Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Some of you, ok, perhaps one, expressed some interest in this very narrow building at 82 Flinders Street, Melbourne. Fire Fighting Nephew would like to own one as a city pad.

The building width is about five metres, about sixteen feet. I stepped it out. It must be the narrowest apartment building in the city. It is very visible if you pass by in a train.


The building is known as Phoenix. Risen from the ashes? While it has some note for being such a skinny building, it is nothing special. Rent a one bedroom for $560 per week. Buy a two double bedroom, $750,000. The car park has a car stacker. While that appeals to my mechanical interests, I think it would be a pain in the arse. I am not sure that I really like the look of this particular apartment. Maybe others are nicer.



It is a very good location though, and you would have a superb view of the Flinders Street railway yards. Actually, the views looking beyond would be pretty good. 

While I know highrise living is not for everyone, we (well one of us) adjusted to it very well, as have Jackie and John in Toronto. 

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  1. Five metres wide does seem very narrow for such a tall building, can you tell me how deep it is? My own one bedroom unit is only five metres wide and seven metres deep if you include the back porch, so living in such a small space isn't terribly hard unless one has too many possessions. I also don't particularly like the exterior, but you can't see it once you're inside, so I'd say it's acceptable if that's the area you want to and can afford to, live in. I'll check out that Toronto link.

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    1. River, looking at a satellite photo, it is about four times as deep as it is wide. Our Hairdresser Friend has a place about the size of yours, but I don't think it has a seperate bedroom.

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  2. I love what I call "New York movies" because it always amazes me how much stuff people mange to cram into small spaces and still have it look cozy and nice.

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    1. Hi Forsythia, I don't see many American movies, but small spaces can be used very wisely. Just look at what can be fitted into caravans/trailers.

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    2. Visit an Ikea store and see how much they fit into a display room about the size of my lounge room, which is about 11sqm and they have smaller areas crammed with stuff too.

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  3. You make it look attractive.....do any apartment has a dog?

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    1. John, at the moment it is up to the building's Owners' Corporation or Body Corporate, but the state government is introducing legislation to give people a right to have pets. There are plenty of dogs in our building, some even with four feet.

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  4. Not for me.
    I demand (rather than need) more space than that.

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    1. EC, it is amazing how you can adapt. We once had a huge house but were probably happier in our more modest last house that was perhaps one third the size.

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    2. What is the overall size of your space now? If I measured correctly, I've got about 38sqm, roughly 400sq feet I think.

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    3. I think our is 113sqm plus 5 for the balcony.

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  5. Like the photo angle of the apartment.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Thanks Dora. It is interesting if nothing else.

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  6. My goodness! That is narrow. I think I would feel claustrophobic within a very short time.

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    1. Lee, unfortunately a floor plan did not pop up. It rather depends how the space is arranged. I can see there might be natural light problems.

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  7. 'Tis indeed narrow not for me though, but each to his own.

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    1. Margaret, good. You won't be agitating for high rise apartments in your city.

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  8. I always thought that living in a flat would too cramped, but as I approach retirement, living in a full family house is seeming increasingly wasteful. Your photos look fresh, airy and open, and the location is great. But I would want either a private balcony next to the lounge room or a shared roof top garden.

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    1. Hels, in an apartment you don't need a lot of space but you need to be well organised. Our balcony is small but no one can really see us, unless they try. It is amazing what you can cull and amazing what you can store.

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  9. Sometimes I think I would enjoy apartment living and then I think of my dog and the garden. Mmmmm ????

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    1. Lady J, you can have a dog here and everyone in the lift will love you and your dog for a 1.5 seconds per floor. City of Melbourne, Parks Victoria and City of Port Phillip manage and maintain our very large gardens/parks.

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    2. Well .... its looking better - I thought people would not like a dog there.

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  10. Wow! This looks pretty interesting and a fun place to live! Thanks for the great pics! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, maybe not for us though.

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  11. That is an extraordinary building Andrew, was nice to have a peek inside! Sometimes I love the idea of apartment living, but like Lady J I would miss my garden, even though it can be exhausting ☺

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    1. Grace, one day you will reach middle age and find it is all too much a bother.

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  12. 16 feet, that's not bad. Thanks for finding this out. I think I'd like it just fine. I've lived in very small places, and for a decade on the 5th floor of a 6 floor building. That's not high, by your standards.

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    1. Not so high, but you would have a lift I imagine.

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    2. Yes, although it constantly broke and often stuck people. Good exercise though, taking the stairs, and not so many floors, at 5.

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    3. Good exercise? Fourth storey, no lift, nearly killed us in NYC.

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