A well-known bookseller is about to start his next chapter after listing his Fitzroy pad.
A prominent bookseller is turning the page on his trendy Fitzroy warehouse conversion.
Readings bookstores managing director and founding chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival
Mark Rubboand his wife Wendypurchased the now three-bedroom pad as an empty shell in 2004.
The pair enlisted good friend and renowned architect Maggie Edmond to transform the interiors of the former army drill hall at 33 Little Victoria St.
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Readings bookstores managing director Mark Rubbo is selling his Fitzroy home. Picture: Hamish Blair
The three-bedroom home at 33 Little Victoria St, Fitzroy has a $2.8-$3 million price tag.
Mr Rubbo said he had never intended on buying a warehouse to convert — but Ms Edmond told him this one was “fantastic” and he was sold.
“We have been there about 14 years. When we bought it, it was a shell, nothing had been fitted out,” Mr Rubbo said.
“The whole process has been wonderful one, we have enjoyed living there very much but we need to downsize a little bit.
“We will miss it a lot.”
The property was once an army drill hall.
Renowned architect Maggie Edmond transformed the interiors.
Readings is an independent retailer with a handful of stores across Melbourne’s inner north and east including a shop at the State Library Victoria.
Mr Rubbo was a president of the Australian Booksellers Association and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his contribution to the community through fostering awareness of Australian literature as a bookseller, critic and promoter of writers.
The Rubbo’s next chapter is a smaller home in Carlton North.
The property is set to head under the hammer on November 24.
It’s one of seven properties within the building.
Nelson Alexander Fitzroy agent Peter Stephens said the property had appealed to a “modern empty nester demographic”.
“It has a beautiful north-facing deck and terrace off the main living area and is in a quiet spot, yet you can walk to the MCG,” Mr Stephens said.
“It’s in a very tightly held complex of only seven properties and it’s very rare for them to come to the market.”
The home is concealed behind the 1930s drill hall’s original brick walls and climbing plants. Aspects of its industrial days have been retained through high ceilings, steel beams and large windows.
The three-bedroom property has a $2.8-$3 million price guide ahead of its auction planned for November 24.
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