Residence 1, 131 Walsh Street, South Yarra, Victoria
Some properties, have a presence about them. It’s not readily achieved, or even easily explained, but when you’re there – it, and you, have a sense of belonging.
Residence 1 at 131 Walsh Street has that quality – in spades.
By address alone this home has an excellent pedigree. Walsh Street is one of Melbourne’s trophy boulevards, next door to the Botanic Gardens and a stone’s throw from the city and the arts and sporting precincts. And 131 is one of its newest instalments – a sleek and supremely refined building by the renowned Carr Design on architecture and interiors and Jack Merlo on Gardens, which is something of a design dream team.
If there’s a word that best captures the spirit of this home it’s sanctuary.
That kind of easy substance and quiet sophistication that comes from a design brief, team and outcome that understood location, lifestyle, liveability and, in this case, the deft touch of luxury.
At 360 square metres it’s generous, and with access direct from the streets and via its own dedicated lift, a very rare feature, there’s a real sense of exclusivity and retreat.
The proportions are superb. Three metre ceilings and wide, open, flowing spaces that unfurl seamlessly in a plan that is both beautiful and astute in that, while there is a lovely synergy across the two floors, they have the scale and scope to adopt their own sense of identity as well.
The upper floor is a wonderful mix of living, dining and lushly inviting outdoors spaces, plus a superbly appointed kitchen and butler’s pantry.
The main bedroom retreat is located here as well, all of which feels rather like an upscale an apartment all of its own.
Downstairs is another expansive living zone, lush courtyard and further two spacious ensuited bedrooms which means this floor, with its own street entrance, could serve not only as a beautifully private family or guest zone but also a high calibre private office, with one of the best addresses in town.
Residence 1 at 131 Walsh Street South Yarra is what happens when fine minds coming together in a fine location with only the finest of intentions. It is a very fine place indeed.