This is one of those period homes, dotted all through Willy, which not long ago was down-at-heel and waiting for someone to spot its potential fabulousness. It’s now been well and truly claimed and transformed into a chic delight for Millennial and downsizer alike.

Except for a pair of fireplaces, everything inside is contemporary-luxe. High ceilings have square-set cornices, and windows are dressed in either white plantation shutters or drifty soft-grey drapes, while Sydney blue gum floorboards laid all through add their warmth and richness to the cool palette of greys, charcoal and white.

 

41 Cecil Street, Williamstown, 3016

 

The three spacious bedrooms flank the entry hall, including two with robes and gas fireplaces. Those two share a stylish bathroom across the way from the smart laundry, just before the living domain emerges.

The street-facing main bedroom, with walk-in robe, has a gorgeous en suite. This is fully tiled in matte-greys and white, with a dual-basin floating vanity in timber matching the recessed mirror frame above, along with a walk-in shower and an oval freestanding tub.

At the centre of dining and sitting areas – each with bifolds to a courtyard – the kitchen, with a butler’s pantry, is a cracker. Seamless Shaker-style cabinetry in matte-charcoal, and a stone-topped island bench for four accompany Smeg appliances – and it’s all family-practical and entertainment-swank.

Speaking of entertainment, the walled courtyard out back is a lovely space which, with its south-easterly aspect bringing a measure of coolness to hot summers, is perfect for gatherings. Decking is underfoot, wooden seating runs along a wall, a nascent vine is winding up another, and there’s plenty of room for setting up lounging and dining zones.

Perks include a wine cellar (descent near the kitchen), roof storage and gas ducted heating and refrigerated cooling.

There’s also a large lock-up garage, accessed via an automatic front gate.

Another giant tick for the property is its locale: it is within a five-minute saunter of Nelson Place eateries (where relative newcomer Porters is making a splash from breakfast through dinner), Commonwealth Reserve and waterfront one way, and Williamstown station the other.

 

41 Cecil Street, Williamstown, 3016 (Photo supplied)

41 Cecil Street, Williamstown, 3016 (Photo supplied)

41 Cecil Street, Williamstown, 3016 (Photo supplied)

41 Cecil Street, Williamstown, 3016 (Photo supplied)

41 Cecil Street, Williamstown, 3016 (Photo supplied)

41 Cecil Street, Williamstown, 3016 (Photo supplied)