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One Of Fitzroy’s Most Iconic Homes Is On The Market

On The Market

Every suburb has that house everyone knows. The one with the mysterious facade you know MUST be totally amazing on the inside! The blue house on Gore Street is that house in Fitzroy. A relic of a Fitzroy long forgotten, the charming Boom-era residence has been expertly renovated whilst retaining the best bits of its original structure.

This is quite possibly the only home in Fitzroy that boasts a heated salt water lap pool, chicken run, an Australian native garden and apricot, plum, nectarine, peach, fig lemon and quince trees in the backyard!

17th May, 2019

The original facade of this incredible home. Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

The inside has been almost completely renovated. Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Light streams through the Fitzroy property. Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

The living room. Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Ceilings this high are practically unheard of in Fitzroy! Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

The courtyard. Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Looking out to the courtyard and lap pool. Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Yes…a heated lap pool in the middle of Fitzroy! Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Fruit trees line the backyard. Photo – courtesy of Nelson Alexander.

Sally Tabart
Friday 17th May 2019

Ruth and Tim have been living at this iconic Gore street residence for the last four years, and have been in Fitzroy for the last 15. ‘We thought this would be our forever home, but it’s full now, and the family is likely to keep expanding!’ Ruth and Tim explain. Located a stone’s throw from Gertrude and Brunswick streets, this ‘uncompromised family home’ is truly a rare gem.

Originally built between 1860-1870, this historic neighbourhood home has lived many lives. At first a single residence, it was later converted into a boarding house, and then used to accommodate Greek migrants upon first arrival in Melbourne in the 1950s and 60s. ‘The dining room is huge and was used by these migrants and their families for gatherings’, the couple tell, ‘amazingly, one of Tim’s colleague’s parents were amongst the people who stayed in the house and were actually married in it!’ Somewhat neglected over the next 30 years, the home was renovated and almost fully rebuilt in 2010 – save for that fabulous facade. Following the renovation the home was used as a set in the first season of Offspring. That’s got to be the most ‘quintessentially Fitzroy’ story of all time!

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and wide, open living spaces, the house in oriented largely towards the garden and outdoor areas along the northern boundary. A 16-metre salt water heated lap pool (YES PEOPLE, IN THE MIDDLE OF FITZROY!) runs alongside the front length of the house, while a chicken run makes use of otherwise wasted space down the south side. A native garden and veggie boxes delight passers-by from the street, and in summer the family feast on ‘apricots, plums, nectarines, peaches, figs, lemons, and quinces – all from [their] own little orchard next to the city.’

View the full property listing for this incredible home at Nelson Alexander

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