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The Living End frontman Chris Cheney lists historic St Kilda East home and studio

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The Living End lead singer and guitarist Chris Cheney is selling 23 Orange Grove, St Kilda East.

The Living End frontman Chris Cheney is set to Roll On from his St Kilda East home of almost 15 years.

The 1914 California bungalow at 23 Orange Grove is sure to strike a chord with fans of the ARIA Award-winning rock band, as Cheney wrote three Living End records inside a studio in the home’s big backyard.

The band’s guitarist, lead singer and songwriter is selling the four-bedroom house he’s shared with wife Emma and their two daughters via Whitefox, with a $2.85 million asking price.

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Chris Cheney, with bandmates Scott Owen and Andy Strachan, wrote several Living End records at the house. Picture: Tim Pascoe

Cheney’s favourite room in the house: the formal lounge.

CoreLogic records show the property last changed hands in 2004 for $910,000.

Cheney, who grew up in Wheelers Hill in Melbourne’s southeast, formed The Living End in 1994.

The band also comprises double bass player Scott Owen and drummer Andy Strachan, has produced hits including Prisoner of Society, Second Solution, All Torn Down and Wake Up, and released their eighth studio album Wunderbar last year. They also played the AFL Grand Final in 2016.

Original stables at the rear of the property were converted into Cheney’s music studio.

The home’s impressive main bedroom.

Cheney’s studio was created inside former stables at the back of his home’s large 725sq m block, he told would-be buyers in a video on the online listing: “We’ve turned (the stables) into a home studio, man cave, darts room.

“I’ve written probably three of the Living End records out there.

“It’s been a really good place for me to get away from the kids and the distractions.”

But the 44-year-old said his favourite place in the house was the formal living room with polished timber floors, a decorative ceiling and ornate fireplace.

“This was the first thing I fell in love with at the house,” Cheney said.

“I just thought, ‘it’s like a ballroom’. I’d never seen anything so beautiful before.”

Period style persists throughout the house.

The kitchen.

His wife loved the main bedroom featuring a large leadlight window and original fireplace, while the yard had been the site of many parties — and a petting zoo for one of their daughters’ birthdays.

Whitefox director Marty Fox said the property’s “massive” block was walking distance from the Carlisle St cafe strip, Balaclava train station, tram stops and a park at the end of the street.

And the house itself offered a “grand” facade and beautiful period flourishes throughout.

“It’s inner-city living on a large scale,” Mr Fox said.