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Grand Hawthorn home built for Melbourne landmark architect for sale

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27 Yarra St, Hawthorn is on the market.

A 150-year-old Victorian house built for the architect of stately town halls across Melbourne is up for sale.

The 1869 house at 27 Yarra St, Hawthorn was created for George Johnson, renowned for designing the grand Collingwood, North Melbourne and Northcote town hall buildings.

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The 150-year-old house was built for architect George Johnson.

It still displays beautiful ornate features.

The Hawthorn house built for Johnson is also impressive in its period grandeur, with an elegant rendered brick facade, immaculate gardens and an interior filled with decorative detail.

It is set to go under the hammer on March 16 with a $3.2 million-$3.52 million price guide.

RT Edgar Hawthorn agent Brett Vanderwert said it was believed to be the second-oldest house in that pocket of Hawthorn, and its history was recognised by a brass plaque out the front.

“As you walk through the front garden, you feel like you’re not in Hawthorn — it feels like going to some sort of manor because of the grandeur,” Mr Vanderwert said.

“The garden is a complete credit to the owners.”

George Johnson, the original owner, designed some of Melbourne’s grandest town halls.

The kitchen features a meals area with double doors out to the garden.

The property features a dining hall and sitting room, and a casual family room alongside the kitchen and meals area which has double doors to the front garden. There is also an entertainment deck with garden aspect.

Soaring 3.3m-high ceilings are a highlight, while the finer details include ornate architraves and picture rails, stained-glass windows, cast iron fireplaces and chandeliers.

“It’s steeped in so much history,” Mr Vanderwert said.

Three bedrooms, a library or fourth bedroom, under-house storage and a garage are also included.

Mr Vanderwert said the owners were reluctant to leave behind the superb gardens they’d created over their 14 years at the property but decided it was time to downsize.

He said St James Park Estate was a particularly “blue chip” part of Hawthorn, and the property would likely appeal to a family homebuyer. It had scope for further renovation or extension, he added.

The property offers scope for further renovation or extension.

The grand gardens are a highlight.

Mr Vanderwert said the pocket of Hawthorn was known for its Victorian and Edwardian homes.

“They’re timeless and have got a lot of scarcity value,” he said. “These types of properties, particularly of this era, don’t come around every year.”

According to press clippings kept by the current owners, the house was remodelled in the Edwardian era to face Yarra St, and was extended in the early 20th century.

Johnson also designed other grand town halls across the state including in Daylesford, Kilmore and Maryborough.

Mr Vanderwert said the market for prestige properties was still showing signs of being “quite healthy and robust.”

“I think it’s because, for people in that price point, the impetus is finding the right product, so they’re prepared to spend the money,” he said.

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