Two single-fronted Victorian homes in Melbourne will head to auction shortly after a highly successful marketing campaign saw potential buyers flocking to inspections.
Renovators, young professional couples and investors all intend to compete for the inner-city, three-bedroom abodes at 35 Annand Street, Fitzroy North, and 112 Lennox Street, Richmond.
Biggin & Scott Richmond sales agent, Larissa Resetar, is selling 112 Lennox Street, a semi-detached red brick home with director and auctioneer Edward Hobbs.
She explains that when it comes to single-fronted Victorian period homes, emotional factors definitely come into play for buyers.
This emotion is unaffected by the properties’ small size and long, slim floorplans, which stretch to an average of just 5 metres wide. Instead, their attractive mix of traditional charm and contemporary extensions sees such houses consistently attracting abundant interest.
“There are buyers that will only buy this sort of home as they like these period details and features,” Larissa says.
“But then you’ll also get renovators and developers who keep the original features and details of the home – usually at the front, because that’s what you need to do for council approval – and then they’ll do a modern extension out the back.”
Larissa says the small size of these single-fronted Victorian homes has resulted in some interesting architecture and clever designs.
One such idea has homes extended upwards to include rooftop gardens, barbecues and even pools.
As such, the home at 112 Lennox Street is already off to a great start with its unusual loft storage space, accessed via pull-down stairs.
“If anyone wants to renovate or extend, you’ve got that roof space which makes it a lot easier,” Larissa says.
“So, if you extend the living area all the way out the back, you might still have a rooftop area on the top which becomes your outdoor area.”
For now, 112 Lennox Street boasts three sizable bedrooms with built-in robes, a living room with double-hung windows and an open fireplace, and a galley kitchen that flows to a deck and garden with pedestrian access to a laneway.
Its beautifully renovated auction neighbour at 35 Annand Street, Fitzroy North, features a gorgeous fire engine red front door, polished timber floors, a new kitchen and an equally new and stunning bathroom with a freestanding bath and double vanities.
112 Lennox Street, Richmond, and 35 Annand Street, Fitzroy North, were originally going to auction on Saturday, February 13, with price guides of $900,000-$990,000 and $1.3 million-$1.35 million respectively.
However, due to Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdown this weekend, these auction dates have now been delayed with further details still unknown at the time of writing this article.
12 Lennox Street, Richmond, Vic 3121
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Biggin & Scott Richmond
35 Annand Street, Fitzroy North, Vic 3068
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