Xavier Campbell, Clare Hawkins and their kids at the home they’re selling in Kensington.
ESSENDON Football Club chief executive Xavier Campbell is trading his historic Kensington terrace with “a modern twist”.
The top Don said the 1888 home at 79 Gower St was “quite poky and quite dark” when he and his wife Clare Hawkins snapped it up almost five years ago.
They’ve since turned it into a light-filled, contemporary abode that retains period flourishes, with the help of architect Will Leafof Ewert Leaf.
“We wanted to create something unique. A different, more contemporary space,” Campbell said.
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79 Gower St, Kensington was built in 1888.
It’s been modernised with a striking extension featuring a curved plywood ceiling.
The couple has achieved that in the home’s modern rear extension, which contains an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area featuring a curved plywood ceiling.
Campbell said this became his favourite room in the three-bedroom house to sit and read the paper, as it “gets beautiful light”.
The footy boss said he and Clare were reluctantly selling the house to upsize, now their two children were growing up.
“Our eldest is starting school next year,” he said.
“We’d prefer to stay in Kensington. There’s great food and coffee shops, it’s so close to the city. But there are limited larger blocks.”
A comprehensive renovation retained the home’s period charm.
The modern Caesarstone kitchen features Smeg appliances.
Merrim is set to go under the hammer via Rendina Real Estate on December 1, with a $1.6-$1.76 million price guide.
CoreLogic records show it last changed hands for $920,000.
The renovation also involved restoring the rundown original part of the home, fixing cracks and uneven floors, as well as refining period features like open fireplaces, floorboards and an arched hallway.
It added a more modern colour scheme, contemporary light fittings and new bathrooms to the historic home, along with a Caesarstone kitchen containing Smeg appliances.
The home’s three bedrooms are split between its two floors.
Looking back into the modern extension.
There are bedrooms on both floors, the pick being the upstairs master with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite, study alcove, open fireplace and balcony.
A charming courtyard with a barbecue kitchenette completes the package.
Rendina Real Estate director Lou Rendina said the home’s architectural extension would help score it a buyer, being “rare for Kensington”.
“It’s got that old-world charming Victorian facade, the front rooms have been kept original and at the rear of the property, there’s a modern twist,” he said.
“And it’s right in the heart of Kensington. You can’t get more central.”
The rear of the property features a barbecue courtyard.