Amazing Abbotsford apartment basks in Skipping Girl’s glow
A spectacular Art Deco apartment beneath the iconic Skipping Girl sign has lit up the market.
The single-level pad features huge entertainment spaces and grand interiors in the former warehouse below the neon landmark.
The property at 2/655-657 Victoria Street, Abbotsford will go to private auction on May 21 and is poised to sell for $2.91-$3.2 million.
It would be the eighth biggest unit sale in the area if it sells in the upper range, according to CoreLogic.
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The apartment, one of three, is next to the old Nycander & Co vinegar factory, according to Only Melbourne.
The animated sign, which later became known as Little Audrey, was erected in 1936 and rented to Nycander & Co for just over £8.
Little Audrey was offloaded to a used car dealership following the sale of the building in 1968.
The sign was replaced with a replica in 1970, restored and relit in 1990 and now skips using solar power.
Collins Simms Inner North agent Antony Harbor said buyers would find living underneath Little Audrey to be a very appealing prospect.
“It is an inner city sanctuary with a tennis court underneath, big open spaces inside and a huge balcony overlooking the Yarra River,” Mr Harbor said.
“As soon as you enter, you forget exactly where you are and looking out is pretty special.”
“Nothing like this has come up in the last few years.”
The 350sq m apartment boasts an internal lift and a huge undercover entertainment terrace with CBD views.
Also inside are three bedrooms — two with private ensuites — a formal study and dining room, an enormous living zone with a fireplace, a granite kitchen, glass atriums and 3.3m-high ceilings
Mr Harbor said the vendor kept the original Art Deco features.
“The owner retained the curvature and curved edges of the building as well as the industrial windows on right-hand side,” Mr Harbor said.
“There are smaller Art Deco-style apartments scattered throughout … but this has much bigger bones.
“It has the quality of a period home inside an apartment, which really separates it from the rest of the market.”
Mr Harbor said the vendor owned the property for about 11 years and thoroughly enjoyed living there.
“It is the perfect forever home for a mature, downsizing couple who still want space,” Mr Harbor said.
“It is all single level so you can drive in to the secure parking underneath, take a lift up to the apartment and have that huge floor space.
“Families who want generous accommodation but the benefits of the apartment lifestyle would also find the apartment desirable.
“It covers a diverse group of people.”
Mr Harbor said the private auction allowed some discretion at the pointy end of the sale.
“I expect the property will generate quite a lot of interest,” Mr Harbor said.
“It has been well received and the numbers have been good.”
It last sold for $2 million in November 2017, according to CoreLogic.
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