Sunday, September 02, 2007
Small town US property investor looking at Australia to increase her wealth
Blogging mate in the US, Daisy Jo, requested a a larger picture of the house where the white magnolia tree is located. As you can see, the blooms of a magnolia do not last long, especially if we get some warm weather and wind, as we have had. This morning though was one of those perfect Melbourne mornings with a few wispy clouds and a clear blue sky with a gentle breeze blowing.
These houses are very unusual in Melbourne as they are three storey with the lowest level partly below street level. I know of some others in Dalgety Street, St Kilda and I have a feeling I have seen some in Footscray.
Park Street is a short street between between Toorak Road and Domain Roads. You can see its location on a map here. We live in St Kilda Road near where it it meets Toorak Road West. It is about a twenty five minute walk along Toorak Road, Park Street and back along Domain Road.
Note there are two quite old cars in front of the houses. These are not representative of the normal type of car to be found in South Yarra which are more likely to be a 4WD, an SUV or BMW or Mercedes. I am unsure of this specific house, but certainly many of its neighbours used to be boarding houses. Small and cheap accommodation for the poorer types, pay by the week. I think one house is still a boarding house and you can bet that these cars belong to residents of the boarding house. When travelling on the number 8 tram that travels to Toorak and runs along Park Street, if some rough types boarded the tram and they were still aboard the tram when it turned into Domain Road, you could fairly confidently say, ah yes, Park Street, boarding house.
I think you could say that any of these houses in Park Street would be worth over a million dollars. It is quite a unique street. Maybe Dalgety Street in St Kilda is as nice but I don't think so. It is a long time since I have been there. Perhaps there are streets in Parkville similar. St Vincents Place in South Melbourne is certainly superior but much more open, unlike the cheek by jowl Park Street. The style of architecture is of course Victorian, the properties having being built in the time of the reign of Queen Victoria, and Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world to see preserved and restored Victorian architecture.
Francis Clapp, the founder of our tramway system and mentioned in the post where I published a picture of the plaque on the fence of the the house where he lived, wanted a tram near to his house, but not going past, hence the tram which normally if following the patterns of other routes, would just travel down Toorak Road to St Kilda Road where it would turn right and head into the city. Instead it diverts into Park Street and along Domain Road. A four minute walk from his house, but not going past his house. This may or may not be true.
As gorgeous as Park Street is, it is dreadful for parking. Local residents often have to park streets away, and that is with one side of street being for residents only and a permit required.
I had hoped to photograph all the building in Park Street soon, but the other day I noticed someone who spent three hours with his posh looking camera taking photos. Perhaps I am better to search on the net.