We took a short tram trip to Chapel Street, Windsor, although we crossed over to the East St Kilda side of The Great Three Chain Dandenong Road. I was going to tell the story here of this part of Dandenong Road, but I will save it for a separate post. This wall on the bridge over the Sandringham train line is relatively new compared to the wall on the other side of the road. It is a horrible textured brick of a nondescript greyish brown. Although it remained graffiti free for many years, finally it received some white paint tagging and it looked awful. Now this quite brilliant work has been painted on the wall. I am pleased.
We strolled along Dandenong Road, past Presentation College.
We crossed Dandenong Road and here is where we are visiting, Ardoch.
Ardoch is a residential enclave with a very nice central park like garden.
While some may appear to be freestanding houses, as far as I can see, they are all apartments. I can't find the information now, but I believe there are 92 apartments of high quality in the Arts and Crafts style.
There were once two mansions on the site, with one mansion subdivided into apartments and still existing, and the other demolished to make space for more apartments, sometime between the wars. Information about Ardoch mostly from St Kilda Historical Society website.
In 1949 the whole site was bought by insurance company, CSL. It was renamed Ardoch and soon deteriorated. Greedy big business at work
In around 1977 the site was bought by the Victorian Education Department and turned into a school for disadvantaged and troubled children. Some of Ardoch remained residential to keep some life at the site out of school hours. It was a caring and gentle school in nice surroundings for the children who really needed such an environment to build their self esteem and life skills.
Dictator and all round nasty bloke, Premier Kennett, in the 1990s sold off what the government owned at Ardoch and the school closed.
Subsequently it was briefly owned by a government agency, the Urban Land Authority.
With strict heritage controls, it is again an estate of private apartments for the rich. I must say, I found the whole site very appealing and I think it would be a nice place to live.
Two bedroom, one bathroom, one car space, hydronic heating (rare in Australia) about $870,000. The same in our building, sans hydronic but with heating/cooling air con for a modern apartment would be about $650,000.
At 109 Station Street, Burwood, we built our front decking and garden around a wonderful crab apple tree. Subsequent owners had the most beautiful shaped, shady in summer and blooming in spring, crab apple tree removed. Crab Apples were blooming beautifully at Ardoch when we were there a couple of months ago.