An 1898 corner terrace in Crows Nest that spent most of its life as a shopfront until a transformation at the hands of celebrity designer Shaynna Blaze and landscaper Charlie Albone has a new owner.
The landmark terrace at 236 West St, was built in the Victorian Regency style, and has housed everything from a brick shop to a butcher.
The property forms part of the Holtermann Estate Conservation Area, bought by William Huntington in 1877 and later subdivided. He was North Sydney’s first brick maker and established a clay pit on his land for the manufacture of bricks.
The home was built as a brick shop and house. The shop was run as a general store by Mr Huntington’s sons and mother-in-law for about 20 years. It was sold to Mosman butcher Walter Lumley and was a butchery until 1993.
Most recently it was an organic and eco-luxe lifestyle store run by John and Kitsa Yanniotis.
They have run their store, plus a commercial kitchen and online store, from the building for the past five years, and decided to convert the property into a home for the sale.
They enlisted the help of Blaze and Albone to make it happen, and then listed it for sale with Matthew Smythe and Mark Ryan of Belle Property Neutral Bay.
The three-bedroom home on 186sqm has been cleverly renovated with great respect for its architectural pedigree.
It retains elegant original features while offering a luxurious contemporary lifestyle. What used to be a shopfront is now a living room and library that could be a home office or fourth bedroom with a private entrance.
Mrs Yanniotis said repurposing the property from commercial to residential was a “very tricky proposition” and Blaze and Albone were “master transformers”.
“It was an amazing experience as they loved what we had already done to the building so we had total faith in their vision,” she said.
“They continued with a similar aesthetic but took it up a notch.”
Between them, the couple have done about nine renovations, but enjoyed stepping back to watch the magic.
“We love all the changes made as it feels like we’ve now done the building justice,” Mrs Yanniotis said.
“We love the central location and easy access to everywhere.”
Matthew Smythe and Mark Ryan sold the property under the hammer – proving that you don’t need a swarm of bidders to do a deal.
In this case there was only one registered bidder, who bought the property for $2.5 million.
About 60 people attended the auction. The buyers is a local family who bought the home as an investment, however may move in at a later date.
“The property was beautifully transformed by Shaynna Blaze and Charlie Albone,” Mr Smythe said.
“While it wasn’t your classic terrace layout, it was in a fantastic location and we secured a great price for the owner after having been on the market with another agent for over 12 months.”
It will come as no surprise that the property is set to feature on an episode of the television show Selling Houses Australia next year.