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A Century-Old Melbourne Post Office Now Makes for a Luxurious Home

A century-old former post office with a historical past and designer present has come to market in Melbourne with a A$5.6 million (US$3.7 million) to A$6.16 million asking price.

Built between 1899 and 1910, the ex-Windsor Post Office, which also served as a telephone exchange and mail sorting center, operated for nearly a century until the Victorian Government sold the asset approximately two decades ago to the current owner, Graham Baring. A retired photographer, Baring worked for Sotheby’s as well as the fine art auction house Deutscher and Hackett. He was unavailable for comment.

The building has notable design credentials. It was designed by architect Horace John Mackennal—also the creator of the Ingham, Canterbury, South Melbourne and Woodend post offices—and engineered by Sir John Monash, the acclaimed civil engineer who supervised construction of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, military commander during World War I and the namesake of Melbourne’s Monash University.

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Recently listed for the first time since its modern makeover, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is being marketed through WhiteFox agents Graeme Wilson and Michael Torcasio, who are accepting expressions of interest through April 24, according to the listing.

“It’s one of the oldest structures in the neighborhood,” said Torcasio. “The home is a standing piece of history.” 

“What it offers buyers today is a very sizeable home with a whole lot going on from the formal entrance hall into a huge open-plan living and dining space with rooms upstairs featuring exposed original metal beams. It’s got loads of old-world charm, but there’s also all the modern conveniences.”

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The uniquely transformed property has a handful of contemporary amenities such as a yoga space, a subterranean wine room insulated by walls that are six bricks thick and a separate self-contained art studio with a kitchenette and bathroom.

Much of the property’s heritage has been meticulously maintained from the original floorboards and intricate tessellated tiling to the 14-foot ceilings, the original staircase with embellished brass handrails and an impressive 36 feet of decorative leadlight bay windows along the Northern facade. These formal front rooms overlook the tree-lined street out to Melbourne Bowling Club.

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While the first floor is home to the open-plan living zone, a contemporary kitchen and studio space, the second floor houses three bedrooms including a primary suite with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite. Another level higher and an additional bedroom combined with a home office sits beside the yoga and dance space. 

There is also a tandem three-car garage, under house storage, original fireplaces and a full laundry.

Close to popular Chapel Street boutiques and eateries, the Peel Street home is near Windsor Train Station, local trams and coveted Albert Park as well as Melbourne’s prestigious private schools and the iconic Astor theater.

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