This imposing property with a wealth of exceptional 1880s architectural detail is undoubtedly one of the inner north's finest residences. Built by the colonial financier Samuel Lazarus, jury foreman at the trial of Ned Kelly, it became a rooming house, before being restored to its Boom period glory by the present architect owner. For many years 'Hatherlie' was a centre of Melbourne's musical and theatrical life; the drawing room has played host to Richard Bonynge, Joan Carden, Marina Prior, Ricky May and Donald Cant, among others.
Students of local history will be familiar with the house's broad tuckpointed facade, towering verandah, and cypress tree garden. Entry is to a wide reception hall with a broad return staircase ascending to the bedroom level. Opening from one side of the hall are magnificent drawing and dining rooms, separated by tall folding timber doors and featuring a highly elaborate pressed plaster ceiling. Opening from an anteroom to the front of the upper level are two superbly proportioned bedrooms -one opening to the lace-trimmed balcony with treetop views, the other with a walk-in wardrobe -and a modern bathroom. To the rear are two further bedrooms and the main bathroom.
The ground floor hall leads past a powder room and understair storage to a light-filled contemporary kitchen and informal living area, with custom-built cabinetry, polished stainless steel finishes and Gaggenau appliances, opening to an 11.4m x 3m salt water swimming pool, al fresco entertaining area and luxuriant cottage garden. A fitted laundry leads from the kitchen.
To the rear of the main dwelling are two self-contained living spaces, formerly the stables and carriage house, each configured with kitchen, bathroom, one bedroom and living room. With ample off-street parking, this section of the property offers scope for further redevelopment.
'Hatherlie' combines functional modern living with remarkable period character; fine Victorian details include ornate plasterwork, polished timber balustrading and panelling, and delicate etched glass.