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Acclaimed artist David Bromley lists two weird and wonderful country homes

Written by The ReReport

Artistic couple David and Yuge Bromley are exhibiting two country houses to prospective buyers.

The acclaimed painter and his fashion designer wife have turned both properties into works of art, revamping them with bold fit-outs.

They have $650,000 price hopes for 20 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs and $850,000 for 3031 Ballan-Daylesford Rd, Daylesford.

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McQueen Real Estate director Kim McQueen said the couple had “waved the Bromley magic” over the three-bedroom houses, which were being sold privately.

“They’ve just made them into these fantastic, quirky homes that are very appropriate for the region,” she said.

The pair had lived at the Hepburn Springs pad on a 823sq m landholding “on and off” since snapping it up in mid-2016. CoreLogic records show they paid $400,000.

They’d only had the 2500sq m Daylesford property since late last year, but had “done a full internal and external renovation” before their plans for it had changed, Ms McQueen said.

Their additions to the houses include bespoke wallpaper and light fittings, and colourful sculptures in the yards, which have been landscaped by “avid gardener” David.

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The couple painted the floorboards of the Hepburn Springs residence white, and installed custom-made blinds with David’s artworks screen-printed on them in the Daylesford abode.

Ms McQueen said the latter also featured oak parquetry floors, a timber kitchen with handmade cabinetry and “a rainbow of colour”.

There will be an opportunity for whoever buys the properties to negotiate adding some of the artworks and furnishings to the sale.

She said the houses would both make “ideal” short-stay holiday rentals, but could also be snapped up as permanent or holiday homes.

“The Daylesford-Hepburn Springs region is such a huge tourism area — they would be renting out every weekend of the year,” she said.

The Bromleys — who run store and gallery Bromley & Co — sold another Hepburn Springs home they’d fully renovated and refurbished at 131 Main Rd for $1.7 million in September last year.

They bought that late-1800s house on 2200sq m having only seen it online.

David described himself as a “keen, impulse and obsessed” property buyer in a recent interview with the Herald Sun.

“I own a few pieces of eccentric real estate that were bought from the heart, not the head, including a pub in Ballarat called The Pub With Two Names,” he said.

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