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piece of former port melbourne biscuit factory hits the market

Written by The ReReport

This sweet three-bedroom warehouse conversion spent its early days as a biscuit factory.

A sweet deal has hit the market in Port Melbourne in the form of an old biscuit factory.
The three-bedroom warehouse conversion, that was formerly the Swallow & Ariell counting house where the biscuit manufacturer’s finances were managed, is being served up to the market for the first time in 20 years.

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The funky two-level pad at 183 Stokes St features highlights from its former factory days including Baltic pine floors, exposed brick walls and high ceilings. It also has a few quirks such as a claw-foot blue bathtub in a bedroom and a detached studio that has a outdoor-feel bathroom with a translucent ceiling and vines that add a touch of greenery.
The property has a $1.5-$1.6 million price tag.

The former factory at 183 Stokes St, Port Melbourne, has a $1.5-$1.6 million price tag.

The studio’s bathroom feels like you’re outside.

Biggin & Scott director David Lack said the property was renovated about three decades ago and felt larger than most Port Melbourne properties.
“It’s a rare opportunity to buy a warehouse that has such size and volume so close to the water in a purely residential part of Port Melbourne,” Mr Lack said.
“It’s the volume that is not found with traditional houses, you don’t get this kind of space and ceiling height.”

The two-level pad still retains highlights from its glory days.

The 1854 building was home to Australia’s first biscuit factory which was one of the largest biscuit manufactures in the world, according to the National Trust of Australia. The organisation’s records show it was one of the first large-scale industrial warehouse conversions in Melbourne when it was transformed into 160 apartments, 40 terrace houses and 20 townhouses in the 1990s.
Swallow & Ariell produced a range of sweet treats at the factory from 1858 to 1991, including biscuits, puddings, cakes, ice cream, jams and syrups.

A bathtub in the bedroom is one of the property’s unique offerings.

It is set to go under the hammer on December 8.

Mr Lack said the property would attract a professional couple who liked entertaining or a family.
“It has an internal deck which was designed by the previous owner who was a DJ,” he said.
“It’s the perfect platform to be mixing some music.
“It also has a rooftop deck which has good views of the water and surrounds, and a nice big wine cellar.”
It will be crunch time for the property when it goes under the hammer on December 8.

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