Red Mill! Music chef Alinta Chidzey bids farewell to chic Ripponlea apartment

Red Mill! Music star Alinta Chidzey is selling the Ripponlea apartment where she did a Zoom audition for the show’s lead role.

Chidzey played Satine, portrayed by Nicole Kidman in the film Moulin Rouge, in the Melbourne series and is now appearing in the Sydney production.

The multi-award winning artist has performed in several other stage shows including Broadway to Oz, Chicago and Hugh Jackman’s West Side Story.

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Chidzey and her husband, composer and saxophonist Remco Keijzer, have put their stylish two-bedroom apartment in 8/120 Brighton Road in the market with price hopes of $615,000 to $640,000.

During a Covid-19 lockdown, Chidzey sang, performed and danced in her living room for the Moulin Rouge audition.

“My husband also did a lot of music there for the band we’re in together, Alinta and the Jazz Emperors,” Chidzey said.

The couple are moving to a bigger property so Keijzer can have a music room and an office, and their baby girl will have more space as she grows.

Chidzey lived in the apartment for 10 years, but her best friend Rachel Bickerton, who worked in real estate in New York before Covid-19, renovated the property around 1970 this year and styled and staged the apartment ahead of its August 13 auction.

“It made the place magical and people fall in love when they walk in,” Chidzey said.

“The living room is so beautiful, especially at sunset, there is a lot of light coming in.

“Because of all the surrounding trees changing color, you feel like you’re in a tree house.”

Trendy black faucets have been installed in the bathroom and soft-closing drawers and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

An office nook with a built-in wooden desk and shelving now features in the large hallway.

Chidzey said she liked the apartment’s location close to the beach and its “great neighbors” in the complex who together created a communal vegetable garden.

Julian Cannata, agent for Belle Property St Kilda, said the renovation of the house had made it popular with couples and first-time home buyers.

“A lot of people liked the access to public transport and to the village of Ripponlea, Ripponlea train station is just minutes away and Rippon Lea Estate is right next door,” Mr. Cannata said.

The apartment has a balcony, heating and air conditioning, laundry, intercom and parking.

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