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fitzroy football club founderaes country escape for sale

Written by The ReReport

The Grange, at 15 Huxtable Road, Pakenham Upper is on the market for $1.8-$1.9 million.

A COUNTRY retreat built by Fitzroy Football Club founder and former Fitzroy mayor John McMahon is up for grabs on the city’s fringe.
The sprawling 4ha property, named The Grange, circa 1885, at 15 Huxtable Rd, Pakenham Upper is heritage listed and comes with a price guide of $1.8-$1.9 million.
First National Berwick agent Peter Watson said McMahon was the original owner of the tri-gabled Victorian homestead, which he used as his country residence.

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The property is heritage listed for its historical and architectural significance.

Century old trees surround the Victorian homestead.

Sit back and relax.

Heritage Council documents state the property “has historical significance for its associations with a number of prominent district people”, including McMahon.
It’s also considered significant to the Cardinia Shire as an example of rural residences of its era, their gardens, and its distinctive architectural design.
Plantings on the property, which was later used for farming and as an apple orchard, are thought to be of a similar age to those in the Fitzroy Gardens, according to the listing.

In recent times it’s been used as a residence, weekender and equestrian property.
The homestead features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a covered outdoor entertainment area, and retained old-style charm throughout.
Mr Watson said there were a few homesteads “dotted around the hills” but this one in particular hadn’t “suffered from too many insensitive renovations through it’s lifetime”.
“It’s still intact in it’s original form,” he said.

A covered outdoor entertainment area is a highlight.

The property’s period charm has been retained throughout.

McMahon, a prominent local tailor, chaired the 1883 meeting at the Brunswick Hotel in Fitzroy at which the Fitzroy Football Club was formed.
Edinburgh Gardens was established during his time on the local council, and while mayor he kept unemployed men occupied by organising for them to plant trees, according to the Fitzroy History Society.
He’s credited as a force behind the large amount of beautiful old trees that grace the streets of Fitzroy now.

The Grange is up for private sale.

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