Glam & refined in Footscray

1/13 Essex Street, Footscray 3011 (Photo: Supplied)

Carole Levy

A cold ale might still be poured in the cute-as top-floor terrace, but the former Albert Hotel, built circa 1860, is now a glam, refined residence that’s all about today.

Beyond the beautiful facade, thankfully intact as a reminder of its rich history at a time when miners would return to Melbourne with the wealth of gold in their pockets to have a coldie at the Albert, the property is well ready to welcome new owners who value stylish, contemporary 

Ceiling roses on three-metre ceilings, an exposed brick wall, and tall sashed windows merely hint at its former self, while all else is sleek and set within a soft-grey and white colour palette.

The ground floor is dedicated to the three fitted, grey-carpeted bedrooms, a study area with two work stations, plus a chic fully tiled bathroom with lovely vanity and timeless chrome fittings.

The living domain, as well as a powder room, fill the entire upstairs space. The sitting area is carpeted (and has the exposed brick wall), while dark floorboards anchor the kitchen and dining zone, the latter marked by a fab pendant that subtly points to the abode’s history.

A waterfall Caesarstone island bench, abundant streamlined cabinetry, and Smeg appliances – including a steam oven and warming tray – shape the kitchen into an enviable space for cook and entertainer.

A large cellar has been converted to a gym, and there’s a parking space out back.

Transport, shops and West Footscray’s thriving café scene are all within a stroll of this unique landmark property.