Imposing 19th-century Albert Park mansion on the market

Imposing 19th-century Albert Park mansion on the market
Jonathan ChancellorDecember 8, 2020

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49-51 St Vincents Place, Albert Park, VIC

An imposing piece of the Rochester Terrace has been listed for sale.

Set on the dress circle of St Vincent Gardens, the adjoining 1897 Victorian terraces offer six bedrooms and five bathrooms behind its stunning façade of elegant Corinthian columns. There are also formal and informal living and dining rooms with a flexible floorplan. The opportunity to open up the two terraces has yet to be taken advantage of.

The St Vincent Place precinct was designed to emulate elegant squares found in London. Now registered with the National Trust of Australia, St Vincent Place is home to terraced and detached houses, including the architecturally significant Rochester Terrace, a row of imposing double-storey Victorian houses.

Building commenced in 1869, and it eventually became 10 separate terrace mansions and is still deemed to be the most commanding, coherently designed terrace row in Melbourne. They were constructed by the eminent Emerald Hill auctioneer, agent and speculator WP Buckhurst, who initially built the terraces now numbered 33-43 and in 1879 added the four additional buildings at what is now 45-51.

Architect Charles Boykett designed the terrace, with his son Charles Bolten Boykett completing the row after his father's death.

The terrace housed prominent citizens including bookseller George Robertson, the biscuit manufacturer, TB Guest and the homeopathic chemist R Martin. Like the gardens, it was based on a 19th-century London model that remains largely faithful to its original design, with a bowling green and tennis courts.

The St Vincent Place offering is listed through Alex Schiavo and Tom Staughton at Kay & Burton Albert Park. The property last sold in 2004 at $3.61 million. More than $5.5 million is being sought.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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