David and Yuge Bromley: artists selling pair of Ballarat properties

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Prolific property flippers Yuge and David Bromley are selling two pieces of real estate in Ballarat.

Artists David and Yuge Bromley are set to auction two Ballarat properties they’ve injected their signature style into.

The renowned painter and his fashion designer wife have listed a period house at 9 Humffray St South in the desirable inner suburb of Bakery Hill with a $350,000 asking price.

They’re also selling a neighbouring property at 23-29 Main Rd, featuring three warehouses the pair has thoroughly renovated, with hopes of more than $1 million.

The properties are due to be auctioned back-to-back from midday August 3.

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The house (left) and warehouses (right) listed by the artistic couple.

Inside the revamped warehouse at 23-29 Main Rd.

McQueen Real Estate director Kim McQueen said the Bromleys “(loved) buying old unloved buildings” and turning them into “artistic spaces”.

She said they’d done just that with these listings, with the warehouses in particular “rundown, almost derelict” when they stepped in.

“They’ve spent a fortune on it,” she said.

Joint listing agent Charles Kennedy, of Colliers International Ballarat, said the couple had originally planned to convert the warehouses into a museum, but a change of plans had since prompted the sale.

The warehouse was derelict before the couple stepped in.

The Bromleys “added their artistic touch” and restored features including exposed brick and the sawtooth ceiling.

The Bromleys had polished and painted the buildings’ concrete floors white, replaced broken glass in the spectacular sawtooth ceiling, retained exposed brick walls and “added their artistic touch”, Mr Kennedy said.

He said prospective buyers — from both Melbourne and the local area — had expressed interest in the property for uses including an antiques warehouse, automotive museum, and a distillery and restaurant.

It offers 1180sq m of building floorspace and 1890sq m of land across 11 different titles in a bustling part of Ballarat.

Mr Kennedy said high-density housing development Marvella Heights was in the works nearby, and Ballarat council had injected “quite a bit of money into beautifying Main Rd”.

The artists are also selling 9 Humffray St South.

The couple’s quirky style mixes with original period features at the house.

Ms McQueen said the Bromleys’ other listing, the three-bedroom Federation house, had commercial zoning. But buyers were looking at renovating and using it as a residence, as well as for small businesses including an accountancy firm, medical surgery, beautician, and bed and breakfast.

She said the artists had decorated the house with their usual flair, adding colourful light fittings and bespoke wallpaper displaying David’s art, while retaining original features including fretwork, fireplaces and stained-glass windows.

The house is commercially zoned, but some buyers are looking at it for residential purposes.

The house has a $350,000 asking price.

A colourful bathroom at the house.

The operators of store and gallery Bromley & Co also own Ballarat’s The Pub With Two Names. CoreLogic records show they paid $1.5 million for the pub in late 2016, going on to refurbish and rename it.

The prolific property flippers also recently sold houses they’d worked their magic on in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, the former for $750,000 and the latter, $545,000.

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