AV Jennings: developer’s old Ivanhoe home sells at auction


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8 Melcombe Rd, Ivanhoe sold at auction.

An Ivanhoe Art Deco beauty where property development pioneer AV Jennings once lived has sold at auction.

eaumont, at 8 Melcombe Rd, changed hands for $1.335 million as two buyers battled for the keys.

After 12 bids and a halftime break, the 1930s property was called on the market. The hammer quickly fell after no further bidding.

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The house was built by property developer AV Jennings.

Mr Jennings developed house and land packages across Australia.

Jellis Craig Ivanhoe auctioneer Kieran Whaley said the three-bedroom Moderne house was a “piece of history”, on the same street Mr Jennings built one of his first estates.

He added the vendors had styled it the same way the Australian Property Hall of Fame inductee would have, when living there with his family, including his son and ex-politician Doug Jennings.

Mr Jennings built the home during the early days of his namesake company, which developed house and land packages across Australia.

The property sold for $1.335 million.

Art Deco charm is in every room.

Modern appliances are in the kitchen.

The adjoining house at 6 Melcombe Rd was used as the sales office.

Exposed timber, Art Deco green features in the bathroom, a bluestone patio and landscaped gardens packed the property full of charm.

Other highlights include a kitchen with modern appliances, a light-filled lounge and dining room.

Gardens include a charming pond.

There were three bedrooms inside.

The street is still full of clinker brink homes, which Mr Whaley compared to “an authentic Old English country estate”.


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