A townhouse project left abandoned for years has risen to shine on a corner Brunswick block.
Purchased and started almost a decade ago by a pair of friends, the 21A Ewing St tri-level home has finally been completed.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property is expected to sell strongly when it goes to auction on December 21 with $1.1-$1.2 million price hopes.
A former milk bar on the site was bought by Stephen Filipovic and a friend, who now lives in New York, to develop.
The subdivided rear portion was set to be a townhouse but, soon after work started, Mr Filipovic left to pursue a venture bringing music festivals to Vietnam.
The property sat dormant for eight years until Mr Filipovic returned, but the building permit had lapsed and it was a lengthy process to get it reinstated, co-owner Lucy Mack said.
Mr Filipovic and Ms Mack returned home this year to have their daughter Arabella Rain and finish off the townhouse, which is architecturally designed by Donald Walker.
They have decided to sell the townhouse as they relocate north and work on Mr Filipovic’s restaurant brand Lightyears, which recently opened restaurants in Noosa, Byron Bay and Burleigh Heads.
“Being lovers of art and community, we really wanted to incorporate local artists into the completion of the build,” Ms Mack said.
“We had Sun, a Korean artist, do the mural on the garage door; while Jackie from Studio G did the chalkboard in the studio and garage.”
Ms Mack said the property would suit young professionals who wanted to earn extra income and rent the self-contained studio downstairs.
“Or a family or creatives who want their own workshop or studio space at home,” she said.
“Locals love the building, which has a unique style and is in a great location,” Barry Plant Inner City Group agent Stuart Mitchell said.
“It is a rare offering of three levels and has had good buyer interest.”
The property has a central level offering a living and meals zone, balcony with city backdrop and a beautifully appointed kitchen with stone surfaces and fully integrated appliances.
It has been finished with stylish engineered pale oak floors and also has a courtyard.
The studio or garage could be used as a self-contained space or artist’s retreat and has polished concrete floors and laneway access.
Positioned between Sydney Rd and Lygon St, the property is close to parks, transport, schools, shops and eateries.