Fitzroy North oasis the former home of author Sarah Darmody
A leafy gem, formerly home to author Sarah Darmody, is up for grabs in Fitzroy North.
Darmody — who wrote books including Ticket to Ride: Lost and Found in America and Film, It’s a contact sport — renovated the circa-1890 Victorian terrace at 476 Brunswick St and sold it in 2017, after more than 10 years, for $1.2 million, according to CoreLogic.
The property, named Alfred Cottage, was purchased by another creative, and is now on the market for $1.15-$1.2 million.
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During her ownership, Darmody released 2009 book Thanks for the Mammaries — a collection of stories from high-profile authors including Marian Keyes, Maggie Alderson and Marieke Hardy, from which all proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Nelson Alexander Fitzroy agent Mason Staver said the elm tree at the rear was a great source of inspiration.
“The old tree, which is perched at the back, should belong in Edinburgh Gardens,” Mr Staver said.
“Inside are period details including pressed metal ceilings that are in excellent order, and the ivy vines on the facade hides the boundary walls … and makes it feel like a hidden oasis.
“There is a warmth and intimacy which sort of casts against the fact that it’s wide and spacious.”
Beyond the lush front porch, the arched entry passes two stylish bedrooms and leads to the open-plan living domain with a period fireplace.
The dining room opens to the kitchen with bluestone floors, a five-burner commercial oven and a vaulted sky-lit ceiling.
A bathroom, studio or third bedroom, and garden with the spectacular elm tree is at the rear of the house.
Mr Staver said the vendors were moving on because of work commitments.
He said it would ”feel like a crime” if, after all the previous owners, the next buyers weren’t creative.
“Young professionals would see value in it, and it is big enough to suit a young and growing family,” he said.
“It is a very universal home, which is hard to find in most terraces which can be slim and limited in some respects.”
The property is expected to head under the hammer at noon August 17.
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