3/394 Barkly Street,
Some things are timeless, and this art deco building — which is about to celebrate its 100th birthday — proves that good property really does get better with age.
The combination of the high, decorative ceilings with the Baltic pine polished floors makes this apartment more of a unique period home set above the ground. The timber mantles, classic fretwork, and hardwood floors ooze effortless charm, while the deliberate design decisions amount to a clever floorplan for effortless living.
The main bedroom boasts a picturesque setting out to Barkly Street, with a built-in robe, working fireplace, and double-glazed windows to keep external noise to a minimum. The north-facing study harnesses the best of the enviable views and could double as a room for simply boosting your vitamin D.
The living and dining area includes a warming gas fireplace for Melbourne's winters, but for the remaining months, you’ll be sitting high on the expansive rear deck - looking east to Elwood and the surrounding well-established trees. The rear access from the laneway means that your two car spaces are secure and off-street.
The rest of the home is made up of a brilliant blend of function and form. The second comfortable bedroom has a built-in robe, the modern kitchen has been fitted with Smeg appliances, and the bright, white bathroom includes a relaxing bath. There’s air conditioning and ducted heating throughout the home, an intercom-enabled entrance, and a beautifully maintained garden as part of the block.
The location is what takes this apartment from hugely credible to simply incredible. The position lends itself to being a three-minute walk from Elwood beach, a short stroll to the Village, and Robinson Reserve is directly across the road. Canal and bayside walks and running trails will keep your Sundays active, while Glen Huntly Road’s bars and cafes have you covered for Saturdays.
SEALS THE DEAL
The building itself only has four apartments, but number three is the undisputed pick of the bunch — for the northwest breathtaking views out to the bay, the parks opposite, and the city skyline. Don’t tell the neighbours.
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