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    Historic cottage is transformed into a stunning modern retreat – complete with an outdoor shower, eight-seater jacuzzi, Italian marble kitchen and the home office most only dream of

    • An epic renovation has transformed a historic cottage into one of Melbourne’s most modern homes
    • The four-bedroom at 2 Henry Street in Kew, 5km east of the CBD, looks unrecognisable from its original state 
    • Contemporary fixtures include an Italian marble kitchen, custom staircase, outdoor shower and jacuzzi
    • Striking period features have been preserved for contrast, with ornate restored fireplaces in every bedroom
    • At more than twice the size of the average Victorian home, its $3million price tag is no surprise

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    An epic renovation has transformed a historic cottage into one of Melbourne‘s most unique, modern homes.

    Luxury design and a two-storey extension have left the four-bedroom at 2 Henry Street in Kew, five kilometres east of the CBD, unrecognisable from its original state in a perfect blend of period charm and contemporary interiors.

    Standout fixtures include an Italian marble kitchen and custom-made ‘floating’ staircase, along with a luxurious outdoor shower and eight-seater saltwater jacuzzi installed beside a premium timber sun deck in the garden.

    Striking period features have been preserved for contrast, with ornate 19th century fireplaces painstakingly restored in the bedrooms and intricate cornicing retained where the walls meet the ceilings.

    But it’s the plush home office that is the major draw card for prospective buyers, according to listing agent Jonathon O’Donoghue of Jellis Craig Boroondara, who says the space is ‘bound to delight’ professionals working from home under continuing pandemic restrictions.

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    Then: The historic period cottage at 2 Henry Street in Kew, five kilometres east of Melbourne CBD, in its original state

    Now: A rear-view of the two-storey extension tacked onto the back of the cottage, which has been transformed beyond recognition with luxury design and contemporary interiors

    Now: A rear-view of the two-storey extension tacked onto the back of the cottage, which has been transformed beyond recognition with luxury design and contemporary interiors

    ‘It’s at the back part of the original home and it has a huge window that overlooks an internal courtyard, which is really a magnificent outlook,’ Mr O’Donoghue told realestate.com.au.

    He said there’s potential to turn the office – which fits a large desk and chairs and overlooks the courtyard through an enormous window that spans the width of the wall – into an additional living room or children’s play area when social distancing laws are lifted.

    Four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a parking garage with space for two cars are spread across 511 square metres – more than twice the average floor size of a Victorian home which sat at 244.8sqm in 2018, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Standout fixtures include an Italian marble kitchen

    And a one-of-a-kind custom-made 'floating' staircase

    Standout fixtures include an Italian marble kitchen (left) and custom-made ‘floating’ staircase (left and right)

    A major draw card for prospective buyers is the plush home office, which fits a large desk and chairs and overlooks the courtyard through an enormous window that spans the width of the wall

    A major draw card for prospective buyers is the plush home office, which fits a large desk and chairs and overlooks the courtyard through an enormous window that spans the width of the wall

    It's hard to believe this airy, sunlit space flooded with natural light started life as the narrow interior of a 19th century cottage

    It’s hard to believe this airy, sunlit space flooded with natural light started life as the narrow interior of a 19th century cottage

    Two waterfall shower heads in the bathroom look more like fixtures found in a five-star hotel than a private family home

    Two waterfall shower heads in the bathroom look more like fixtures found in a five-star hotel than a private family home








    So perhaps it’s no surprise that the house been valued in the region of $3million, with an asking price listed between $2.85m and $3.05m. 

    The house is split between two buildings – one a modern interpretation of the original cottage, the other a newly built-two-storey – separated by a central courtyard with a large landscaped garden at the rear.

    The old single-storey is filled with a laundry, butler’s pantry and open-plan kitchen and living room, where an island made from imported marble faces a clear glass splashback overlooking the courtyard to the extension.

    It’s hard to believe the bright and airy space flooded with natural light started life as the narrow interior of a 19th century cottage.

    The kitchen island is made from Italian marble and faces a clear glass splashback which overlooks the garden

    The kitchen island is made from Italian marble and faces a clear glass splashback which overlooks the garden

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    A second living room overlooks the surrounding neighbourhood from the upstairs window of the extension

    The home office has the potential to be used as a second living room or children's play area when social distancing laws are lifted

    Striking period features have been preserved for contrast, including ornate fireplaces in each of the bedrooms

    A grey colour scheme runs throughout the house, from the downstairs office (left) to the upstairs bedrooms (right) where period fireplaces have been preserved for contrast

    A generous garden at the rear of the house has a timber sun deck, perfect for entertaining

    A generous garden at the rear of the house has a timber sun deck, perfect for entertaining

    Downstairs houses the office, one bathroom and two bedrooms, including the master complete with a large ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.

    Upstairs is a second living room and the remaining bedrooms and bathroom fitted with floor-to-ceiling tiles and a double waterfall shower that looks more like a fixture found in a five-star hotel than a private family home.

    Bids will be taken at an online auction scheduled for 11am on Saturday, October 17.

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