19 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC 3053
BY PRIVATE APPOINTMENT ONLY
A Spectacular Inner-City Family Oasis Beyond Compare
Set on a substantial high-side allotment (approx 346sqm) in one of Carlton's premier streetscapes, this balconied terrace amalgamates the allure of its Victorian grandeur with an extraordinary extension by award-winning Robert Simeoni to deliver an aspirational lifestyle of elegance, opulence and floorplan flexibility. As functional as it is beautiful, the home's expansive interior showcases four genuinely large bedrooms and dedicated study with integrated workstation, together with a stylish ensuite, two additional bathrooms and guest powder room. Further emphasizing its design versatility is an elegant front lounge and light-filled living room to the rear, as well as an enormous rumpus/pool room and open-plan family/dining area complemented by a tastefully-appointed kitchen with stone benchtops and breakfast bar, Smeg/Miele appliances and butler's pantry. Other fine features of this remarkable residence include hydronic heating throughout, towering ceilings and solid timber floors, ducted vacuum, alarm system, double-glazed windows, solar power, concealed laundry facilities and under-stair storeroom. Step outside to discover an alfresco deck with Louvretec opening roof and stairs up to the rooftop terrace with breathtaking city views, plus a wonderfully private rear courtyard with water feature, large storeroom and double garage (remote-control) to Trades Hall Place behind. Rounding out this amazing inner-city lifestyle package is a purpose-built studio/home office (or fifth bedroom) above the garage complete with its own kitchenette, ensuite bathroom and private entrance (also to Trades Hall Place). Mixed Use Zoning highlighting its professional/commercial options, it's enviably positioned on the very edge of Melbourne's CBD walking distance to Swanston Street trams and Melbourne Central Station, the shopping meccas of QV, Emporium and Queen Victoria Market, as well as an endless array of eateries, local schools (zoned to University HS and Carlton Gardens PS) and hospital/university precincts. Nelson Alexander Pty Ltd.
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We met celebrated architect Robert Simeoni before the purchase of 19 Drummond Street in 2007. Robert advised us of what we might do with the property and, after acquiring it, we engaged him to bring this vision to life. So began a rigorous two-year design period, followed by two years of construction.
The brief was simple: extend the existing terrace house, giving as much light and as many walls for hanging art as possible. The old part of the house, dating from around 1870, must be considered and not ignored. It and the vibrant fresh addition should embrace each other and allow a seamless transition from the old to the new, and back again. The house should be both functional and beautiful, reminiscent of classic Italian architecture.
We wanted a work of art; Robert delivered exactly that.
The home, particularly the extension, has no actual views, except for the knock-out roof terrace. Robert’s sleight of hand makes the house look at itself, constantly offering lines of sight which pierce the structure from front to back. These tantalize the eye and give the illusion of space and depth, and further relate old and new. Interior light wells and courtyard gardens bring the life of plants into the house, and full height glass windows invite in the sky as a miraculous backdrop to daily life.
It is a joy and a privilege to inhabit such a space.
Sarah Louise Ricketts, 2021