This house was redesigned by architects Weir Phillips about five years ago. It’s a good thing, too, because this particular firm has a focus on heritage services, meaning they reconfigure historic residences with a consideration for their character. There is nothing sadder than a terrace that’s had all its personality stripped away.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get out there for my inspection of this one, so I have stolen the agent’s photos and asked them some questions (this one is up on the market for $1.65m). So this is a miniature post. But that’s okay, because the photos are worth it alone.
The plunge pool area is particularly ingenious as it operates as a means of creating more natural light (yes, I do harp on about natural light in terraces. That’s because it’s super-important, and it’s one of the hardest aspects of a terrace renovation to pull off).
The terrace is well-located within Darlinghurst. Five minute walk to the city and pretty much anything else you should be interested in. Aside from a swim-able body of water, I guess, but hey, it has a plunge pool, so problem solved.
The front of the terrace is pretty, if not totally original. It’s also identical to its neighbour, which is interesting. It looks like a late 19th century/early 20th century Victorian.
One of the best aspects of the place is its size – three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s extremely rare to find three bathrooms in a terrace. The design has kept space and function in mind, incorporating open plan living areas, distinct sleeping zones and plentiful storage.
The staircase is another element of the home that enhances light, which is both clever and attractive. The narrow, steep staircase or spiral staircase typical of terraces is avoided, and the floating timber is an appealing contemporary touch.
The agent notes that an investor or professional are the most likely types of purchaser, but I think given the house’s space and facilities it wouldn’t be out of the question for an inner-city family to buy. They’re still a pretty rare breed, but they increasingly exist – the main impediment would be the lack of parking, but it wouldn’t be overly difficult to rent a nearby space (or park on the colourful back streets if they can find some that are untimed. I hear families love a bit of adventure).