A SOUTH Yarra property built for one of Melbourne’s early mayors more than 160 years ago is up for sale.
The stately double-fronted Victorian residence at 30 Darling St was built for John Thomas Smith circa 1856.
Darling House is now on the market with a price guide of $4.5 million.
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The grand Victorian residence was built circa 1856 for John Thomas Smith, a Melbourne mayor.
Today the home still retains charming original features.
Smith was on the first Melbourne Town Council in 1842, was mayor seven times between 1851 and 1864, and a councillor for the rest of his life.
RT Edgar Toorak director Oliver Booth said the historic home on 610sq m had plenty to appeal to today’s buyers.
“It’s an absolutely stunning facade, a great location, has a really nice light feel and it’s on a good parcel of land,” he said.
A modern kitchen and open-plan living space adds contemporary appeal.
A private terrace is also part of the package.
It also offered a sense of Victorian character.
“When you walk through you see the beautiful wide timber floors, the nice high ceilings, many of the original features, however it has also been beautifully renovated,” Mr Booth said.
As well as original period details and traditional formal rooms, including a lounge and study with open fireplaces, the home has a streamlined modern kitchen and open-plan living space leading out to a private terrace.
A self-contained apartment is on the lower level.
Mr Booth said the property also included a self-contained three-bedroom apartment downstairs, which could suit extended family or be rented out.
“It’s almost like two homes in one,” he said. “You don’t get too many beautiful homes with such good accommodation in South Yarra.”
A prized location close to the Royal Botanic Gardens, top schools and the Yarra River added to its appeal.
The property passed in at auction late last year and remained on the market for a few months with price hopes of more than $5.9 million.
It has returned to the market with an expressions of interest campaign that closes on November 22.
Smith was also a landowner and publican, running the Adelphi Hotel in Flinders Lane and St John’s Tavern in Queen St. He also built Melbourne’s first theatre, the Queens Theatre Royal, next door to the tavern in 1845.
The property is of local historical importance because of its connection to Smith, and of architectural interest as a colonial house of the post-gold rush era, according to the Heritage Council of Victoria.