Talk shop in a classic
History abounds in a unique home, writes Amy Noonan.
IT HAS been a butcher’s shop, Greek delicatessen and Italian Communist Party headquarters. Since 1999, the classic Mile End shop-front villa on Ebor Ave has been home to Jackie Cook.
‘‘I walked in and said ‘gotta have this one’,’’ Dr Cook says.
‘‘You get incredible flexibility because the rooms are big but they also have interesting corners and spaces.
‘‘I’ve used the shop as an office, a study-library.’’
Underneath the shop area is a cellar of the same size, which Dr Cook has used for books and wine.
The home is currently configured as two bedrooms, a formal dining room, living area and kitchen.
Classic features include a wooden ceiling, ceiling roses and a functioning cream and green Metters wood stove. Next to this is a modern Smeg electric
Address: 28 Ebor Ave.
Type: Shop-front villa. Land: 324sq m. Agent: Cocks Auld Real Estate, ph 8272 6789, David Cocks 0418 812 181, Tobi Wyman 0430 006 282. Open: Noon to 12.45pm today. Price guide: $498,500. oven and gas cooktop. There are three verandas around the home and the garden is filled with roses and grapevines.
Originally from New Zealand, Dr Cook is now ‘‘reverse migrating’’ to live in a converted barn on a mountain.
But that’s the only reason she’s selling Ebor Ave.
‘‘Otherwise I would not be leaving this place,’’ she says.