An artistic residential touch at Napier Street, Fitzroy

Market Insights
7 years ago
3 minutes
It’s one of Melbourne’s most desirable suburbs thanks to its eclectic, creative vibe. And with another premium project underway next door, Milieu Property continue to deliver with its latest, Napier Street.
Experts in boutique residential projects, Milieu have teamed up with award winning Freadman White Architects to create another collection of sophisticated homes beside their previous highly successful development, Whitlam Place.
Clearly a productive match, their approach with Napier Street is focused on delivering just 15 luxury two and three bedroom apartments that fit perfectly into the streetscape in this continuously sought-after neighbourhood.
Read Freadman White’s thinking behind these homes and they talk of spatial intelligence and a materials palette of raw beauty and sophistication. And it’s clear they mean it, with some of the most exquisite yet functional homes we’ve seen in the area. Inspired by the Heidelberg home of Australian art collectors Sunday and John Reed, Modernist is the inspiration and Timeless is most definitely the word.
From the inviting front gate beneath cascading greenery to the open air ‘sky bridges’ that link each apartment to a tranquil communal courtyard, thought has been given to the day to day experience of living here.
Interiors are pleasingly simple, with wonderful high ceilings and generous sliding doors to open up the space. Tapping into the local design and boutique retail scene, nearby furniture guru and 20th century vintage design expert Dean Angelucci provided guidance to help furnish each apartment.
These are truly relaxing living spaces, with soft hues and calming materials like timber, brass and concrete for an urban home that still has warmth. Custom joinery with brass detailing has been carefully created for each apartment, adding an artisan touch to the functional beauty on display in each room.
Take the kitchens, for example. In an open plan home such as these, the kitchen is a big part of your life, and here the attention to fixtures and materials ensures these functional spaces look as good as they perform. More of that luxurious timber and brass detailing, modern track lighting and an utterly delightful island bench add a lightness of touch to a space that we know will see plenty of entertaining.
Bathrooms at Napier Street certainly live up to the high standards Milieu have set in the residential landscape. There are textures and materials included here that we would love to wake up to every morning. The thoughtful combination of suspended ceramic basin, brass shelving and subway tiling somehow results in a bathroom that’s both highly sophisticated yet essentially soothing.
We’re pleased to see sustainability is also integral to the design, with details such as rainwater collection, central hot water system, solar electricity and performance glass for a more natural approach to temperature control in any season. Plus, of course, there’s bike storage included.
We’d be lying if we didn’t admit to knowing local haunts The Napier Hotel and The Union Hotel well, but in any case the list of top drawer eateries, bars and coffee spots would fill this entire article. It should come as no surprise to learn that cool-connoisseurs Broadsheet chose to base their offices just around the corner.
If you’re serious about investing in a truly desirable residential opportunity in one of Melbourne’s leafy cultural precincts, Napier Street is a short stroll from pretty much everything.
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