Crowds flock to Melbourne’s one-owner retro homes

Love retro ambience? We’ve got a triple auction whammy for you! Scattered from the inner to outer suburbs in some of Melbourne’s most popular suburbs, these three homes all boast just one owner since the 1960s or ’70s.

Step back to the ’60s at 80 Clegg Road, Mount Evelyn

Take 80 Clegg Road, Mount Evelyn, for example. The enviable 10.12-hectare block, 45km east of the CBD at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, was acquired in 1962, with the four-bedroom ranch-style brick home built in 1967. Yet despite its age, the home maintains a stylish, contemporary appeal of clear, minimalist lines including lofty ceilings with exposed beams, floor-to-ceiling windows and terrazzo floor tiles. There’s a wood-burning heater, games room and an al fresco area, with the entirety surrounded by “90 per cent bush”.

Top-notch quality at 80 Clegg Road, Mount Evelyn.

According to Ray White Blackburn sales agent and senior auctioneer Allan Smith this impressive upkeep over the decades has attracted 198 inspections during the deceased estate’s market time. Seven registered bidders – mainly families – are expected at auction tomorrow.

“The whole thing is done and you could come in and wouldn’t need to do much to it,” Allan says. “The house has no comparable. It’s in a green wedge and it’s not sub-dividable.”

Light and space at 80 Clegg Road, Mount Evelyn

80 Clegg Road, Mount Evelyn goes to auction on Saturday, January 30, at 10.30am with a price guide of $1.2 million-$1.32 million and inspections on offer from 10am.

Meanwhile, another retro four-bedroom home, 16km east of the CBD, is also attracting its fair share of buyer crowds. Owned by one family for nearly 40 years, 23 Isabel Avenue, Ringwood East, is on a leafy block too, this time stretching across 607sqm.

23 Isabel Avenue, Ringwood East, is surrounded by leafy greenery.

The 1990s-bought home offers plenty of style – but admittedly needs some updating to bring it into the 2020s, with both inside and outside remaining virtually untouched for three decades. At the same time, it boasts tonnes of space plus proximity to quality schools, with Tintern Grammar at the end of the street.

Jellis Craig Ringwood sales consultant Lachlan Williams says the property’s originality has seen 150 groups through at inspections and four bidders registered for auction. He adds that while some people have been daunted about the renovations needed, others have been interested in putting their stamp on the property.

Cosy up next to the fireplace at 23 Isabel Avenue, Ringwood East.

“It does require a bit of work, like a new kitchen and bathroom, as it’s pretty original,” he says. “But some people want to keep some of the nostalgia to add a bit of character to it. And it’s in Ringwood’s green wedge and the block can’t be sub-divided.”

Senior sales colleague Sharyn de Vries says the home is well loved and lived in and offers a good floor plan.

Enjoy plenty of retro originality at 23 Isabel Avenue, Ringwood East.

“Buyers wouldn’t have to move homes for 20 years,” Sharyn says.

23 Isabel Avenue, Ringwood goes to auction on Saturday, January 30, at 11am, with a price guide of $750,000-$810,000. Inspections are on offer from 10.30am.

Inner-city retro fans can satisfy their real estate aspirations with 62 Blair Street at Coburg. Just 10 kilometres north of the Big Smoke, the four-bedroom charmer nevertheless enjoys a 733sqm block on the border of trendy Brunswick’s cafes and restaurants.

There’s retro room to spare at 62 Blair Street, Coburg

Owned by just one family since being built in 1975, the brick home features polished hardwood floors, high ceilings, large open arches, an extra-large master bedroom, video intercom, and ducted heating and cooling.

62 Blair Street, Coburg has both interior and exterior kitchens

Then there’s the fantastic large backyard, where a covered patio overlooks fruit trees, veggie patches, a wood-fired pizza oven, separate shed, external powder room and under-house cellar, while a double garage boasts an open fireplace and kitchen.

Large open archways are a prominent feature of 2 Blair Street, Coburg

Offering a price guide of $1.45 million-$1.51 million, 62 Blair Street goes to auction at Saturday, January 30, at 10am, with inspections on offer from 9.30am.

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