A HISTORIC Surrey Hills shopfront with an impressive home extension has hit the market for the first time in more than 40 years.
The charming property at 224 Mont Albert Rd is one of only three 1910 shopfronts that remain on the leafy street.
And it is the only one to have a residential extension built at the back, providing four bedrooms, a kitchen and living space over two levels.
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An impressive extension has been added to the 1910 facade.
Inside the front workshop space.
Both the shopfront and home are up for grabs, with price hopes of $1.3-$1.4 million.
The shopfront was leased to a renowned independent book boutique before woodworking business Cloud Lift took over. It has also been a puppet shop and engineers office over the decades.
It was originally used as an antique shop by the vendors, who added the extension in the 1970s.
The Agency’s Mark Sproule said he had received a lot of queries about the property since its forthcoming auction sign was installed.
“It’s a great opportunity to work from home in the workshop area,” he said.
“There’s also the potential to renovate, redevelop, or you could pull the whole lot down and rebuild.”
The property was recognised for its book boutique shopfront until it recently closed.
Mr Sproule said the extension included an impressive skylight.
It has price hopes of $1.3-$1.4 million.
The property does not have any heritage overlay, meaning the Victorian era building could be torn down. But Mr Sproule said the 398sq m block appealed to a variety of parties.
“This house suits young families wanting to break into the school zones, plus commercial buyers interested in the shop and those who want a smaller block of land to build a dream home,” he said.
He said the home at the rear had an incredible glass skylight and views of the treetops from its first floor.
There are four bedrooms at the house.
“The home has a chequered history of additions and renovations, which makes it a very versatile choice,” he said.
CoreLogic data shows the vendors are set to make a windfall from the sale — they purchased the shopfront for just $27,000 in 1977.
The package will go under the hammer on December 1.
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