With a whiff of classic townhouses from the past, 108 Leicester St brings a fresh approach to luxury living in Melbourne

By Henry Clarkson

Pitched somewhere between a penthouse apartment turned on its side and a classic 1920s townhouse, Foursq’s eight-house complex in Fitzroy’s Leicester Street certainly capture the imagination – and offer an intriguing solution on how to provide luxury accommodation with a limited footprint.

Just two minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, the townhouses, created in conjuction with BKK Architects, boast large, flexible floorplans of 152-232 square metres over four or five levels. Personal lifts, lofty ceilings and private roof terraces with spectacular city and mountain range views come as standard.

Simon Knott, principal of BKK Architects, explains: “There is a dearth of this style of development in Melbourne. These townhouses are exactly what downsizing baby boomers and professionals are looking for, with highly thoughtful design in a lifestyle location with all the advantages of medium- density living.”

With a nod to classic Victorian terraces on its Young Street side and a hint of warehouse conversion to its Leicester St frontage, the complex reflects the much-loved housing styles of its Fitzroy location. However, the interiors are far more forward thinking: solar panels, clever cross-ventilation design and high-efficiency hot water services make each apartment zero-emission ready.

With locally-sourced, artisinal interiors, Dada kitchens (and Tait Tilt outdoor kitchens and premium Electrolux barbecues on the roof terraces for al fresco dining), the accent is on luxury on each and every level of these two to three bedroom urban sanctuaries. Wooden floors are standard throughout the living areas, while bedrooms (and ensuites and walk-in wardrobes) will be furnished with deep pile carpets.

Priced at $1.9-$2.2m per house, construction is expected to start early next year, with the eight lucky owners moving in by the end of 2017. The rest of us will just have to look on enviously.

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  1. I’m not so familiar with Victorian strata law but in know in post-1974 townhouses in NSW it would be the owners corp responsibility.

    I reckon with modern construction methods, the concrete slab is much more likely to be common property. That said, if a bathroom’s wall tiles fail on a wall that doesn’t connect with common property then the owner has to fix it.

    Let’s hope this is an issue the new owners never have to address.

  2. What if there was a leak between the floors of these vertical penthouses? Is OC responsible for the repairers?

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