Melbourne is recognised for its intimate streetscapes and concealed architectural gems. Kurneh Place, in South South Yarra, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, is one of those often, undetected, special locations. However, the seven new apartments, referred to as ‘Kurneh Place’, will set a new benchmark in this highly coveted precinct.

Designed by the highly acclaimed architect Rob Mills, these house-sized apartments (starting at 220 square metres for the three-bedroom apartments), have been carefully curated for the highly discerning buyer. Starting at $4.65 million and over $8 million for the penthouse that comes with its own exclusive rooftop garden and swimming pool, these apartments spare no expense. Curvaceous walls, fluid interconnected spaces, marble-lined bathrooms and beautifully crafted built-in joinery add to the charm of Kurneh Place. “We were fortunate to have a progressive client who wanted us to deliver something well beyond the ‘norm’, but at the same time, respond to this unique site,” says Mills.

Mills was also conscious of the ultimate client, the resident who would be making Kurneh Place their home. “There are obviously the discerning ‘empty nesters’, but we also saw our market as being quite diverse from professional couples to progressive people looking for a point of difference, particularly in this treasured locale,” adds Mills, who saw the importance of security. “Many who live here regularly travel overseas or interstate, or have a beach house or country property they go to every other weekend”.

Cleverly designed with bedrooms predominantly located to the south, and kitchens with open plan living areas to the north, each of the apartments feels more like a detached home. Large picture windows and sliding doors leading to generous terraces allow for the finest in alfresco dining. Marble island benches feature in the kitchens and bathrooms (including guest powder rooms), with freestanding baths and dual vanities. Wide curvaceous passages, with wall space to accommodate large paintings, are also included. “People looking at these apartments often come with fine art. They want to be able to display their paintings and sculpture, as well as their furniture, whether it’s contemporary or family heirlooms,” says Damon Krongold, Director - Projects at Kay & Burton. “Sure, it’s important to ‘lock up and leave’. But it’s as imperative that these spaces provide the highest level of enjoyment, quality and comfort,” adds Krongold.

The three bedrooms included in each apartment also cater for the way those downsizing prefer to live. Third bedrooms, for example, may be used to watch television or for playing bridge with friends, while another bedroom functions as a home office or perhaps a guest bedroom (possibly for adult children who have quite recently made the move to their own permanent pad). “We’re finding people are looking for these ‘get-away spaces’, whether it’s used on a regular or occasional basis,” says Krongold.

Unlike other ‘swanky’ suburbs in Australian cities, where being seen driving a flashy car is important, Kurneh Place will entice a more discrete buyer. “These people don’t have to trumpet their wealth from the treetops. Here, it’s about discretely arriving home and enjoying all the amenities the Domain precinct has to offer,” says Krongold.

However, while the locale is first class, so is the architecture, reflecting an elegant and timeless sensibility, with honest and sometimes lustrous materials used to create a magical effect. “Space is the greatest luxury in life. It’s one of the measures of prosperity,” says Mills, who literally embraced the sky in the penthouse apartment with its overscaled skylights.

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Text by Stephen Crafti

Kurneh Place, South Yarra

Kurneh Place, South Yarra

Kurneh Place, South Yarra

Kurneh Place, South Yarra

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