Restored Coburg traditional with lush gardens snapped up by green-thumb at public sale

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A RENEWED Victorian-era traditional in Coburg with lush gardens has been offered by one passionate green-thumb to a different.

The grand magnificence at 86A Gordon St, named Walham, charmed its new homeowners with its inexperienced surrounds, full with fruit bushes, vegetable patches, a characteristic pond and gazebo.

Vendor Jenny Edgar and her husband had spent their 22 years of possession restoring the landmark house and its 770sq m block to their former glory.

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Their labour of affection paid off this weekend, when the three-bedroom house offered for $1.505 million at public sale, towards a $1.46 million reserve.

Mrs Edgar mentioned the home — which was in-built 1904 by English grasp builder Robert Spurway — was “very unloved” and its yard “principally rubble” once they purchased it for $128,500 in 1996.

“It was an extremely quirky house. My uncle described it because the ugliest home he’d ever seen,” she mentioned.

The couple went on to rework the dilapidated residence right into a period-style marvel, which attracted three bidders below the hammer.

Its highlights included entrance and rear verandas, a separate studio bed room and an open hearth in a comfortable formal front room.

Purchaser Caroline, who didn’t need her surname revealed, mentioned the house’s heritage and unimaginable gardens gained her household over after six months of househunting.

“I’m such a inexperienced thumb and I gained’t be altering a factor to the gardens out the again,” she mentioned.

Caroline mentioned she could be shifting into the house from North Melbourne along with her husband, two grownup kids and the household canine.

She gained the public sale with a knockout $4000 bid — a giant elevate from the $1000 affords being positioned by her two rivals — in entrance of a crowd of greater than 40.

Ian Reid vendor advocate Michael Collins mentioned the distributors had been unhappy to go away the heritage house they’d introduced again to life, however had been wanting ahead to a sea change.

Nelson Alexander auctioneer Jonathan West mentioned the property provided beneficiant residing house on an exquisite block of land.

“This property has been renovated to inside an inch of its life and is faultless,” he mentioned.


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