House of the week: St Leonards Place, St Kilda

What if we said you could find a cosy, quiet little slice of St Kilda – a hamlet of sorts in a place where the closest cross streets are called Acland, Grey and Fitzroy?
Shanghai night field

That trio is generally associated with everything rowdy, rollicking and risque about our most famous seaside suburb and not with the kind of tranquillity and escape you’ll find here.

St Leonards Place is a ripper little spot, a jag away from the western end of Acland Street, a further stroll from there to the main drag, and yet there’s a peace here you’d be hard put to find anywhere else in this buzzing bayside zone.

There are about nine homes here – modern townhouse types, but not of the blank and bland type; these homes have a bit of verve and personality about them, some depth and difference, much like the part of town in which they sit.

No.5 is a beauty. Two large stands of bamboo flank the sloping driveway here, giving a bit of privacy from the alley entry point.

The big, beautiful and blank concrete facade is leavened by a rectangular frame of red that projects forward and gives definition and a sense of the dramatic.

A set of steps to the left takes you up to the entry and inside where the concrete theme continues.

Now before you start thinking this all sounds about as warm as a cold day in June, the light here is wonderful. Large windows over a predominantly westerly orientation draw in the sun, and a good amount of much-needed northern light sneaks in, too.

There are some terrific features, such as the entry-level kitchen with deep black stone benchtop, red cabinetry and a glorious sky-blue rangehood floating above the bench. There is colour among the cool here.

Beyond the kitchen and dining room set in front is the fine living room with floor-to-ceiling windows over the St Kilda Adventure Playground. This is a great view – green and lively and it’s not open 24/7 so you don’t have to gaze out at the ankle-biters hanging upside down on the play equipment during your morning coffee.

Sitting between the front area and the living space is a slick bathroom and opposite are stairs, some leading up and some down to a subterranean level. Down below is a great space with access to a courtyard, while across the way is a funky open bathroom and another living area/retreat/rumpus room. The latter has a door that opens onto the slope of the front driveway.

Back past the ground level and up again there are two fine bedrooms, both with excellent storage. The back bedroom has more of that pretty playground view, while the street-facing space boasts a top-notch en suite. There’s also a separate powder room and laundry on this level.

One final set of stairs takes you up to the roof terrace and what a sight it is up here. The Eureka Tower, Westgate Bridge and Spirit of Tasmania dot the skyline and St Kilda spreads out before you. This is a hugely appealing, flexible place, stylish and serene in the heart of the buzz.

5 St Leonards Place, St Kilda $1.2 million-$1.3 million 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car spaceAuction 2pm, June 15Inspect 2-2.30pm, SaturdayAgent Pride Real Estate, 9593 6222

Need to know:St Kilda median house price $883,500*Median apartment price $468,750 *Fewer than 30 sales for the quarter Source: REIV

Recent sales: 49 Argyle Street Three-bedroom house, $890,0001/9 Eildon Road One-bedroom apartment, $507,0001/19 Marine Parade Two-bedroom apartment, $682,000

Surrounding area:St Kilda Five kilometres south-east of the city centre.Famous for Luna Park, St Kilda beach, nightlife, pubs, music.Serviced by You can get everything you need on Fitzroy and Acland streets – fine dining, cafes, cakes, supermarkets, bars and boutiques; quirkier stuff lies on smaller streets around town; tram routes 16, 96 and 112.Close to Elwood; Albert Park Lake; Chapel Street

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

Posted in 杭州龙凤