From Italy to Melbourne: warehouse conversion owned by creative and fashion couple capturing attention

A flashy double-storey Melbourne apartment owned by photographer Wayne Fogden and Bras N Things group general manager Kate Hann is captivating buyers.

The two-bedroom warehouse conversion at 202/8 Bligh Place featuring a lounge room rock garden and lizard-shaped light fixtures is for sale with $2.7m-$2.9m price hopes.

Specialising in portraiture, fashion and travel photography, Fogden’s long-term project involves documenting grand Italian palazzos, villas and theatres including the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Parma’s Teatro Regio “where Verdi used to hang out” and Florence’s Palazzo Corsini previously owned by the legendary Medici dynasty.

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He also photographed Rome’s Palazzo Colonna where a scene from the iconic Roman Holiday movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck was filmed.

Fodgen said he and Ms Hann loved their home located in a circa-1880s building but were moving to Sydney for work.

When the couple first saw the apartment they were impressed by its Murano glass chandelier.

“We liked the idea of an old building with an old chandelier,” Fogden said.

“What I like about the apartment is the 12 foot (3.65m) ceilings and all the spaces are very large and the lounge has got a rock garden.

“Behind that was what I call my ‘cave’, it would make a great home office or could be converted to a third bedroom.”

Fogden said he and his wife liked the quiet of their 215sq m apartment “sanctuary” thanks to its double glazed windows.

They have enjoyed preparing dinner parties in the kitchen which is located on a tier and fitted with stone and stainless-steel finishes, a Smeg gas cook top and Miele oven.

“Because it is open space you can prepare the food like you’re on a stage, for people sitting at the table it’s almost like you’re performing for them,” Fogden said.

He and Ms Hann have discovered a “a great sense of community” in Melbourne, becoming good friends with local restaurateurs and fashion doyenne Christine Barrow of Christines on Collins.

RT Edgar Albert Park director Gerald Betts said the “artistic and creative” apartment had attracted interest from buyers including couples.

“It’s a rare listing, certainly because of the large size of the apartments and the fact there are only 20 in the building,” Mr Betts said.

“You do certainly get the ‘wows’ because of the ceiling height and configuration of the property.”

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