversion creates private sanctuary in Windsor


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2A Frederick St, Windsor is a stylish home inside.

A funky 1920s warehouse conversion in Windsor has just hit the market.

The unexpected sanctuary at 2A Frederick St was converted from a hat factory-turned-photographic studio into a home more than 10 years ago by Made by Cohen architect Susie Cohen.

Ms Cohen and husband David Cohen, whose family founded the Matchbox homeware brand, then sold the property to the vendors in 2009 for $1.35 million, according to CoreLogic.

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The warehouse was converted into a home more than 10 years ago.

‘Windsor Warehouse’ was her first project when she launched her own firm and it was short-listed in the 2009 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Kay & Burton South Yarra agent Darren Lewenberg said warehouse conversions were quite rare in Windsor.

“The street presence of that property is unbelievably striking and inside there are 6m-high ceilings, an amazing amount of storage and terrific separation between the levels,” Mr Lewenberg said.

The main bedroom is on a mezzanine level.

The modern home has the main bathroom on the ground floor.

“The vendors are only selling as they need more space for their kids.”

The almost decade-old warehouse now has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study.

Original 6m-high trussed ceilings enhance the open-plan living area that connects with a private northeast courtyard, oozing inner-city sophistication.

The indoor and outdoor living areas flow seamlessly together.

The kitchen has a long island bench, integrated fridge, high-end appliances and direct access to the barbecue area, creating a seamless entertaining zone.

The main bedroom is on a mezzanine level and has a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite.

Mr Lewenberg said due to the interior design natural light was able to flood into the home.

“It’s pretty funky yet functional, you could have three bedrooms or two bedrooms and a study and work from home if you wanted,” he said.

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The private sanctuary is going to auction on June 22 at 11am. Price hopes are $1.8-$1.98 million.

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