Historic South Melbourne site of one of city’s oldest homes for sale
A South Melbourne block home to one of the city’s oldest cottages is offering buyers a rare opportunity in the historic pocket.
The land at 6 Patterson Place houses the Bellhouse, one of the last prefabricated iron houses from the Gold Rush era.
It’s one of three modest cottages that remain from the 1850s in their original form in Melbourne. It’s also believed to be one of only two left in the world created by a leading British manufacturer at the time.
The property listing states the “north-facing rectangular shaped allotment currently houses a small brick toilet block and presents significant potential for a new single townhouse development”.
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The National Trust is relocating the historic Bellhouse building from the 123sq m block, which it has put on the market with $900,000-$950,000 price hopes.
The dwelling, which was originally built in Fitzroy, will join the other portable iron houses that still exist at the adjoined 399 Coventry St.
Greg Hocking Holdsworth agent Peter Zervas said the land for sale, which will include the heritage-protected toilet block, was large enough for a three-bedroom townhouse.
“I’ve never sold a block of land in South Melbourne and it’s very rare the opportunity comes up for sale,” Mr Zervas said.
“Most blocks also have heritage overlays so it’s unusual to be able to build from scratch.”
He said the heritage-protected brick facade of the shed with two powder rooms that will remain on site could be easily incorporated into a trendy townhouse design.
The block for sale has been sliced off the Trust’s land holding at Coventry St, where the Patterson House has been since it was constructed in 1855.
There were once 100 of the portable iron houses in South Melbourne, which were assembled from a kit for migrants moving to Australia during the Gold Rush.
The Bellhouse will be relocated before the block’s auction on July 29.
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