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A Masterfully Renovated Victorian In Kensington Is For Sale

On The Market

With its tree-lined streets, heritage buildings and village feel, Kensington is one of Melbourne’s most charming suburbs, with the added bonus of being just four kilometres from the CBD. Period homes in this enclave of Melbourne’s inner north-west are tightly held – but this one has just hit the market!

The current owners, Juliette Alush and Dana Nelson, purchased this property seven years ago, and together with Nicholas Murray Architects they’ve created an enviable family home. 

Beyond the restored Victorian facade lies three bedrooms, two bathrooms plus a purpose-built office, before a light-filled extension and pool. Take a closer look! 

19th November, 2021

22 McCracken Street, Kensington is an architect-renovated Victorian for sale! Photo – Joel Noon

Architect Nicholas Murray and Robin Craig Interior Design and Decoration transformed the previously dated house into a sleek contemporary home filled with light and luxuries.  enviable family home.  Photo – Joel Noon

The open-plan living domain features a suspended Focus fireplace looking out to a pond. ‘Apart from being functional it looks like a piece of art,’ says the vendors. Photo – Joel Noon

Fully retractable extension doors open to the backyard as desired. Photo – Joel Noon

A glass corridor with outdoor ponds on either side separates the new and restored areas of the home. Photos – Joel Noon

The home contains three-bedrooms plus a  purpose-built office.  Photos – Joel Noon

The glorious pool! ‘The sound of flowing water over the horizon reminds us of staying in fabulous overseas resorts,’ say the owners. Photo – Joel Noon

Amelia Barnes
Friday 19th November 2021

Juliette Alush and Dana Nelson weren’t looking for a new property, but they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy 22 McCracken Street in a neighbouring Kensington street seven years ago. 

‘It is very unusual to find an elevated block this size in Kensington, and we were very keen to design another house with the added luxury of a pool,’ they say. 

The couple engaged Nicholas Murray Architects to realise their vision, transforming the previously dated interiors into a sleek contemporary home, filled with light, and little luxuries.

The updated home incorporates restored period rooms at the front of the house, and the new open-plan extension, separated by a glass corridor with outdoor ponds on either side. These ponds, with the property’s landscaped gardens and fully retractable extension doors, open the property up to nature at every opportunity.

‘We will definitely miss our fantastic purpose-built office, that is positioned looking over one of the ponds. It has its own separate entrance and is swathed in sunlight,’ say Juliette and Dana. Alternatively, this office could serve as a fourth bedroom.

Appliances and materials have been selected with quality and timelessness in mind, including Gaggenau dual ovens, Artemide lighting, Mafi floorboards made in Austria, travertine tiles, and underfloor heating.

Locals say this house was once ‘the place to be’ on New Year’s Eve – a tradition Juliette and Dana have loved continuing via their own annual celebrations around the heated outdoor pool and suspended indoor Focus fireplace. 

All of Kensington’s amenities are within walking distance of the home, including two train stations; shops and restaurants on Macaulay Road; and several parks.

Juliette, Dana and their daughter are off to start the next chapter of their lives, so this fantastic home is now for sale! 

22 McCracken Street, Kensington VIC is being sold by Paul Harrison and Jayson Watts at Nelson Alexander via expressions of interest closing December 17 at 5pm. For more information, see the full listing.

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