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St. Stephen’s School Hall c.1858
So much more than its premium three-bedroom accommodation, the remarkable residential conversion of St Stephen’s School Hall delivers an inner-city lifestyle experience like no other. Perched high on the hill with commanding views to the CBD skyline, its magnificent spaces provide a unique opportunity to not only enjoy elite contemporary comfort but share the rich legacy of a building that has, quite literally, witnessed Melbourne’s growth from colonial outpost to most liveable city in the world.
Constructed in 1858 amongst the bark huts and canvas cottages that would soon be replaced by some of Richmond’s grandest homes, the solid bluestone Gothic Revival hall served as the base for local schooling until the introduction of the State Education System in 1874. Sensitively restored then carefully converted to three-bedroom residence by esteemed architect George Hatzisavas, the original bluestone exterior now hides a unique environment that merges a rich heritage past with stylish modern convenience.
Overlooking a leafy pocket park at the quiet cul-de-sac end of Richmond Terrace, the soaring bluestone façade precedes a superb marble tiled foyer and ground floor spaces that include two large bedrooms, a dressing room with extensive built in robes/storage, generous contemporary bathroom and fully equipped laundry. A third bedroom at semi basement level doubles as an ideal library/study with WIR/storage. Above, the breathtaking size and scale of the building become immediately obvious with vast open plan living/dining spaces crowned by a spectacular trio of lancet windows and voluminous cathedral ceiling still supported by its original king post trusses. Living and entertaining here is an unforgettable affair with a smart granite topped kitchen offering European appliances and extensive storage, a handsome marble open fireplace adding period ambience and the sweeping City views that have excited occupants for over 160 years.
A long list of other highlights includes a ground floor powder room, Jarrah timber floors and staircase, sub floor and custom radiant heating, powerful Gothic Revival character and medieval inspired timber detailing, abundant natural light and leafy outlooks, permit parking.
Experience the convenience of every Cityside attraction at your doorstep. Swan Street restaurants and bars, Bridge Road shopping, the MCG and Sports precinct, trams and trains to any destination, even the tranquility of the Yarra River is just a short stroll away. Explore the City, its boutique laneways and awarded eateries, its internationally recognised Arts offerings and galleries. Easily access smart South Yarra, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Monash Freeway to the Peninsula.
Loved, cared for and warmly enjoyed for more than 24 years by its current owners, this is a once in a generation opportunity to add your name to a piece of the City’s history.