Banyule Homestead to be restored and lived in after off-market sale

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Heidelberg’s historic Banyule Homestead has sold in an off-market deal.

Heidelberg’s historic Banyule Homestead has sold once again, after its owners gave up the battle to turn it into a wedding venue.

The heritage property at 60-71 Buckingham Drive changed hands in an off-market deal since plans to commercialise the 1846 residence were slapped down.

Jellis Craig Ivanhoe agent James Goulopoulos said the property sold for an undisclosed price, which was “a lot more” than its previous $5.2 million sale in 2015.

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It was sold after plans to turn it into a wedding venue were rejected. Picture: Valeriu Campan

“The buyers are a local family who are going to enjoy living at the property because they absolutely love it,” Mr Goulopoulos said.

“They’re looking forward to restoring it as it definitely needs some tender loving care.”

The Toorak vendors never lived at the eight-bedroom mansion, which they planned to turn into a venue called The Voeux that could host up to 160 people until 10.30pm every night.

How the historic homestead looked when it sold in 2015.

How the neglected mansion look now after its recent sale.

But furious residents campaigned against the permit application that also included adding acoustic fencing and 48 car parks to the block.

The plans were rejected by Banyule City Council and also slapped down by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last year.

Mr Goulopoulos said the neglected mansion was bought just a couple of weeks into the private campaign and the buyer’s plans to restore the property suited the demands of nearby residents.

The property has sold for an undisclosed price, which is understood to have set a new record.

The new family will live at the residence and restore it to its former glory.

The sale has set a new record for the suburb, which the mansion also previously held when it sold for $5.2 million in 2015.

Set on about 9100sq m, the house was built for Sydney overlander Joseph Hawdon and designed by colonial architect John Gill. It has been used as the backdrop for Shaun Micallef series The Ex-PM.

Heritage Council of Victoria documents state it’s architecturally significant as “one of the earliest surviving houses in Victoria” and “a rare example of a pre-gold rush house in Melbourne to have retained a substantial part of its original appearance and setting”.

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