Coburg’s heritage blends in with this stylish Victorian home


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Local history plays a prominent part in this Coburg home.

Coburg’s local history played a big part in the extension of this elegant Victorian.

The five-bedroom home at 42 Soudan St incorporates recycled bricks from the Tontine pillow factory originally located in Coburg, while timber barn doors were inspired by the historic Gilmours Milk Dairy.

The property, which is expected to head under the hammer on August 17, has a $1.38-$1.45 million price range.

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The heritage-inspired doors lead to the BBQ area.

The open-plan living area.

The elegant sitting room.

One of the five bedrooms.

Vendor Anne said the Victorian facade had been preserved, the kitchen and bathroom were re-done and the laundry had been converted into a butler’s pantry.

She said the extension provided a wonderful mix of local heritage and modern comforts, including hydronic heating in the floors.

“We wanted to use recycled bricks, and make it look like they had always been there as an existing feature,” Anne said.

“And there was an old dairy about 150-200 metres away. Bricks were uncovered that had been in the ground for so long that they had disintegrated. Otherwise, we would have used them in the build.

“It took quite a bit of time in the design phase to get it right … but it was important to incorporate local history.”

Three bedrooms and a sitting room or home office — all with built-in wardrobes — surround the entrance hallway.

It leads to the open-plan living domain and kitchen with a large butler’s pantry.

Beyond the plunge pool and outdoor entertainment area is a large lounge room, garage and courtyard, while two more bedrooms share a study nook and bathroom upstairs.

Nelson Alexander Coburg agent Steven Shaw said buyers loved the combination of the old and new.

He said the playground across the road helped to attract young families to the property.

“The original part of the home has lovely pressed metal ceilings, which are decorative and original, the living spaces are quite broad and everything has been updated over the last couple of years,” Mr Shaw said.

“They have kept the period house, and the extension looks amazing.”

Natural light coming through from the garden.

The plunge pool.

A chic lounge room in the rear extension.

The outdoor entertainment area.

Anne said the property would suit a range of buyers including those with parents living with them, or with teenagers who could “have the run of the back of the house”.

“It is in a great spot, and the families in the street are wonderful,” she said.

“I’m sorry to be moving, but life goes on.”

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