If you’re looking for a slick two bedroom apartment situated right in the middle of one of Melbourne’s trendier suburbs, this warehouse conversion of Windsor’s first post office, originally crafted in 1900 by Sir John Monash, should do the trick. I’m sure it’ll cost vital organs and a ritual sacrifice, but at least we can dream.
It’s more than just a straight conversion — someone has gone to a lot of effort to give it a variety of modern luxuries, including a cellar, triple-car garage and “hydronic heating”, if that’s a thing you want.
Then there’s the 8m ceilings and a “top-floor mezzanine retreat” so you can escape from what is clearly a horrible place to live.
A major downer is the fact it backs onto Windsor train station, so you’ll have to get used to the sound and vibration and while it’s at the quieter, Astor Theatre-end of Chapel St, general noise could also be an issue. And a quick look at the floor plan reveals the second bedroom is more of a study, unless one flatmate is willing to compromise.
A great deal of the original Monash architecture remains and it’s good when you can find a balance between old and new. Now I just need to find the cash for this place… kidneys aren’t that important, right?
Photos: Kay & Burton