Seafront apartment in historic Port Melbourne
13/9 Beach Street, Port Melbourne
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car spaces
Inspect 11.30am-noon, on Saturday
Auction at 12.30pm, on December 5
Marshall White 9832 1152, Oliver Bruce 0409 856 599
When Port Melbourne was young and not the least bit trendy, the suburb’s sea front was dominated by warehouses and factories that provided smoking landmarks for the ships coming up the bay.
Some of the grandest were the red-brick buildings we now know as Sandridge Bay Towers. Originally sugar mills and later starch factories, the imposing buildings were converted to apartments in the 1980s with, thanks to a heritage overlay, the original look and grandeur retained.
This large apartment is on the middle level of the low-rise building and occupies the south-west corner. Its long western frontage has great views of palm trees and sea, with no feeling of neighbours too close. The southern frontage faces the sea, with views of the pier, water and ships.
It was originally designed as two apartments, but the owner before last joined two together to create a spacious family-size apartment where those easily overlooked areas such as studies and laundries could be given due care and space.
Entry is into the living area, from a freshly painted and well-maintained hallway. The open-plan kitchen, living and dining area is huge, with balconies on each side, a slightly raised dining area and a well-equipped kitchen.
A renovation four or five years ago added integrated Liebherr fridge/freezers, Miele appliances, (plenty of) soft-closing drawers and a smart, subdued colour palette.
Surround sound and smart wiring for blinds and lights was also added in the revamp.
Beyond the sliding door separating the living areas from the bedrooms, a carpeted hallway begins. On the left, there are two matching bedrooms. Each has a wall of wardrobes with black mirrored doors that have a vaguely Japanese feel. Each has a ceiling fan and western view of palm trees. Opposite them is a smart powder room and a bathroom in green and brown tones with a shower over the bath.
At the end of the hallway, the main bedroom opens to the left. It has another of the pretty protruding balconies, with white double doors framing a lovely view of the courtyard and palm trees. It has a wall of built-in wardrobes in the same style as the other bedrooms and a large and lovely en suite with twin vanities, a large bath and a double shower – all in muted brown and green tones.
Back in the hallway, there is a large laundry – larger than many houses have – with a trough and two storage cupboards. Finally there is a large fitted study opposite; it too has plenty of storage. Some might prefer this space incorporated as a walk-in wardrobe for the main bedroom but, if a family was buying, they would undoubtedly be glad of the extra room.
This is a very restful and large apartment in an area that has well and truly discovered apartments but few have history and the sea at their doorstep.
Need to know: Built 1891, converted to apartments in the mid-1980s. Highest-priced apartment in Port Melbourne was $2.85 million, for 162/95 Rouse Street, in June 2014. Recent sales: $785,000 for 26/6 Graham Street, in November; $900,000 for 418/99 Dow Street, in November, and $355,000 for 3/87 Ross Street, in October.
Room for improvement: Everything is in sparkling condition; any “improvements” would only reflect a new buyer’s taste or accommodation needs. Some might prefer to incorporate the study as a walk-in wardrobe or sacrifice one bedroom for more living space.
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