South Yarra Social.
Where the story
In a land not too far away (only 15 minutes drive from the city), you’ll find a rich and storied
place where people seem to glide from social engagement to domestic arrangement. Within the
cluster of cafes and boutiques, there is a building covered in cascading vines that stands tall
above Toorak Road. This is Rockley Gardens, and you’re about to meet its residents as they go
about their daily business in South Yarra. Their lives intersect and overlap in fascinating ways
that will make you want to immerse yourself in this world.
— I N T R O D U C T I O N —
Gossip and greens.
Wherever their separate lives take them, Rockley Gardens residents always come together again
in the lush green surrounds of the park. Lovingly landscaped by Oculus Landscape Architecture,
it provides a picturesque place to meet, retreat and rendezvous. Step beyond the greenery and
you just might spot strangers swapping pet stories, best friends sharing secrets, mindfulness
gurus whispering affirmations or married couples strolling hand-in-hand, silently appreciating
the serenity. The rush and roar of traffic feels a million miles away, and the network of paths
within the park provide an inviting portal to the natural world.
— L I F E S T Y L E —
“His bark is worse than his bite – but his breath,
that's completely her fault. She keeps feeding him
“Darling, I’m a little concerned about all the secondhand
carbs we’re inhaling with our skinny lattes.”
“I feel like such a failure – I’ve been shopping half
my life, and I still don’t have a thing to wear.”
“Jump into the car, sweetie, we’ve just got enough time
to pick up Mummy’s dry cleaning before dropping
you off at ballet.”
“Her serves are great. Ground strokes, superb.
It’s her social faults that keep letting her down.”
“Do you sell zucchini flowers? I need half a dozen
to stuff with ricotta as hors-d’oeuvres.”
A chance encounter.
The fine art of
Rockley Gardens residents know how to make a memorable entrance, whether it’s at an
exhibition opening or a cocktail soirée. The light-filled lobby provides a daily opportunity
to practice turning heads, as well as a meeting point for residents and guests. Admiring the
sculptural centrepiece, two neighbours might discover that they’ve got multiple friends
in common or compare travel stories from exotic destinations. The apartments themselves
each feature a private balcony overlooking the garden, city or street that presents endless
opportunities for people-watching and neighbourly gossip.
— R E S I D E N C E —
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“I suppose a champagne fountain would
have been OTT. This is much nicer.”
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“Darling, I’m in the middle of my yogic meditation.
I just had to ring and tell you how great
“I had to buy the new couch suite, honey.
Now that I’m paleo, I take hunting and
gathering very seriously.”
“Five days a week, I live off canapés at opening nights,
so when I’m home, I like to enjoy the simple things,
like smoked salmon blinis.”
“I was planning to throw an extravagant party
soon, if you’d like another excuse to wear that
A cultural affair.
Secrets from the
As a suburb, South Yarra has always been in a class of its own. They say that you haven’t
shopped in Melbourne until you’ve shopped on Chapel Street and that the leafy trees in the
Botanic Gardens exhibit a distinct lean towards Toorak Road. Rockley Gardens residents love
its sense of community and cosmopolitan character, not to mention its legendary restaurants
and café culture. Their lives intertwine and their interests intersect against a backdrop of yoga
studios, iconic W-class trams and designer fashion.
— L I F E S T Y L E —
“I'm pretty sure anyone who likes action movies
doesn't get enough action in their real lives.”
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“I know the artist has to feel tortured, but why should I?”
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“The thing I love about this place is the attention to detail.
See how the waiter keeps refilling our wine glasses
without being asked?”