"Braeside" at 229 Buckley Street, Essendon, was built for Mrs. Margaret Smith in 1904. It is important as a substantial Federation period villa of the period, recalling the earliest phases in the development of Buckley Street (Criterion A) and distinguished by its use of slate and bluestone, both materials being suggestive of its quite early date in the evolution of the Australian Federation Style.
A large Federation period tuck pointed red brick villa with corner verandah and faceted corner bay and projecting half timbered gable ended wings on an axe finished bluestone plinth. There is stuccoed banding and a niche by the front door whilst the windows to the wings have round arches. The verandah is carried on turned timber posts with a curved ladder frieze and horseshoe motif to the entry, the slate roof having terra cotta ridge cresting and prominent tall chimneys with stuccoed strapwork.