The architectural team behind Melbourne’s notably popular Mr Miyagi & Yukie’s Snack Bar, P-E-K Studio, has collaborated with one of Melbourne’s emerging development groups, FHL, to deliver an unprecedented series of contemporary designed apartments in Melbourne’s inner north.


FHL brings together dynamic entrepreneurs Tom Howgate and Edward Love, who have united to create a unique series of sustainably built residences for young professionals like themselves. Located in the burgeoning suburb of Thornbury, Frances is an exceptional compilation of eight exclusive residences that have been carefully designed to create a space that will appeal to a savvy group of buyers who prioritise an urban lifestyle.


Paying homage to the building’s original 1970’s brick façade, the exterior and interior visage remains completely intact and serves as the foundation for the development’s rebirth. Aimed at ensuring liveability is the paramount design feature, the series will offer residents a fresh interior colour scheme, refined timber floor boards, integrated Bosch and Ariston appliances and floorto-ceiling bathroom tiling that that is visually appealing as well as functional. Natural light and abundant space is maximised in every one of the eight-series apartments.


When pioneering the initial design and concept for Frances, Directors Tom Howgate and Edward Love said they were motivated to create a series of residences that evoke seamless functionality, sustainability and clever design. “We are delivering a classic series of double brick apartments that have been re-designed and configured to complement today’s lifestyle and necessities. These types of inner city homes don’t exist as an off-the-plan product, so Frances is real a point of difference to other developments coming up in the area” says Howgate.  Love continued “It was fortunate we were able to collaborate with renowned architects who shared our passion for sustainability and quality design. Delivering a project that incorporated contemporary features and exceptional liveability was an outstanding result.”

The series will also offer secured parking, generous sized courtyards and in-built decking to accompany the detailed landscaping for residents on the ground floor.
Frances is situated with proximity to High Street cafes, shops and restaurants. Conveniently positioned for easy access, the project is only moments away from Thornbury station, the number 86 tram, esteemed private schools and Melbourne University.




Completed units are ready to inspect at 104 Gooch Street Thornbury. The development comprises eight exclusive apartments across two levels with a mix of one, two bedroom apartments starting from $399,000. Any floor plan enquiries can be requested via email from Tom Howgate at tom@fhl.net.au


FHL specialises in delivering exceptionally designed spaces that embody sustainability, clever design and liveability for a new age of millennial property purchasers. Founders Edward Love and Tom Howgate share a passion for developing quality buildings in inner urban areas and tailoring bespoke living environments specifically to north-side residents.

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