Geelong architects Laird and Barlow designed 236 La Trobe Tce, Geelong West, circa 1909, for a local jeweller.
CLASSIC beauty is more than skin deep at this grand Federation Queen Anne style house on the city fringe.
Scratch behind the surface of the charming red brick facade of 236 La Trobe Tce, Geelong West and you’ll find a thoughtful and quality renovation that sympathetically blends the best of old and new.
Elegant rooms with soaring decorative ceilings provide a comfortable backdrop for modern family life with the 928sq m block delivering plenty of backyard space.
The renovated kitchen.
Such generosity can be hard to find this close to the city centre and the location, within walking distance of the CBD, Pakington St and Geelong Train Station, is geared for convenience.
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The property fronts La Trobe Tce.
One of Geelong’s most prolific architectural firms, Laird and Barlow, who played a hand in the Dalgety woolstores, originally designed the ornate villa for Geelong jeweller Frederick Band.
Completed in 1909, it displayed the architects’ hallmark hipped and gabled roof forms and a front return veranda with tulip motif timber fretwork.
Decorative details are a highlight of the house.
These original features have stood the test of time and more survive inside where leadlight bay windows and beautiful decorative ceiling roses and cornices are found in many of the rooms.
They sit alongside contemporary inclusions like hydronic heating, split system airconditioning and double glazing that helps keep outside noise to a minimum.
The dining area flows out to a covered deck and the backyard.
Original pine floorboards have been restored in the entrance hall and flow through into the open-plan kitchen and dining area that overlooks the garden at the rear.
This is the hub of family life with french doors onto a covered deck where you can entertain and watch children play on the lawn.
The block is 928sq m.
At one end is the smartly renovated kitchen that takes its cues from some of the house’s original features.
A Miele oven and gas cooktop sit in a brick chimney surround, while a white stone island bench provides additional preparation and storage space to complement the walk-in pantry.
The detailed ceilings in the loungeroom draw the eye up.
There are two separate living rooms, both with ornamental fireplaces, leadlight bay windows with built-in storage and ornate plasterwork.
Generous storage is a key feature of each of the four bedrooms which have built-in drawers and cupboards and plantation shutters as window dressings.
One of the four bedrooms.
The main bedroom’s ensuite has a high-backed bathtub, large shower and stone topped vanity. Its style is echoed in the family bathroom and concealed laundry.
A circular driveway comes off La Trobe Tce, and links to a side driveway that provides extra off-street parking.
The ensuite bathroom.
There is also side access to the backyard which has established fruit trees, two garden sheds and a wi-fi irrigation system.
The property will be auctioned on November 3 at 11am with price hopes of $1.15 million to $1.25 million. For more information phone Buxton agent Tom Butters on 0448 884 420.