Motor Ace bassist Matt Balfe’s Blackburn slice of modernist magic is setting the groove amid birdsong and bubbling streams after being listed on the market.
Fresh off a run of sellout shows for the band’s 20-year reunion tour, Mr Balfe said living on the heritage-listed street at 11 Jeffery St had long been a dream gig.
The property has a price guide of $1.75-$1.85 million.
Jeffery St is one of a number of streets surrounding Blackburn Lake Sanctuary with heritage listing due to the native trees and large variety of bird species that frequent the area.
“I’d always fantasised about living in that street — my sister lives around the corner in the old Masonic lodge,” Mr Balfe said.
“I’d always walked up and down that street and the bridge and the creek. When this came up — I had to live there.”
“We had to fight pretty hard at auction for it.”
With a move interstate required for work, Mr Balfe said playing with his Motor Ace bandmates was also “back on the agenda”.
“The band got back together about six months ago and it had been 20 years since we’d played together,” he said.
Mr Balfe said there had already been strong interest ahead of the home going under the hammer on June 1.
“There’s been a stack of people through — there have been a lot of requests for the section 32 (property sale document).”
“It’s one out of the box — that street, north facing, that lot, that house — it’s a pretty magic combination.”