ONE of Blackburn South’s original homes has added to its rich history by becoming the suburb’s most expensive residential sale.
The former farmhouse at 41-43 Branksome Grove set a new price record, smashing past the previous benchmark by more than $850,000.
Barry Plant Blackburn agent Terry Burgoyne said the family home, built in 1927, sold at the top end of its $3-$3.3 million price range.
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The home sold at the top end of its $3-$3.3 million price range.
It has beaten the previous suburb record holder by more than $850,000.
The home sold privately after just 19 days on the market.
He said it took top spot from 18 Orchard Grove, which previously set the record at $2.345 million in December 2017.
The five-bedroom home, set on 2812sq of land, was on the market for 19 days before changing hands in a private sale.
Mr Burgoyne said a local family sealed the deal, but they did not disclose their plans for the property.
“They fell in love with the home and its rare qualities,” he said.
“The vendors are extremely happy with the result.”
The vendors of 41-43 Branksome Grove wanted to sell the home to an owner-occupier rather than a developer.
Inside the heritage-style home.
Vendors Sam and Jenny Battaglia owned the charming home for more than 30 years. After restoring the property and installing a tennis court, they wanted to sell to an owner-occupier instead of a developer.
“It’s a very special property,” Mrs Battaglia said.
“There is a lovely feel about it that takes you back in time.”
The house was originally built in 1927.
A tennis court in the backyard.
Mr Burgoyne said the home was inspected by many Whitehorse residents, who were fascinated by its history.
It is understood World War II soldiers would sleep on the grounds when travelling overnight to a recreational base in Lilydale. A bomb shelter was also built into the gardens in the 1940s.
Originally built on an apple and pear orchard, it still includes fruit trees in the landscaped gardens.
The home had historical links to WWII.
A local family purchased the home.
Immaculately maintained heritage-style details include grand chandeliers, gas log fireplaces, decorative cornices and ornate red painted walls.
Mr Burgoyne said despite a softening property market, unique homes like the Branksome Grove address could still produce a record result.
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