The Ruby Street dates back to 1905 and was completed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Garvanza District of Highland Park. However, the converted church has recently undergone a complete renovation by Los Angeles practice Working Holiday Studio and interior designer Francesca de la Fuente.
We featured their adaptive reuse of the building back in April 2020 – and it’s now on the market through Louise Leach of DeasyPennerPodley / the Erbe+Blackham Team for $3.249m.
Used as a coworking hub, event space and meeting spot for artists, musicians and creatives, the building has adjusted to its new role while retaining vestiges of its past. Spectacular stained glass windows bathe interiors in a colourful glow. The space is furnished with refectory-style tables, vintage chairs, shelving and bespoke fixtures – many of which are for sale on The Ruby’s website.
What we didn’t mention previously is that, in addition to the event and coworking space, there’s also a 1,900 sq ft one-bedroom live/work space tucked below, with a large bathroom and kitchen.
Both levels have open plans with white-washed walls and fresh wooden floors. While the loft-style apartment doesn’t have the same cathedral ceilings as the public area, it does have rustic beams and a multitude of windows that flood the lateral space with light.
The Ruby Street sits on an 11,000 sq ft lot with manicured lawns surrounded by hedges, ensuring privacy for events and inhabitants.