Some of us might dream of being back at school occasionally, but Min Beaumont wakes up in her old classroom on Phillip Island every day.
“My lounge room is where I did grade five and six, and my bedroom is where I did grade prep,” she said.
Ms Beaumont and her family converted the circa-1922 former Newhaven Primary School building into a home almost two decades ago, and have now put it on the market.
The property at 11 Wencliff Court, Newhaven is being offered for private sale with a $750,000-$820,000 price guide.
“I absolutely love it because I like old-school stuff, and I’ve always collected old furniture,” Ms Beaumont said. “Everything in here has a bit of a story. The map on the blackboard is exactly where it was when I was a schoolgirl.”
The family recycled and repurposed everything they could from the old school — from original bag hooks to a bubble tap sink.
The front class room, now a living room, remains virtually untouched, with blackboards and a roll-down map. The wide hallway was converted to a kitchen, and the sports storeroom into a butler’s pantry. Colonial windows and original hardwood ceilings, floors and walls are the backdrop to the charming spaces.
The Beaumont family saved the school building from demolition when it was replaced 19 years ago, moving it to their block next door.
“I said to my husband ‘I think that would fit on our block and make a magnificent home’,” Ms Beaumont said.
“He said I was crazy, but if I could get it on the block he’d turn it into a house. And I got it on block.”
Over five days, the building was cut in half, put on trucks and taken across the oval to the block, arriving on New Year’s Eve 1999.
“After we got it on the block we went, ‘oh my goodness — what have we done?’,” Ms Beaumont said.
But on weekends across the next two and a half years the couple transformed the building into a much-loved home where they raised two children.
Now they are looking to downsize, and have listed the property with Eview Group Discover Residential.
Ms Beaumont hopes the buyer will be “someone who absolutely loves it and will keep it and appreciates the history and charm of it”.
Eview Group listing agent Leanne Poulton said the property’s transformation was impressive.
“They’ve made it a beautiful home,” she said. “The character of it is amazing — they’ve done a really great job.”
Ms Poulton said Newhaven was particularly appealing as a quieter pocket of the island.
There would be plenty of prospective buyers about as the tourist population boomed this summer, she added.