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About our home
Our house is an early 20th century Californian bungalow, renovated by us in 2012. It is a spacious passive solar house with large north facing windows, an abundance of recycled Australian timbers, solar energy, rainwater tanks, and all natural non-toxic materials. There is a large open plan kitchen, living and dining. Upstairs is a parents retreat with walk-in-robes, bathroom, master bedroom, balcony with views of the merry creek nature reserve and an office. Down stairs are another three bedrooms and bathroom. We have a foodies kitchen with a great oven, coffee machine and everything you need to cook up a storm. The house is double glazed and has hydronic central heating and fantastic insulation everywhere so it is warm and cosy all year round. The really special thing about our house is that is it is one of the most desirable and vibrant inner city villages Melbourne has to offer, but it is tucked down a cul-de-sac, backing onto the beautiful Merri creek and looking out onto huge native gum trees that line the creek. It is a real secret oasis in the city. Off the lounge and dining is a large north facing deck for outdoor entertaining. There is a productive garden full of fruit trees, a children's cubby house, herbs and vegies. Due the the nature reserve and creek behind the house we have visits from many beautiful birds including kookaburras and tawny frog mouth owls and lots of other creatures such as blue tongue lizards.
The house is decorated in an eclectic mix of mid century style, antiques and contemporary art and design pieces. It is very comfortable and pleasant to be in, flooded with natural light all day, with lots of beautiful collectables, books and original artworks. This house has been featured in design and architecture magazines, but is very comfortable and homely.
Equipped for kids
More about us
We are a couple our late 30's early 40's. We have two well behaved girls who are 10 and 13.
Tao is an art director in the film industry and Megan is an interior designer
Our home is full of collectables found through our years as buyers in the film industry. Its is also an very environmentally friendly home, designed and renovated extensively in 2012.
Truly, to many to mention!! Lots in walking distance.
Stacks in nearby brunswick street, high street, smith street and Lygon street. The city a tram ride away.
3x cafes within 2 minutes of house, Literally hundreds of cafes within 10 minutes of house, check out the are alf urban spoon to get an idea! Great market and cafe just ten minutes walk or ride along the creek at the Ceres environment park.
The CBD, Gertrude st, Brunswick street, High street, Lygon Street, Smith street shopping strip all nearby. Tram 200m from house to middle of CBD.
Bit of culture
National Gallery, Arts centre, Centre for contemporary photography, ACMI and Ian Potter gallery federation square. Heidi museum. Melbourne museum, Melbourne international arts festival, Melbourne fringe, Melbourne comedy festival, Melbourne film festival all internationally acclaimed festivals, Many and various cultural festivals (Spanish festival Johnson street etc)
Walks in the park
Walk along the creek to several parks and the infamous edinburgh gardens, which is often like a festival on a warm summers night
Spot of exercise
Fantastic running or cycling along side the merricreek connecting to the yarra river and capital city trail. Many gyms and local pools close by. Lots of yoga centres.
Great ocean road (12 apostles), Mornington peninsula (wineries, beaches), healesville sanctuary, daylesford and hepburn springs spa region, Yarra Valley and Dandenong ranges.