Mar 8, 2012

Living in an 1890s villa in Toorak...

 Let's walk through the picket gate
and follow the little brick path,
to explore a very handsome house 
which is on the market in the leafy suburb of Toorak.
Built in the 1890s,
but not needing one of our "rescue me please" packages (!)
this home has already been adapted for use in the current century.
Isn't the leadlight patterning in the skylight glorious?
These types of late Victorian villas 
often had those most fabulous sash windows -
the kind that are more of a door - 
because you can step right through them when open.
I always like to think they were made for secret 
moonlit trysts.
All good kitchens should have a view of tree ferns. 
Why ever not?
And being a Victorian villa, 
a cellar would have been obligatory to keep the 
milk & cream dairy-fresh cool. 
A rather nice use of it now, though, as a wine cellar room.
Some arches are round/ some are square.
I like that. 
Some houses seem like feminine ones,
some more masculine. 
This villa, I think, is definitely a "he".
It's handsome, rather than pretty. 
Extremely handsome. 

Would you like to live here?

Property location: 4 Burnie St Toorak, Melbourne
Images & agents details.


  1. In a heartbeat, especially with a pool in the backyard, but those glistening hardwood floors scare me: How long could I keep them looking that nice, with a dog, a cat and young boys hanging out on a daily basis? Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

    1. No high polish urethane for you then Veronique! A waxed or oiled finish, in a sofer satin finish, is still very beautiful, and more practical for 'real life'.

  2. Oh its such a lovely home...
    I love both the outdoors and interiors of this villa.
    And ceilings look amazing.

  3. Oh yes please I would live here in a heartbeat.

  4. Handsome indeed! A villa in Toorak - yes please. Not exactly in my price range unfortunately. But I dream of having a wine cellar....

    Would love to see your black and white kitchen by the way... Not sure if you've featured it here, I'll have a browse though...

    Anastasia at decor is like butter

  5. I live in the before one! I wish I didn't any more!
    It is beautiful and I can see what mine could look like with a new younger family!!!!

  6. Handsome indeed! Absolutely stunning! Love those floors and I wouldn't care if they get beat up a bit, it is all part of a home's history. :)

  7. Hello Virginia:
    As you may well imagine we love it. And, with Victorian furniture to match, we could move in right away. However, following the advice of our friend, Paula, we should have to 'knock it all back a bit' to give it that particularly English shabby chic look!

  8. The kitchen windows are amazing!
    I would burn everything if I had to cook in there!
    Wish you a happy Woman's day, Virginia!

  9. I have those same tiles in my hall, I really want to rip them out but can't, I hate how they dictate my colour scheme.

  10. What a magnificent home. Very respectful of it's age, it is still very modern. perfect.
    x kl

  11. two pianos - really!?!!!!!! :)
    lovely house.
    cheryl xox.


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