Buyers are set to salute the impressive conversion of Port Melbourne’s historic Army and Navy Hotel which is up for grabs.
BUYERS will be called to attention with one of Port Melbourne’s veteran buildings hitting the market.
The stylish conversion of the Army and Navy Hotel at 95 Dow St features modern day living behind a striking heritage facade.
Built in 1866, the six-room brick hotel was believed to have serviced army and navy members with Dow St a centre of activity for the naval brigades at the time.
The building is walking distance to Port Melbourne’s docks.
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95 Dow St, Port Melbourne has undergone a sophisticated transformation.
But was once a hotel believed to service the army and navy, hence its name.
Marshall White Port Phillip agent Justin Holod said it was a hotel for many years and then sat vacant for a long time before it was purchased as a shell and converted into a two-bedroom home six years ago.
“Being in Port Melbourne, a lot of the ships came in and I’m guessing it was a hotel to service the army and navy,” Mr Holod said.
“It’s pretty amazing and a one-of-a-kind building.”
It is one of the suburb’s earliest surviving hotel buildings, according to the City of Port Phillip heritage review.
The review also noted that it was unusual the building was not refurbished in the later nineteenth century or early twentieth century, which was common for Port Melbourne properties.
The property is one of the area’s earliest remaining hotels.
The conversion has a $1.95-$2.145 million price guide.
The hotel was first owned by a drill instructor from the Sandridge Volunteer Naval Brigade, James Frazer, and comprised a two-storey front section and large single-storey rear section. The rear has since been demolished to make way for an apartment block, while the front has metamorphosed into a luxury house.
“The facade is the main selling factor but inside there’s high ceilings, parquetry floors, open fireplaces, a marble kitchen and a rooftop terrace which is very rare,” Mr Holod said.
“It’s modern inside with clean lines and is not overly done.”
The impressive hotel conversion has a $1.95-$2.145 million price tag.
Each bedroom features a marble ensuite.
Bay and city views can be enjoyed from the impressive rooftop deck. A perfect spot to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
The original windows are featured throughout the home and the rooftop deck is fitted with a covered lounge area, fully equipped barbecue kitchen, plus it offers bay and city views.
Mr Holod said both downsizers and upgraders had shown interest in the property.
“It’s in a very good spot, two blocks from the beach and one block from Bay St which is where everyone wants to be.”
“Close to everything without being on top of it all.”
The property is set to go under the hammer at a private auction on December 1.