A STUNNING renovation has transformed a dilapidated Newtown house into an award-winning family home.
The house at 59 Fairview Ave was unliveable when it last sold for $610,000 in 2015 and it was basically an empty shell with no plaster on the walls or ceilings.
Whitford, Newtown agent Heidi Trempel said a young couple bought it at auction under very strong competition.
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“They had just done a beautiful renovation in Williamstown and thought they could do it again down here,” Ms Trempel said.
“They had a vision and it now has a beautiful blend of old and new features.”
The Geelong and Region Branch of the National Trust of Australia in conjunction with the City of Greater Geelong recognised the work done to the house and presented it with a Heritage Award for the ‘Restoration of a Heritage Place’ in 2018.
The annual awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of those who have contributed to the conservation of heritage places in the Geelong region.
The house now has original period features combined with modern elements creating a superior home in a sought after location.
Ms Trempel said a lot of people that bought these period properties ripped out the guts and didn’t leave a heritage feel.
“This has a beautiful blend of old and new, it is stunning,” she said.
Three bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, are positioned off the entry hallway along with a laundry with powder room and spacious main bathroom.
A Japanese maple tree is framed at the end of the hallway where the main bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe is found.
The rear of the house is dedicating to living. A sitting and dining room separate the sleeping quarters from the open-plan kitchen, meals area and loungeroom.
Here bi-fold doors connect the inside to a central courtyard while the kitchen has a butler’s pantry with custom-made timber bench for casual dining.
Mr Trempel is taking the property to auction on February 23 at 11am. Price hopes are $1.59 million to $1.69 million.