An imposing 1934 two-storey California bungalow on one of Melbourne’s most famous stretches will be injected with new life after changing hands.
The heritage-protected original at 773 Sydney Rd, Coburg North will get a much needed overhaul after an undisclosed sale understood to be in its $900,000-$990,000 quoted range.
Brad Teal Brunswick agent Trish Di Vito could not comment on price, but said she had dug into the impressive property’s history for the campaign.
“It’s unusual for that part of Coburg; it’s one of the original homes built on that side of the road on the northern side of Gaffney St,” Ms Di Vito said.
“These types of homes were often seen in the eastern suburbs but not so much in this northern area, so it’s very unique.”
The house and front fence are protected for their local architectural significance to the City of Moreland.
“It is a fine and well-detailed example of inter-war attic bungalow, a dwelling type that is rare in this part of Coburg,” heritage information states.
“The architectural and aesthetic qualities of the house are complemented by the front fence.”
The five-bedroom house on 489sq m was constructed for an Alfred Bates, who was a carpenter and builder so it is considered likely he built it himself.
“One of the first houses constructed on the west side of Sydney Rd north of Gaffney St was (another house) Rathmore, built by 1890 by Alfred Buck as his own residence,” a council heritage study found.
“The house still survives at the rear of flats at 781 Sydney Rd. By 1930, a row of houses extended from Gaffney St as far north as No. 771, with vacant land between that house and Rathmore. The next house to be constructed, by 1934, was Alfred Bates’ house at No. 773.”
Sydney Rd north of Bell St began to develop following the electrification of the cable tramway from the Coburg Depot, near Moreland Rd, to Bell St and its extension northward to Bakers Rd, which was completed by May 1916.
“In the 19th and early 20th century much of the development in the former Coburg municipality was confined to a narrow corridor adjacent to the railway line and Sydney Rd to the south of Bell St,” the study states.
“Coburg Station, which opened in 1884 with a single track to the city that was duplicated by 1888, stimulated development in the areas immediately to the north of Bell St, however the area to the north of Gaffney St (where No. 773 is) was too remote from public transport and remained largely undeveloped until after World War I.”
Ms Di Vito said the property was sold following the death of the woman who lived there, with her children the vendors in the recent sale. The family owned the house for about 25 years.
“It was bought by someone from Melbourne … it attracted them because of the historical significance and they’re going to renovate it and live there,” she said.
The house is clinker brick with a band of roughcast render above lower window level, a transverse gable roof clad in variegated Marseille tiles, and decorative diamond motif windows.