Hello House: Urban luxury

by Michelle Singer | 1 November 2023 | Hello House

For people who love property

Each week we look at three of the best and most interesting properties on the market. This week we’re really getting into urban luxury.

Photo courtesy: Place New Farm


Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill

Built in 1888, ‘Kinauld’ is the last surviving work on Dornoch Terrace of renowned architect A.B Wilson. The meticulously maintained seven-bedroom home sits on a 2,211sqm north-facing block and combines heritage with modern updates by respected heritage practices Conrad Gargett Architecture and Architectus. Original details such as French-polished red cedar joinery and internal staircase, plaster and lath walls, high ceilings and working fireplaces meld with a contemporary timber and marble kitchen, 2,000-bottle wine cellar, and expansive outdoor entertainment spaces. The property’s luxury extends to the grounds where there’s a lap pool, putting green, flood-lit tennis court, and landscaped gardens. Place New Farm. EOI 


Photo courtesy: The Property Exchange


Freshwater Close, Claremont

There is so much to like about this 2015-built modern four-bedroom urban oasis, 10km from Perth’s CBD. There’s texture in the off-form concrete soffits, warmth in the spotted gum timber floors and a sense of calm radiating from the dark internal wall paints. Western Australian blackbutt timber blades add interest and screen the building’s façade, a feature that continues to the gate and internal balusters to the stairs. Every inch of the 370sqm block has a function and each window and door a purpose, capturing light and vistas from all angles, and linking the open-plan living, dining and kitchen to the sun-filled pool, garden and terrace via stacker and a clever sliding window seat. It’s two levels liveability across two levels.


Photo courtesy: Kay & Burton


Martin Street, Brighton

The grand bones, fine curves and old-world glamour of this 1920s Bayside home are ready to shine again in the hands of the right owner. Art deco mirrors, chandeliers, marble mantlepiece inlays and generous formal rooms remain true to the five-bedroom home’s origins while the 1970s updates such as the timber bar, pastel green and pink (carpeted) bathroom add a dose of nostalgia. Within the tidy formal gardens and 2,500sqm block is a tennis court and established trees for maximum privacy. Brighton Beach is a 50m walk at the end of the street. Kay & Burton. $18-$19 million


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