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