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As seen in the Source link, written by on 2020-01-09 13:02:00

They don’t build ‘em like this anymore.

A double-storey 1970s Reservoir brick beauty built on land bought for $20,000 is on the market for the first time in a tightly held street.

The solid six-bedroom structure at 8 Fiddes St showcases immaculate tile and suburban style choices of its era, finally becoming too big for its family after decades of love.

It’s now on the market for $1.35-$1.485 million via private sale, and was “as solid as any home constructed in Melbourne”, according to Stockdale & Leggo Reservoir’s Paul Dines.

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Tiles on point.

Top condition.

“It’s an absolute classic European family home built from scratch with an emphasis on sturdiness, on quality, on big design — it’s really designed to house the largest of families,” he said.

“They bought the land in ’75, paid $20,000 for it, it took about five years to build and they moved in in 1981.

“As the family grew, the parents wanted to create a big home for the family to spread their wings in and over time family members move on and the home stays large.

“You could quite easily have one family upstairs and one downstairs with all the amenities and comforts for each without even knowing one another was there.”

The house is big enough for a family on each floor.

Timber features typical of the 1970s feature throughout.

One of a whopping six bedrooms.

The 843sq m property is marketed as “two homes in one”, with each floor self-contained.

The lower level features two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, laundry, workshop and garage space for five cars; the upper level has the other four bedrooms, lounge and meal areas, kitchen, two bathrooms, huge outdoor terrace at the back and balcony at the front.

A massive backyard is divided by a concrete path and punctuated by fruit trees.

Mr Dines said the area’s traditional brick houses were a solid buy and a “dwindling product” as block sizes shrunk in newer estates further out from the city.

Northern luxe.

Bright and beautiful.

“They are built with a substructure that exceeds anything that’s on the market today; extra deep foundations, extra concrete where it matters, there is no movement to be feared; there’s no movement anywhere,” he said.

The “quiet tree-lined street filled with equally impressive homes” was another asset: “Turnover in the street is so low we still have families in the street who bought homes in the ‘60s and ‘70s and haven’t moved out.”

Reservoir’s median house price dropped 4.2 per cent to $743,750 in the 12 months to December, according to, but Mr Dines saw a strong year ahead.

Room for a proper kick of the footy and all the fruit trees.

Well kept.

“With the rail crossing removal and modernisation of Reservoir Station, the whole complex of the suburb is changing,” he said.

“We’re really optimistic about increased investment and improved infrastructure and see great times ahead.”

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