May 31, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
The rooftop garden of the Boldiston apartment in Melbourne, Australia, is an urban oasis filled with the homeowners’s collective finds, including an outdoor lamp sourced from Stockroom in Kyneton, “a birthday present from my lovely wife,”says Mark Boldiston.
The three bedroom city apartment is in original condition–with the exception of the rooftop–which was redone and landscaped in late 2009 with the help of Greenbits and Fitzroy Nursery. The ornamental metal screens offer privacy and also define the dining area with an overhead cover, from which the outdoor lamp hangs over the table.
Mr. Boldiston makes a strong case for city living. When asked why he loves living there, he says, “We’re in the middle of the city action when you walk out the front door, but far enough removed from the hustle and bustle when we take the elevator up to our home. We’re less than five minutes from work (no commute!!!!!!). Everything is on our doorstep – food, fashion, theatre, music, life with some of the biggest backyards in the world a short stroll away (Royal Botanic Gardens.)”