Emmaline Carroll Southwell: TikToker parts with viral Richmond pad

Bromley does Burnley inside 709/8 Howard St, Richmond.

Children’s author and TikTok star Emmaline Carroll Southwell has sold the Richmond apartment where she made it big in lockdown.

The mother of three and her family became an internet sensation with the murals they created on their home’s floor while stuck at home.

The fabric scenes featured Harper, 12, Levi, 6, and Violet, 4, travelling everywhere from Sydney Harbour, to Abbey Road, and to a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

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Cool kids on Abbey Road. Picture: Instagram

The views were a drawcard for buyers.

She also penned her hit children’s book, Our Family Pledge, at the two-storey abode at 709/8 Howard St, which is under contract for about $1.3m-$1.35m.

“We called it our little pandemic palace, but it was still three kids in a somewhat small place, although it’s pretty large by Richmond standards,” she told Property Confidential.

“Being able to see the city and outside world from the apartment, and feel like you’re still in a place with a pulse, really, really helped.”

A contemporary kitchen and open-plan floorplan.

Plenty of space to travel the universe from the floorboards.

The Howard St building.

The three-bedroom property is next to the Yarra River where Church St becomes Chapel St, with views taking in the neighbouring nature and CBD skyline.

Ms Carroll Southwell said lockdown was “little kids and chaos” for her and husband Kenny, and she began the floor murals as a creative person stuck at home and family activity.

“Our little urban oasis has a lot of little stories, so it’s very sad to leave, but it’s definitely the right time for us,” she said.

Emmaline Carroll Southwell and family. Picture: Instagram

Whitefox agent Nathan Verwoert said the apartment attracted “a really broad spread” of buyers including young families who “still wanted to be inner city”, with the views a big drawcard.

Ms Carroll Southwell now has more than 600,000 followers on TikTok after downloading it during lockdown. Her and her children revealed their family’s “mission statement” by way of a poem on the platform, which became a viral video and then a book deal.

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