This Coburg house known as Antrim was built in 1882 and its owners have included the likes of William Warwick, a warder and eventual deputy governor of Pentridge Prison.
Later, 11 Gaffney St became a halfway house for inmates after they finished their sentence at the nearby penitentiary, though its current owners have since improved it a bit — adding a pool and impressive bar to the back yard.
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On the Victorian Heritage Database as a rare surviving example of a late 19th century timber villa, it is still full of character today. Ornate iron lacework graces the front veranda, picture rails ring rooms, wainscoting lines the hallways, while ceiling roses and arches adorn high ceilings.
More modern aspects include a bright kitchen with Smeg and Blanco appliances, while the period-style bathroom has been renewed in keeping with its past.
Living spaces around the home include a family room with a fireplace that adjoins the kitchen and opens to the pool and bar in the back yard. A brick fireplace in a sheltered entertainment zone ensures the 823sq m home’s outdoors appeal in any weather.
But the interior also offers plenty of room and boasts a dining room, a home office and a lounge room with a marble fireplace and extensive shelving that will have booklovers dreaming of a home library.
Two of the home’s three larger bedrooms have built-in fireplaces, and the home office or dining room could easily become a fourth.
Peter Leahy Real Estate owner Peter Leahy said the “family oasis” was “an amazing property for the money”.
“It’s got a pool and outdoor living area with a bar, plus the rooms are huge,” Mr Leahy said. “It’s a palatial Victorian home and only 9km from the CBD.”
A location opposite Coburg Lake completes the package expected to make $1.65m-$1.75m in an expressions of interest campaign closing at 5pm March 30.
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