Prahran 19 Hornby Street
“Brabourne” Circa 1881
A Prahran landmark since 1881, this grand and imposing two-storey four-bedroom Victorian residence offers beautiful family accommodation, lovely natural light from the north, east and west, and city and park views from the upper-level. Steeped in history, Brabourne was built on land originally owned by John Pascoe Fawkner, co-founder, with John Batman, of the city of Melbourne and spent a decade as the headquarters of book publishers Lloyd O’Neil and John Currey. The works of some of Australia’s best-known authors – including Alan Marshall and Frank Hardy – were prepared here, alongside many flamboyant literary parties. Today the house provides an enticing family living environment with northern frontage to McIlwrick Street. With a slate roof and bluestone foundations, Brabourne retains a wealth of period detail including the original marble floored entrance foyer and splendid Victorian staircase. Elegant north-facing formal living and dining rooms are gracious spaces for entertaining; while an inviting granite kitchen and family living and dining zone features bi-fold doors that glide open to a western entertaining deck and landscaped garden lined with espalier citrus. A ground-floor study with library shelving complements four bedrooms including the palatial main bedroom framing the city skyline to the north and park to the east. In addition, this illustrious home is well appointed for modern living with remote gates to off-street parking, period style bathroom, powder room, laundry, external store room, ducted heating and reverse-cycle air conditioning. Located in highly sought after Windsor end of Prahran directly opposite Chris Gahan Reserve and just a short stroll away from Chapel and Greville Streets, Prahran Market, cafes, The Astor Theatre, tram routes, trains and a choice of schools, Brabourne is primed for a superb family lifestyle.