Talk shop in a clas­sic

His­tory abounds in a unique home, writes Amy Noonan.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Classic - MILE END

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.

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