Limestone, Oak & Marble: elegant mansion on the market


Warm coffee with lashings of whipped cream.
No, I'm not talking about a drink.
I'm referring to this elegant colonnaded Italinate mansion,
renovated with a warm palette of coffee beans, cream & lattes,
with limed oak floors, carrara marble & limestone.


Clendore was built at St Kilda during the Boom Time of the 1880s.
It was an era characterised by 
ornate buildings, lavish with detail, 
as Melbourne doubled in size in less than a decade
~ and wealth from gold was on display.



Clendore has no less than 17 rooms,
one of which is this library on the ground floor. 
Any home which has a library instantly gets my attention.
And one with its own fireplace sounds even better.
A birch walk in the garden, creating a sense of romance & delicacy.
The home has been renovated with beautiful materials & simple 
repeated elements, like the vertical timber panelling, 
used internally & externally for cohesion. 
Here is that vertical timber panelling again. Stunning.
A rooftop garden, to catch the bay breezes.
{The bay is a few metres away.}
The view of Melbourne from the rooftop,
over the verdancy of Albert Park.
Original mouldings have been retained,
but the limed oak flooring softens the formality. 
With endless rooms & 3 levels, 
there should be just enough room for the family.
Or to use it as a boutique hotel.
A very warm palette of beautiful materials,
quietly understated.

Would you like to live here?

Property location: 18-20 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Melbourne.
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