Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Another South Yarra Stroll

There is a part of South Yarra I am very unfamiliar with, although I know the bordering streets very well. It's an expensive area, no doubt about that, and the standard of housing is very high, both old mixed and newer. The area is bounded Domain Road to the south, Punt Road to the east, the Yarra River to the north and Anderson Street and the Royal Botanic Gardens to the west. I took a a walk up Domain Road to Anderson Street, left and then right into Acland Street. I know one blogger on my list lives in the area.

This large block of only eight apartments stands dominantly on the corner.


It looks like it might not be such a cheap place buy into.


I turned right into Walsh Street. This looks like a main entrance but chimneys never sit at the front of a house of this vintage, surely? My guess is some land was sold off on what is now the side of this house that used to front Acland Street.


I turned left into Airlie Bank Lane. These are flats with carparking underneath. Why am I thinking mews? I don't even know what mews are really.


Airlie Bank Lane turns left and Dear oh dear, this is a very un-South Yarra like car. Google Street Views of the area are quite out of date, but this car was there when they were taken.


This one was somewhere along the way. Modern and somewhat brutalist and was not there when the Street View camera went past.


Now I am in The Righi with some fine Victorian here. The views from these two houses at the top of Airlie Street would be most impressive.


Because they look down Airlie Street, across the river to Richmond.


Rather late for geraniums. They face west and obviously get some night warmth from concrete. Yes, I checked that they were real. I was heading down Airlie Avenue towards the river.


 Melbourne, boring and flat, it is said by Sydneysiders and ok, it is not as hilly as Sydney, it does have some.


 The camera focus sadly was not on this glorious red. I can't even tell what it is.


At the bottom of Punt Road where it meets Clowes Street is this most splendiforous golden elm. It is a tree that pruners leave alone and don't cut off the lower branches.


I don't which is worse, the erupting telephone cable or a tee tree fence in South Yarra.


I am now trudging back up the hill along Walsh Street. Not every building has been restored and renovated to within an inch of its life. Oops, I am at the back of Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School. I put the camera away and tried to look purposeful. I didn't want anyone calling the police about a suspicious older man with a camera loitering around the back of the school.


An earlier South Yarra walk here with part two here.

21 comments:

  1. Not sure about the architecture but I do like the railings and the geraniums x

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    1. John, the railings will only be aluminium and not like the original cast iron ones, but they look fine.

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  2. Do we say you are flat and boring, I didn't know that, flat sounds pretty good to me and boring I can't give a comment as I have never been to Melbourne.
    Merle......

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    1. Merle, I have heard that said that Melbourne is very flat and compared to around the Harbour, it is, but we still have plenty of hills. Save your pennies for a Melbourne visit, but not mid winter.

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  3. Yep, that's my 'hood!

    I love the golden elm. It was transplanted there from somewhere else (I forget where) a long time ago. I think it even has a protection society, so it's a well loved tree. It's in my book of Australia's Remarkable Trees.

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    1. Jayne, I did not know it was transplanted. It has been there as long as I can remember and it is on more that one tree protection list, I think. It one of the few nice things about travelling on Punt Road.

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  4. I've been reading my kindle for just on five minutes while waiting for your photos to load and they still haven't so all I can say is you made a wise decision to put away the camera while near a school.

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    1. River, I don't think I should have to put my camera away, but discretion is easier than a chat with PC Plod and having my name taken.

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  5. You have two photos of perfectly intact Victorian homes, one free-standing and one terraced, that still look stunning. Even the wrought iron has been beautifully preserved.

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    1. Hels, and fortunately no-one thinks of demolishing two storey Victorian houses.

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  6. What an interesting tour Andrew as it's an area I've not been too. I rather like the flats in photo 1 but I'm sure that they are well into 7 figures. Oh well!

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    1. Craig, I find it hard to imagine that you would have been there. Yes, the the first block would be in seven figures each, I should think.

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  7. I have enjoyed all three strolls around South Yarra. I like seeing all the different types of housing in different suburbs and cities. A great post. My daughter used to rent a vey old workman's cottage in South Yarra. I wonder if it still there?

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    1. Diane, and isn't it marvellous to be able to walk and see interesting houses and streets and parks. Can you recall an address and I will check?

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  8. Aha! Photos! That old car looks a lot like our old Ford, K would put his foot down and we'd go from Morphett Vale to the city in about 25 minutes. People just moved out of our way and slipped in behind.
    I think that big block with only 8 apartments is nice to look at, but I agree probably expensive.
    Geraniums are tough, if trimmed and watered they'll bloom all year.

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    1. River urging K through the Adelaide traffic at high speed must have been fun.

      Our geraniums in the past, not looked after, did not flower in the winter and the leaves looked bad. They really need the sun from the west in the winter to thrive.

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  9. Part one was the pretty trip, roses, church etc..part two a bit more functional and part three above more exclusive..I feel like I've seen the many faces and diversity of South Yarra, merci beaucoup Andrew :)

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  10. Grace, I have left out one part of the tapestry that makes up the area, the high rise housing commission flats.

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  11. K needed no urging, the man was a leadfoot. Ruined many cars over several years.

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  12. Clicking 'like'!

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    1. Thanks Ian. That encourages me. Maybe I will do a South Melbourne walk soon.

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