The Ideas Dispenser Heritage Studio is a full fledged one bedroom, unfurnished apartment, located in a heritage listed building known as Henty House. Our online research on the building on 501 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 revealed its name was taken from an 1800s merchant family, who also had the adjacent lane named after them, so we know the Henty family must have had some influence or presence over that part of Melbourne CBD.
Most indicative of the real age of the building was from the Heritage Victoria website where it stated “The pastorialists Henty family established James Henty & Co., a merchant and shipping agency in Little Collins Street in 1851.” So the Henty House building today or the site it sits on could date all the way back to 1851, which is why we’ve decided to brand the apartment “Heritage Studio”.
A Grander Entrance
You’re welcomed by two ornate concrete vase sculptures, and then up a flight of steps as if you were entering a municipal building.
Once you get past the sliding doors, you’ll notice the thick and bold stripe pattern on the marble slabs in the landing which is flanked by vintage wooden letterboxes on both sides. Very quaint, and very charming. The marble flooring continues into the main reception and lift lobby area, also decked out with painted wooden panel walls.
Most service stairwells are quite drab; not the one at Henty House above. The timber handrail of the service stairs of the building is a highlight, who knew using the service stairs would be a delight.
What you’ll get
The Ideas Dispenser Heritage Studio is a one bedroom, unfurnished apartment in Henty House, a low rise, heritage listed building on Little Collins Street, in the heart of the CBD.
- Located just off the lift landing on Level 1, you don’t have to walk past many neighbours to get to the apartment
- The building has a track record of being occupied by mainly mature, adult home owners. You’ll be sharing the block with people who care about the building, not short-stay party goers who are ruining the other high rise towers in the CBD as commonly reported in the media
- A boutique block of over 70 apartments, unlike those mega skyscraper apartments where you’re sharing the block with 1000 apartment residents, you decide which is better?
- Generally quiet at night as it’s not located at main thoroughfare such as Swanston, Russell or Little Bourke Streets
- Small gym located in the basement
- No car park space but seriously, you don’t need a car given the transport links, free CBD tram travel, walking proximity to Flinders and Spencer Street stations
- High ceilings, over 3 metres in height
- Recently painted and re-carpeted (floor boards in the kitchen)
- Separate kitchen, lounge and bedroom, not one of those open plan apartments where they expect you to fit these zones into a matchbox.
- Generous bathroom with laundry sink, washing machine outlets and toilet. With storage and shelving
- Old school style windows reminiscent of school buildings in the 80s
- Ample cupboard storage in the bedroom
- Dishwasher, oven and ample storage in the kitchen
- Electric wall mounted heater in the lounge, the concrete walls of apartment that make up the exterior walls of the building really help to keep the heat out in summer and the warmth in during winter.
Why live here?
Alright, if you’re after skyscraper, high rise type views, extensive balconies, indoor heated pools, this isn’t for you. But if you’re sick of the following:
- Sharing your block with 1000 other occupants, seeing countless unrecognisable strangers in your building lobby
- Taking forever to step into the lift because there are so many occupants and floors that the lift has to serve, you always have to wait
- A gym that is always crowded or busy
- A block filled with numerous short-stay tenants like a backpackers or hostel
Then come and have a look at our place. You’ll feel the difference. We know because we’ve lived in the apartment ourselves before, we’ve met the neighbours who are owner/occupiers next door. We’ve also met the lovely building managers Don and Marie. So very helpful. This is a place where the occupants are proud to call Henty House home.
Recent rejuvenation of the shops right at the doorstep of the building brings cafes (we particularly like Brioche by Philip at St James Building), restaurants has improved the lifestyle options of residents.
Close proximity to trams, hop on one on Bourke Street or Collins Street, you’ll be going everywhere in no time. Or walk down to the Yarra River and head over to the Southbank precinct. The major train hub Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street is approximately five minutes away where there’s also a Coles Supermarket located in the complex.
Rent is $360 per week for 6 – 12 month lease.
Viewing can ONLY be arranged by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price correct as at 6 February 2016. All furnishings and accessories that appear in the above pictures of the apartment are styling suggestions only and are not provided.
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