Blue stones from Kew Cottages, salvaged railway beams and a ‘Harry Potter’ style shower under the stairs bring magic to this rustic Birregurra home.
Everything old is new again in an original house in Birregurra that masters the art of recycling.
A bluestone base from Melbourne’s Kew Cottages, wooden sleepers from the Old Beechy Rail Trail, and a stair rail that was once a television prop for Graham Kennedy and Bert Newtown are among the reused treasures that have been found new life at 36 Sladen St.
The two-bedroom cottage has just been put up for sale with price hopes of $ 675,000 to $ 725,000 and is already garnering great interest ahead of its November 6 auction.
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Avenue Five, Mt Duneed, agent Quentin Walker said the 2,000m² property has great potential for vacation accommodation, but many people see it as a permanent home.
The vaulted ceiling and exposed beams steal the show in the first floor living space where a series of double doors open onto a veranda.
On the ground floor, what was once the garage has been converted into a second bedroom which shares a bathroom with an exposed bluestone wall, clawfoot tub and marble vanity.
One of the biggest hits with visitors was the original ‘Harry Potter’ style shower enclosure hidden under the stairs.
Mr Walker said the house was a conversation piece with a ‘rustic cabin’ feel through its use of reclaimed wood.
He said the surrounding garden, featuring a private creek and a selection of international trees, including Japanese maples, Canadian aspens, holm oaks and silver birches, added to the property’s appeal.
“It would be great as a bed and breakfast or Airbnb – it would be a nice little getaway,” he said.
“The upstairs has beautiful vaulted ceilings and four sets of double doors that open to the front.
“The ties on the property are from the Beechy Rail Trail and there are also a bunch of reclaimed wood doors in every bedroom and bathroom.”
The sellers love the rear access to the property, clearing the way for friends and family to camp in the back of the block.
A raised organic vegetable garden allows greater autonomy, but the city center, the general store and the school are also all within walking distance.
Mr Walker said Birregurra’s real estate market has taken off in the past year, with award-winning restaurant Brae firmly placing the town on the foodie map.
The median home price jumped 28.5% to $ 682,500 on 20 sales in the past 12 months, according to data from Hometrack.
Originally posted as Quirky Birregurra House features recycled wood, Kew Cottages bluestone