Hawthorn has long held a firm footing when it comes to the melting pot that makes up Melbourne’s inner city cultural identity. Stately homes, leafy streets and historic private schools lend the suburb an old-school elegance, while the bustling dining scene and abundance of new local openings ensure the past and the future meld together with ease.
Our latest Open House showcases that same balance, highlighting restrained contemporary living without overwhelming the local landscape. Amongst its heritage neighbours, this five-bedroom home designed by Steve Domoney is architecturally striking, but its luxury comes from sophisticated style rather than obvious design choices.
AGENT Jellis Craig
The home’s bold exterior has been softened with the use of natural materials together with a neutral grey colour palette that is also reflected through the garden and courtyard design. The simple yet striking design emphasises space and refined materials, with the interior spaces taking on a gallery-inspired aesthetic; minimal yet highly elegant, with plenty of natural light for the day and subtle overhead lighting for night.
The layout offers ample room to move across the five bedrooms, three bathrooms and multiple communal spaces varying from the formal dining space to a relaxed ‘teen zone’ (that’s the most chic adolescent space we’ve seen lately!) Bringing the family together is encouraged with the large open plan kitchen and dining area, featuring a large galley kitchen layout with Miele appliances and Italian stone bench tops. For an inner-city home the outdoor living spaces are surprisingly extensive, with a generous entertaining and pool area on the ground floor and a rooftop terrace that boasts panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline.
The central open-plan living area perfectly capture’s the home relaxed elegance, using polished concrete, timber and stone to create a calming neutral backdrop for any interior aesthetic.
Clean lines and a light geometric style characterise the home’s exterior and interior design, seen from the square shape of the home’s facade to smaller interior details like cabinetry and wall panelling.
With some of Melbourne’s best private schools, restaurants and nightlife on the doorstep, Hawthorn is one of those rare locales that has something for families of any age and size. Hip cafes like Bawa and Hawthorn Common draw crowds locally and further afield for the coffee, delicious food and stylish fit out, while modern Vietnamese restaurant St. Cloud captured the dining zeitgeist upon its debut in late 2015. The dining and shopping atmosphere in key pockets like Glenferrie Road and Auburn Road is only increasing in scope and style, moving far beyond the college grunge that once characterised the area.
For an enviable lifestyle at home and in its surrounds, this View Street home ticks all the boxes. With a postcode that’s sure to continue to reign as one of the city’s best-loved and reliable locations and a design set to satisfy any modern family, this is contemporary Melbourne living at its best.