Sold 27/03/2021 Undisclosed
George Street Post Office 1920
First time offered as a house in over 100 years and discretely hidden behind its 20m frontage. This brilliantly transformed George Street Post Office is without question, one of the inner city’s most significant and spectacular luxury homes. Set on a landmark parcel of some 723sqm (approx), its substantial four-bedroom three-bathroom proportions provide over 687 sqm (approx) internally of magnificent contemporary living and entertaining unfolding to a totally private botanic oasis and exquisite conservatory. Whilst the stunning Charles Salter design indeed provides elite comfort and extraordinary space, it’s the abundant natural light, the verdant leafy outlooks and the sense of warmth and character throughout that makes this freestanding residence a truly unique family home in one of Melbourne’s most privileged positions.
Retaining the Post Office’s distinctive 1920’s façade, its voluminous original spaces have been carefully converted to a series of unforgettable entertaining areas with a majestic early OFP as the focal point. An adjoining study and library have been astutely forged from the Post Office’s original second street entry and private post box collection area. Throughout, soaring ceilings, rich hardwood floors and tall windows, now framed by hand crafted timber shutters, leave a lasting first impression.
Beyond, spectacular open plan contemporary areas and an adjoining sitting room are served by a large commercial grade kitchen with VIKING Range, handcrafted timber island and fully appointed butler’s pantry before expanding out to a deep vine-clad terrace poised above the lush landscaped courtyard. An inspired entertainment room featuring built in seating and full bar takes advantage of the block’s extraordinary width accompanying three king-sized bedrooms with excellent robes and desks, and two classic contemporary bathrooms. A whole floor parents’ retreat showcases the skill of the architect with two WIRs, each offering extensive BIRs/dressing, a palatial skylit bathroom and a beautifully elegant bedroom whose northern wall of glazing retracts to the sound of birdsong and whispering treetops against a broad blue sky.
Designed specifically for both lavish family living and easy grand scale entertaining, every inch of the home’s rear unfolds to the breathtaking northern courtyard. Stretching from boundary to boundary, tall ornamental trees and lushly landscaped underplants surround this totally private inner-city oasis concluding with its stunning copper roofed conservatory. Currently used as an artist’s studio, which can be retained in it's current configuration or offered as additional living, ideal guest, nanny or professional consulting accommodation with powder room, the conservatory retains its 10m pool in situ beneath an overlaid floor.
A long list of inclusions features hydronic heating and ducted air conditioning, stone bathrooms, three powder rooms, fully equipped laundry, a 1200 bottle cellar with tasting/ additional storage, outdoor BBQ kitchen, custom designed iron doors and railings, auto garden irrigation, intercom/CCTV security, remote gates to basement double garage with dumb waiter.
Only moments walk from the MCG, Fitzroy Gardens, the Yarra River, trams, trains, Universities, hospitals and the very best of the CBD's inner-city dining and entertainment.