The thought of scaling down from the family home can be too much for some people with a lifetime of possessions. Fortunately, many apartments in Toorak are catering for those who still want to feel as though they’re in a house, rather than in an apartment. With some being up to 360 square metres in area, considerably larger than the average-sized home, there are now more people taking the plunge, leaving family homes behind.

1. Catt Architects

Location: 56 Grange Road, Toorak

Architect Gary Catt was ‘ahead of the pack’ when he designed these luxurious two apartments in the 1990s. Located on a corner site, with its curvaceous form anchored by a sandstone base, these apartments are house size. The top floor apartment features a circular-shaped kitchen, dining room and two living areas, leading to a generous wrap around terrace, offering views of Melbourne’s skyline. Courtyard-style gardens and bespoke finishes created by master craftsmen add a sense of refinement and sophistication to this unique development.

2. Carr Design

Location: 97 Mathoura Road, Toorak

Carr Design selected a Roman-style brick for these low-rise apartments. Combined with timber shutters, there’s a sense of being in a detached home, rather than in an apartment. With only seven apartments, including a penthouse, the number decreased when one owner decided to amalgamate two apartments into one. As expected with Carr’s signature, the open plan interiors are streamlined and minimal, with only the finest finishes included. Carr’s Japanese-style freestanding baths can also be found here, perfect to finish off the day!

3. Jolson Architects

Location: 4-6 Mathoura Road, Toorak

Developed by Orchard Piper and designed by Jolson Architects, these apartments located towards the Malvern Road end of the street, have a solidity and robustness to them. The 10 residences within the three-level building sit comfortably within the low-rise streetscape, with many two-storey Victorian homes nearby. Jolson’s timeless design, including chunky angled walls that offer protection from the western sunlight, will continue to be appreciated for decades to come.

4. Neometro + MA Architects

Location: 6 Brookville Road, Toorak

Located in a quiet pocket of Toorak, in close proximity to Toorak Village, these generously sized apartments didn’t last long when they hit the market. The two and three-bedroom apartments, with garden aspects, offered a level of detail normally found in the palatial homes the suburb is renowned for. As well as natural oak parquetry floors and bespoke built-in joinery, including window seats, there are also state-of-the-art appliances. The track lighting that appears in these apartments creates a gallery-like quality, ideal given that many residents are keen to display their fine art collections.

5. BG Architecture

Location: 2 Nola Court, Toorak

Designed by BG Architecture, these two spacious apartments are certainly larger than most homes. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, the penthouse spans over 360 square metres. As well as the unusual dimensions, the materials used are exemplary and include timber, ceramics, limestone and marble. A circular staircase in the penthouse would be equally at home in a grand Toorak mansion. And if that wasn’t sufficient, there are delightful views over the leafy streets, including views of the city skyline.

Text by Stephen Crafti
Images courtesy of Catt Architects apartment

Images c/o Catt Architects apartment

Images c/o Catt Architects apartment

Images c/o Catt Architects apartment

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