A look into Cedar Woods' North Melbourne townhomes, 88 Leveson

A look into Cedar Woods' North Melbourne townhomes, 88 Leveson
Render of 88 Leveson sitting amongst its North Melbourne context.
Alison Warters September 21, 2022

Positioning itself as one of the city’s most dynamic and eclectic neighbourhoods, North Melbourne is home to a mix of established and new housing, along with a spat of commercial, industrial, retail and community facilities.  

​​Since the 1980s, North Melbourne has slowly become gentrified due to its proximity to the city centre, with Errol and Victoria streets a popular hub for foodies, with a range of cafes and restaurants lining the strip. 

Shopping strips such as Errol and Victoria streets are popular for their range of cafes, restaurants and boutiques.

The nearby Queensberry Street has also transformed itself into the home of the arts over the years, now hosting the Melbourne Fringe Festival yearly at the old North Melbourne Town Hall which is now known as the Arts House. 

Delivering a boutique collection of townhomes to the heart of the suburb, Cedar Woods’ 88 Leveson builds on the heritage of North Melbourne with a design that pays homage to the area’s industrial past. 

Renowned builders, Burbank Urban have been appointed to construct the project, which presents a bold exterior, featuring brick, black metal and compressed sheet cladding.

Mirroring the materiality and proportion of the former warehouse site, large windows create generous openings for natural light along with connections to the external spaces.

Cedar Woods engaged design-led Australian architecture firm, Genton to design 88 Levenson, offering a mix of multi-levelled three and four-bedroom townhomes. 

Genton, with offices in both Melbourne and Sydney, is led by Principals Steven Toia, Marc Debney and Jamie McCutcheon, amassing a varied portfolio over their time, including both residential projects such as Cumulus and Verse as well as commercial works, like the Ford Asia Pacific Product Development Centre and the Powerhouse in Parramatta. 

Conceived for owner-occupiers, each dwelling comprises open living spaces for entertaining on the first floor and large bedrooms on the upper floors.

Designed to be spacious and flexible, the homes incorporate premium finishes such as engineered timber flooring, wool carpets and stone benchtops, along with the option to include personal lift access or an expansive whole floor master suite. 

Crowning each of the homes are sun-drenched outdoor terraces, offering views to the North Melbourne skyline, as well as providing an additional extension to the homes. 

Construction is due to commence soon on the project, with completion slated for 2024. 

Alison Warters

Alison Warters is a property journalist for Urban, based in Sydney. Alison is especially interested in the evolution of the New Build/Development space, when it comes to design innovation and sustainability.

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