French style represents elegance, prosperity and grandeur and the French Provincial style is coveted by many buyers. The premium end of the property market often gravitates towards this most prestigious of styles which stands the test of time.
French Provincial is not a historical architectural style such as Victorian, Edwardian or Federation, rather it is a style inspired from the grand houses of Provence in France. This is not a new point of inspiration for Melbourne homes, in fact French provincial architectural elements can be found in some of Melbourne’s heritage listed properties such as Como House which celebrates French heritage through its Paris to Provence festival, sponsored by Marshall White. Further afield in Eltham, Heritage listed Montsalvat was designed to emulate French Gothic with a very provincial styled Great Hall. It seems the classic image of the French chateau has always been aspirational for Australians.
Both heritage homes and new residences employ the use of key French design elements such as formal gardens, grand driveways, window and roof details and ornamental plasterwork. There is also symmetry to French inspired floor plans with formal areas at the front of the home creating a welcoming yet grand entrance.
Melbourne based Metrobuild is an authority on French inspired design with a diverse portfolio of residential apartments, focusing primarily in Toorak and surrounding suburbs. We asked the company’s Associate, Justina Ding, why she though French Provincial style was so popular.
“I believe the French Provincial style is popular in Melbourne because it is inherently timeless,” said Justina.
“The colour palette is usually warm neutrals which are gentle and welcoming. French style furnishings comprise of natural materials like stone, timber, linen and wool. With all natural elements comes imperfections in the grain, colour, shape or form, and that’s what helps it feel lived in and comfortable,” she said.
If you love French Provincial style, let us tempt you with these properties currently for sale with Marshall White.
Auction March 23
With a classical floor plan including formal dining and living rooms with gas fireplaces, this five bedroom residence exudes French charm. The private garden with ornamental trees provides the perfect backdrop for afternoon of relaxation with champagne and brie.
Inspection March 23
This Christopher Doyle designed five bedroom exudes French grandeur, elegance and luxury. Framed by an avenue of Magnolias, attention to details is present at every turn with travertine floors, high ceilings, a grand staircase and delightful custom joinery.
Auction March 16
An imposing four bedroom home with French inspired credentials including dark parquetry floors flowing through a central reception hall leading to a music room on one side and an elegant sitting room with gas fire, on the other.
A brand new and spectacular five bedroom residence featuring all the class if French Provincial traits. A highlight is the seductively curved staircase featuring customised wrought ironwork ascending to the home’s accommodation level including an opulent main bedroom with luxurious en-suite, dual walk in robes and north-facing balcony.
Expressions of Interest Close 2nd April at 5pm
Steeped in sophistication with absolutely the finest of everything, rarely do homes of such distinction and style come along. Expertly designed with endless luxury in mind, this exceptional as-new residence redefines premium family living in a prestigious Camberwell locale.