Nov 19, 2011

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.
Images & agents details.


  1. Marsha @ Splenderosa19/11/11 12:30 PM

    OMG, it looks exactly like my home in Houston !!

  2. Hello Marsha! You like it then? V xo

  3. "Would you like to live here?" Yes please I can pack my bags now lol.
    Thanks for letting us feature you this week on the Decorating Forum. It has been really great:)

  4. I think yes! Those limed oak floors are beautiful and the contemporary part of the home does seem quite sympathetic to the original part. Lovely!

  5. robinsonheather19/11/11 8:53 PM

    As insanely beautiful as it is, it is too big for me to imagine living in! I would get lost in all of that space! It would definitely make a fine little hotel though...

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend, Virginia! Bisous! 

  6. Carla Aston20/11/11 5:24 AM

    This is a gorgeous property.  I love the level of quality throughout.  That timbered paneling is such an innovative way to address those large spaces.  Really spectacular. 

  7. something gorgeous20/11/11 7:03 AM

    Wow! What an amazing home. Its divine, so elegant, retaining so many original features, yet the modern renovations fit so well. Very cleverly done. x

  8. Georgica Pond20/11/11 11:28 AM

    A bit austere and cold for me, I prefer to feel comfy and cosy. Pretty cool design though and amazing facade.

  9. WOW! I love that kitchen! The whole house is simply stunning.

  10. How could I have not foud your glamourous blog before. And Australian too! I am sure this will be a new daily. xx

  11. Virginia, a stunning home. The architecture is amazing. The dining light fixture so unique, the views, the pool!

    Thank you so much for your well wishes> So much care surrounding me has been a huge help.

    Love and Hugs,

    Art by Karena

  12. oh, yum. that marble is wonderful! donna


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