53 Buckingham Street, Footscray 3011

53 Buckingham Street, Footscray 3011 (Photo supplied)

Carole Levy

This is a corker of a pad for a young couple – who’ll be able to claim their patch as one of the coolest in an ever-cooler, ever-artier suburb. Everything’s on the doorstep here, plus you get a glimpse from your bedroom balcony of the Doggies’ famed kennel.

The station (12 minutes to Southern Cross) and Victoria Street’s well-regarded eats are within five-minute meanders, while Barkly Street cafes, bars and multicultural vibe is the same by bike. Huge lifestyle ticks.

The home’s ground floor is dedicated to flexible living zones, plus a powder room. Beautiful hardwood floorboards juxtapose with a white-on-white palette and flow through a sitting room, past hardwood stairs (with glass baluster), and on to the kitchen and dining area.

The straight-line kitchen, facing out to both zones, has white seamless cabinetry and a mirror splashback bouncing around easterly light. A stone bench, concealed dishwasher, underbench oven and gas cooktop are along for the easy ride.

At the top of those lovely stairs, there are two spacious, grey-carpeted bedrooms, each with built-in robe, and split-system – bringing the count to three all up.

The white/soft-grey shared bathroom is large and bright, with tub, a big shower with dual fittings, and floating vanity unit.

Bifolds the full width of the living domain open to a deck, a private space for a barbie and sitting around a local craft brew. Just add some snazzy pot plants to create the indoor/outdoor feel everyone covets – and, obviously, to make the snags (there’ll likely be artisan snags available in this pocket of town) and the coldies taste even better.

The pristine plaster-lined garage, with internal access, has grey floor tiles, and concealed laundry and storage space. It could serve as a home office or business, subject to council approval.

And just to accentuate the property’s location cred, it’s just 15 minutes down Footscray Road to Docklands.

Sweeney Footscray: 9689 8388

Price: $720,000 – $790,000

Auction: March 28 at 1pm