Rowena Parade

Rowena Parade

A glorious new chapter awaits this sublime family home, tucked away behind a row of Victorian-era terraces, on a parcel of land, which can only be described as Richmond's best kept secret.

Originally part of the Dame Nellie Melba Kindergarten established in 1915, 79A Rowena Parade was later sold to Senator John Button, who built a one bedroom apartment on the property, known colloquially as the `Buttonhole' and created a delightful garden.

In January 2009, the property was again sold and Neill Architecture was engaged to design a new family home. Positioned on a block of some 442sqm, a rarity in inner city Melbourne, the house flows over four levels and incorporates a number of clever design features to ensure privacy and maximise the stunning views.

The house is entered through a bright green door, which speaks volumes about the engaging character of the home. To the left is the library with its wonderful Ross Gardam oak pendants and stunning views out to the private pool and garden. To the right, past a lift masterfully hidden behind timber panelling is the open plan kitchen, living and dining room.

All the living areas are bathed in northern light and look out to the private garden and pool. Two majestic lemon scented gums planted in the grounds of the kindergarten across the lane, provide a wonderful vista. The pool has been adeptly designed with a safety `moat' around it, negating the need for a pool fence and providing uninterrupted views of the cool water. Under the lawn, two water tanks hold 10,000 litres used to supply the toilets and laundry and maintain the pool and garden.

The kitchen features a solid Spotted Gum island bench, complemented by bluestone benches behind. Above the kitchen, a discrete sky window, runs the length of this space and into the concealed laundry, brining much needed light to the southern part of the house.

In the sitting area, three magnificent canvases (untitled) by New York based artist Kathryn Frey inject colour and drama into the room. Just around the corner, is the study and stairs down to the garage, 1500 bottle temperature controlled wine cellar, gym and home cinema with a 2.5 metre screen.

Above the living area of the house, is the master bedroom suite overlooking the city and two further bedrooms, both with ensuites. In the hallway, there is also a discrete staircase which leads up to fourth level and a large concealed deck, with panoramic views of Melbourne. On this level, the lift is hidden below in the deck floor, so as not to detract from the uninterrupted views of Melbourne and opens, "Willy Wonka" style onto the roof deck.