It has been modernised (bankerised even) by the current residents and now features a Moroccan style bathroom which I rather like, just because it is brave:
and rooms like this with perfect dark floorboards and great lighting:
and even a roof top deck and pool:
But in 1890 life would have moved at a different pace.
The bay side beaches would not have been particularly crowded, but still full of ladies in lace dresses or bathing suits, dipping their toes in the chilly water. There would have been no syringes on the beach, or loud jet skis, or sun worshippers baking their skin. Just the gentle lap of the tide and the sound of cockatoos in the background.
(Rickett's Point by Charles Conder, 1890)
You would have attended the theatre on a regular basis. Here, at the Theatre Royal, the pantomime 'Cinderella, Gold and Silver and the Little Glass Slipper' had a successful run in January of 1890, with actors specially imported from the UK:
For the nanny to read to your children at night, you may have bought this little ABC and nursery rhyme book printed on linen:
If you were lucky enough to have servants, they would have shopped at the Fish Market in Flinders Street, brand new in 1890 and demolished in the 1970's:
And if you were very adventurous you may have ventured to Chinatown in Little Bourke Street, and seen something as exotic as this:
(Chinese figures in doorway including two children, c 1900 courtesy Museum of Chinese Australian History)
but best of all, a short stroll from Avoca Street, were the Royal Botanic Gardens, for picnicking, and sitting in a shady glen, and still the same today:
(Images: (1)-(4) Kay & Burton (5) National Gallery of Victoria (6) Theatre in Melbourne 1890 (7) Brian Di Mambro Rare Books (8) Walking Melbourne (9) Chinese \ Australian Museum (10) Flickr