1 Belle Cres, Mordialloc could just be the embodiment of the phrase pretty in pink.
DO you love pink?
Hate boring homes that are the same as everything else?
Then 1 Belle Cres, Mordialloc, potentially the most pink address in Melbourne, might be the bayside cottage of your dreams.
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Stacey Allan spent a few decades transforming the three-bedroom house into something from the pages of the American interior decorating magazines she used to read with her mother.
Now, she’s packing up to move her part of the family closer to the rest of the Allan clan in Ballarat, opening the doors to one of the most striking residences in town.
The blossoms at the front of the cottage give a hint of what waits inside.
“When we first moved in, the house was almost ready to be pulled down,” Ms Allan said.
“(But) I like cottages and shabby chic. I have always loved decorating. And I knew it had potential.”
They’ve kept the original leadlight windows, and the sunken lounge where student pilots once attended lectures in the home’s former life as a flight school. But otherwise the home has been completely transformed.
Pastel colours lend a relaxed feel to the carpet, walls and window furnishings.
“Everything in Melbourne is very much the same. It’s a bit boring and plain,” she said.
“So nearly everything here is from America, places like A Touch of Class or JC Penny.”
She bought many other features, including the unique furniture, from an auction house in Texas.
“That was complex. We had to bid online, and then we had to organise for someone in Dallas to pick everything up and send it to Australia,” Ms Allan said.
The kitchen has its own colour scheme.
Even the facade of the home, once a weatherboard, has been replaced with Hoobler Stone — an American invention sold locally that’s a concrete made to look like stone.
Friends who stop by for a cup of tea have loved the unique styling of the home, some of them inviting Ms Allan to help them decorate their own homes.
“We’ll be sad to leave, because we really like it here and we have put a lot into it,” she said.
The cottage also comes with decorative lights and ceilings, that date back beyond Ms Allan’s time at the home.
OBrien Real Estate’s Mary Cassar said the enchanting cottage was unique.
“In 26 years in real estate, I haven’t sold a property like 1 Belle Cres,” Ms Cassar said.
“The detail they have put into it, you can see they have done it with so much care.
While some buyers had initially been overwhelmed, others had been able to see the character home’s potential for their future in it.
“They appreciate the charm of the home,” Ms Cassar said.
The bedrooms showcase furnishings acquired at auction houses.
Closeness to schools and the beach was also attracting buyers ranging from investors to first-timers.
Knowing the next owner might look at changing the unique style of the home, Ms Allan is determined not to return after the sale.
“Someone might want to try to come in and make it modern, but it would look ridiculous,” she said.
The house goes under the hammer at 2.30pm on November 17, with a $900,000-$990,000 price guide.
The bathroom might be Melbourne’s most pink.