Artist retreat with ties to the Heidelberg School for sale
A townhouse within a romantic old mansion used as a stop over for artists on the way to the Heidelberg School has hit the market in Alphington.
The three-bedroom townhouse at 2/1 Tower Ave is one of three homes in the converted mansion, known as Edgebaston and built by button and medal maker Thomas Stokes between 1883 and 1886.
Townhouse owner and artist Suzanne Corbett, also known as Aimee a’quinta, said a number of artists had lived at and visited the property over the years.
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“Painters from the Heidelberg School were active around the riverlands and friendly with the Stokes family,” she said.
“The property was a stopping point on their way to the artist camp. Walter Withers was one who stayed there, Frederick McCubbin may have stayed there and Constance Stokes married into the (Stokes) family.”
Ms Corbett said Austrian-born landscape artist Eugene Von Guerard’s first painting in Australia captured the site where the mansion was built.
She said the home was in a lovely location for an artist.
“It is in a leafy cul-de-sac with rivers, native bushlands and parklands nearby,” she said.
The mansion was split into three townhouses in the 1920s.
Ms Corbett’s two-storey townhouse, which has an asking price of $1.05-$1.15 million, includes a kitchen with a commercial stove, and an open-plan living and dining area with a fireplace on the ground floor. A bedroom and study or second bedroom are upstairs. There’s also a separate studio with a bathroom and a loft bedroom above.
Ms Corbett said the mansion’s gardens were a highlight.
“It is an irregular shape, but very established and extensive with lots of courtyard space and a meandering pathway around the building and studio,” she said. “Every window of the house and studio has a garden view.”
Jellis Craig Fitzroy agent Hamish Adam said the kitchen and living areas had a French villa quality.
“The house is unlike anything you will find in Melbourne,” Mr Adam said. “The bright colours suit the vendor’s personality, and sitting in front of the fire while looking on to the garden is delightful.
“It is an oasis close to trees, birdlife, the river and the city, which people love.”
The townhouse is set to head under the hammer on June 1.
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