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Inside entrepreneur Walter Scott’s traditional Clifton Hill terrace

This traditional terrace with a fairytale façade hides a VERY modern renovation – complete with a chef’s kitchen, sunlit living spaces and an enormous bathtub big enough for two

  • An epic renovation has turned a traditional Victorian terrace into one of Melbourne’s most beautiful homes
  • The three-bedroom in Clifton Hill, four kilometres north-east of the CBD, was built by a businessman in 1885
  • But the interior is now unrecognisable from its original state, kitted out with spectacular modern luxuries

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A mammoth renovation has turned a traditional Victorian terrace into one of Melbourne’s most beautiful family homes.

The three-bedroom in Clifton Hill, four kilometres north-east of the CBD, was designed and built in 1885 by entrepreneur Walter Scott who combined his daughters’ names to call the house Elsie Leigh.

The house has a fairytale façade straight from a painter’s canvas that was salvaged by Perkins Architects, who painstakingly stripped away heavy layers of wisteria that threatened to destroy the historic front.

A mammoth renovation has turned this traditional Victorian terrace into one of Melbourne’s most beautiful family homes

The house has a fairytale façade straight from a painter's canvas, but the rear is truly contemporary

The house has a fairytale façade straight from a painter’s canvas, but the rear is truly contemporary

The house was designed in 1885 by businessman Walter Scott who combined his daughters' names to call it Elsie Leigh

The house was designed in 1885 by businessman Walter Scott who combined his daughters’ names to call it Elsie Leigh

Renovation works also involved preserving classic floorboards, ornate fireplaces and the high ceilings that were customary in upper-class residences throughout the 19th century.

The street-facing part of the house is occupied by a study, two bedrooms and a magnificent lounge with bay windows.

Listing agent Arch Staver, who is overseeing the sale of the property for realtors Nelson Alexander, described it as ‘one of the more elegant rooms I’ve had the pleasure of walking inside’.

Listing agent Arch Staver, who is overseeing the sale of the property for realtors Nelson Alexander, described it as one of the most elegant houses in the area

Listing agent Arch Staver, who is overseeing the sale of the property for realtors Nelson Alexander, described it as one of the most elegant houses in the area

Renovation works also involved preserving classic floorboards and ornate fireplaces

Renovation works also involved preserving classic floorboards and ornate fireplaces

The chef's kitchen to the rear of the house is kitted out with premium Miele appliances and a striking lime coloured island

The chef’s kitchen to the rear of the house is kitted out with premium Miele appliances and a striking lime coloured island

At the rear is a modern extension completed in 2009 which houses a sunlit open-plan living and dining space and a chef’s kitchen kitted out with premium Miele appliances.

Upstairs is the spacious third bedroom complete with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, as well as the master bathroom.

A large window streams sunlight in over the statement bathtub which is big enough for two.

A large window streams sunlight in over the statement bathtub which is big enough for two

A large window streams sunlight in over the statement bathtub which is big enough for two

The high ceilings that were customary in upper-class residences throughout the 19th century have also been preserved

The high ceilings that were customary in upper-class residences throughout the 19th century have also been preserved

The house, which is heritage-listed on the National Trust, has been listed with a guide price of $3.8million to $4.18million (AUD)

The house, which is heritage-listed on the National Trust, has been listed with a guide price of $3.8million to $4.18million (AUD)

Mr Staver told Daily Mail Australia the house has 'one of the districts most stunning façades', renovated in a style that 'seamlessly blends the old with the new'

Mr Staver told Daily Mail Australia the house has ‘one of the districts most stunning façades’, renovated in a style that ‘seamlessly blends the old with the new’

The house, which is heritage-listed on the National Trust, has been listed with a guide price of $3.8million to $4.18million (AUD). 

That’s a staggering $2.5million higher than the average price of a three-bedroom in the Clifton Hill area, which was $1.3million in 2020, according to sales records from realestate.com.au.

Mr Staver told Daily Mail Australia the house has ‘one of the districts most stunning façades’, renovated in a style that ‘seamlessly blends the old with the new’.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk