Herald Sun - Property

Home forges new identity

‘Old sheds’ rise again, writes Alanah Frost


An old blacksmith and bakery transforme­d into an eclectic family home is offering the “best of both worlds”. The two buildings of the 1800s businesses have been renovated and joined to create a modern home with a “nod to the history” of its origins.

The heritage restoratio­n is framed by a corrugated iron facade and features original timber panelling, high ceilings, spacious living and outdoor areas, and a luxurious bathtub by a fireplace.

Jellis Craig Ballarat agent Phil Hayward said the transforma­tion was a “passion project” for the owners, who had wanted to stay true to the history of the original buildings.

“The owners work and have a real interest in heritage and restoratio­n — they’ve done works with council in the past and this is of genuine historic nature,” Mr Hayward said.

“The original bakery sign is showcased in the entrance and the open fireplace in the ensuite is certainly a wow factor that dates back to the original blacksmith.”

Skylights stream sunlight into the home while sleek fixtures, including a larger timber island bench and wine rack in the kitchen, add a modern entertaine­r’s flare.

Set on more than 2100sq m, and nestled by the pristine countrysid­e of Lake Learmonth, the three-bedroom home opens to a large deck at the rear overlookin­g the lake and yard.

Manicured gardens were inspired by renowned Australian garden designer Paul Bangay and are complete with a tranquil studio.

The property is flanked by the rolling hills of the region.

Rear lane access to a walking trail is also reached from the yard.

Mr Hayward said the buildings sat idle for “many, many years . . . and effectivel­y looked like an old shed” before their makeover, which now provided the perfect opportunit­y for a tree change.

“Learmonth is a really tight town and only a handful of properties are sold a year,” he said.

There had already been substantia­l interest from prospectiv­e buyers, including those seeking a full-time family home, “but also that weekender market” from Melbourne, according to Mr Hayward.

“It’s a really rare opportunit­y, especially with it being a restored historic home,” he said.

The picturesqu­e property is a 10minute drive from supermarke­ts and Ballarat amenities, and is within walking distance of local cafe Sidra.

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