A SHIFT IN TIME

A re­lo­cated pe­riod gem from the north is tempt­ing ing buy­ers in Mel­bourne’s south­west

Herald Sun - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS: SA­MAN­THA LANDY

THIS house isn’t like the oth­ers in Al­tona — and for a good rea­son.

The pretty dou­ble-fronted Vic­to­rian was picked up, put on a truck and trans­ported from its orig­i­nal block in Thorn­bury to its cur­rent bay­side lo­ca­tion in 2002.

De­spite be­ing a fix­ture of Up­ton St for 14 years, the four-bed­room home re­mains an out­sider in the western sub­urb, where pe­riod res­i­dences are ba­si­cally non-ex­is­tent.

But Hock­ing Stu­art, Wil­liamstown, di­rec­tor An­thony Anile said the

prop­erty’s rar­ity just added to its charm. “The house is im­mac­u­late. It’s got pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing orig­i­nal pressed me­tal ceil­ings, ” Mr Anile said.

“It’s also got the bay­side lo­ca­tion

and coastal vil­lage at­mos­phere.”

He said the owner’s had given it a to­tal makeover since buy­ing it in 2009.

The im­prove­ments in­cluded up­dat­ing the bath­rooms and kitchen, beau­ti­fully land­scap­ing the 1025sq m block, and adding a self-con­tained stu­dio or games room with ad­join­ing garage out the back.

Mr Anile said there was still enough room in the back­yard to add a pool.

The home also of­fers four full-size bed­rooms, in­clud­ing a mas­ter with en­suite and walk-in robes, a gen­er­ous open-plan kitchen and din­ing area, and a sep­a­rate liv­ing room.

Mr Anile said he ex­pected the house to be sought by fam­i­lies as it of­fered “so much space”.

The de­mo­graphic was grad­u­ally gen­tri­fy­ing the sub­urb, which of­fered an af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to other Hob­sons Bay post­codes Wil­liamstown and New­port. “When I started work­ing here 15 years ago, the av­er­age re­ten­tion rate for houses was 10 years and an older de­mo­graphic dom­i­nated,” he said. “That has changed. It’s not as gen­tri­fied as Yar­rav­ille or Footscray, but we’re start­ing to see more fam­i­lies.”

Mr Anile said if the home sur­passed its price hopes of $1.8 mil­lion-plus, the sale would mark a new record for Al­tona, off the wa­ter­front.

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