46 Howe Crescent – Hazelwood Terrace
Hazelwood Terrace is a perfect example of how the Port Phillip Council has maintained the rich Victorian architectural history of this very old part of inner Melbourne.
Acquiring a home with a unique history is a dream come true for many buyers, and when 46 Howe Crescent in South Melbourne goes under the hammer on the 2nd March, the new owner will certainly have a story to tell.
“Hazelwood Terrace” is a true South Melbourne classic. This Victorian brick residence was originally designed in c1864 by Charles Webb who designed some of Melbourne’s most recognised and revered buildings including the Hotel Windsor, the Royal Arcade, the South Melbourne Town Hall and the main buildings at Melbourne Grammar School.
Webb emigrated to Australia from Suffolk in England in 1821 and was known to work with systematic neatness and painstaking care. He was a founding member of the Australian Institute of Architects and helped to found the ‘Boating Club’ (now the Royal Brighton Yacht Club).
“Hazelwood Terrace” has since been transformed into a contemporary 4-bedroom family home via a stunning extension designed by Anna Vaughan Architects. At the front of the residence and behind the Victorian façade, traditional formal rooms include an elegant sitting room and library. The extension includes an expansive kitchen, living and dining with limestone floors and high ceilings, a dramatic void with skylight above, a personal study overlooking double height landscaped atrium, and full height sliding doors which connect the interior with a landscaped northwest-facing private garden. The palatial main bedroom has its own balcony and designer ensuite, and the two additional bedrooms enjoy a large first floor private sundeck offering leafy views and city glimpses.
The home’s current owner is Ian Vaughan who is known by many people as the “Father of the Falcon” after a renowned working career with Ford in Australia. Indeed, there is a large double garage at the rear of the property which would certainly accommodate a couple of classic GTs.
“We have made excellent use of the deep block, and have continued Charles Webb’s grand scale, with large rooms, high ceilings and an impressive atrium”
Ian hopes Charles Webb would say that the renovation has enhanced the liveability of his original design.
“We have made excellent use of the deep block, and have continued Charles Webb’s grand scale, with large rooms, high ceilings and an impressive atrium,” said Mr Vaughan.
“We also think he would appreciate the renovation’s use of high-quality stone and cabinetry materials, consistent with his classic standard of presentation,” he said.
Hazelwood Terrace is a perfect example of how the Port Phillip Council has maintained the rich Victorian architectural history of this very old part of inner Melbourne. Living in Hazelwood Terrace allows you to feel embedded in the lovely Albert Park/South Melbourne community.
“It’s just a beautiful place to live,” said Mr Vaughan.
“Architecture is about designing houses for people and their lifestyle and I believe Mr Webb would think we’ve continued his classic tradition,” he said.