Hilda Crescent, Hawthorn

Hilda Crescent, Hawthorn

Hawthorn's famed Grace Park estate, characterised by distinctive parallel crescents and period villas in garden settings, is home to 15 Hilda Crescent, one of Hawthorn's most enchanting homes.

Designed by renowned Melbourne architect Christopher Cowper and built for George Bingemann in 1907, the home remained in the Bingemann family for 94 years before being purchased in a dilapidated state by the current owners in 2001.

A delightful example of the Federation style with its red brickwork, large gable and bay windows, the current owners have restored and revived the house, carefully preserving its period features and at the same time transforming the home into the modern example of family living it is today.

The house is entered via a gorgeous 'portico' which leads into the entrance hall, featuring an original 105 year old light fitting. From here, the entrance hall gives way to the sitting room on the right and parents retreat on the left.

The sitting room, with its magnificent bay window, beautifully framed with custom made drapes in Prestigious Textiles 'Gardenia' Antique fabric, affords a wonderful view across to the Grace Park gardens. This room also features an original light fitting and an inherited Campagna Concordia piano. The owners have spent many years living and travelling overseas and throughout the house are many of their momentos, including the sitting room chair which was found discarded on a street in New York and has been restored and recovered in Martyn Lawrence Bullard "Kabba Kabba" fabric and the mirror, which was also found in New York.

Immediately across the hall, leads to the parents retreat. The walls in this room have been papered in the stunning Lorca - Louisiane 'Coquine' wallpaper, giving the room an elegant yet modern edge. This room is also home to a beautiful ink on paper artwork, 'Invisible Cities' by Lisa Jones.

From here, the hall leads down towards the rear of the house, past the master bedroom, the children's rooms and a family bathroom, to the light and airy open plan kitchen, living and dining area, overlooking the sparkling pool and rear garden.

This is where the house takes on its distinctly modern edge. The kitchen is an entertainers dream - with its easy-access pantry, expansive polished concrete benchtops and glass splashbacks with Osborne & Little 'Trifid' wallpaper behind. A 168 bottle 'Euro Grand', temperature controlled wine fridge marks the separation of the kitchen from the indoor and outdoor dining areas which overlook the pool. Here, we once again see evidence of the family's travels. The 'Bull Painting' is by Jennifer Moreman and was purchased in America, the hurricane lamp was found in Bali and the kilim rug was bought in Turkey.

Across from the dining area is the living area, with its large, north facing glass doors which open out to the rear garden. This room features leather couches, a striking yellow pouf and a vintage chair which was a gift from a friend and has been recovered in Thibaut 'Rinca' fabric. The vintage posters are by Celestino Piatti and the vintage Suzani, was bought at a market in Turkey.