The blended Art Deco and Spanish Mission pipe dream home of plumbing pioneers, the Reece family, has been passed on.
THE home that was a pipe dream come true for the founders of Australia’s biggest plumbing and bathroom goods supply company has sold almost three months after passing in at auction.
A family splashed $2.2 million on the Miami-style showpiece in Elsternwick that was built by the Reece family in 1926.
The plumbing pioneers started their company six years earlier, when Harold Joseph Reece sold plumbing products from the back of his truck.
Now, the company has more than 450 stores across Australia.
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The Miami-style showpiece was snapped up by a builder and his family.
The three-bedroom house at 36 St Georges Rd fetched $2.2 million.
The blended Art Deco and Spanish Mission home at 36 St Georges Rd was purchased by a builder and his family who plan to restructure the floorplan, according to Rodney Morley Real Estate director Rodney Morley.
He said many buyers couldn’t see past the three-bedroom home’s “disjointed” floorplan, where access to the second floor was by stairs in the main bedroom.
“He (the buyer) was the ideal fit,” Mr Morely said. “He is going to restructure the layout, it will be fabulous when he is finished with it.”
Period details feature throughout the home, including original leadlight windows.
The home is named Aloha.
The home is named Aloha and features period details including leadlight windows and doors, built-in furniture from the era, 1920s Degue-designed pendant lighting and a copper fireplace.
The ground floor powder room has Italian mosaic tiles which were the first of their kind to be imported into Australia.
Updates had been made throughout the home, including the transformation of the first floor that was originally built as a dance studio for Mr Reece’s daughter. It now comprises two bedrooms, a living area, retreat, kitchenette, bathroom and a terrace.
A builder who could restructure the home’s floorplan was the “perfect” buyer.
The home’s location was said to be a big drawcard for the buyers.
Mr Morley said the buyers were attracted to the property’s location and potential.
“He saw the potential to create what he wanted with good sized rooms,” he said.
“And where it is — Elsternwick is really becoming a sought-after location.”
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