Old pub to change hands after more than 70 years of memories


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A lifetime of memories in this former Carlton pub.

A couple are calling last drinks after a life spent in a former pub.

The circa-1860 property at 58 Faraday St, Carlton has at different points been a drinking hole, confectionery and grocer.

Vendor Basil and his partner, Joy, acquired the home from Basil’s parents in the 1960s, following its conversion to a residence in the 1940s.

It is now on the market for $950,000-$1 million.

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The homely kitchen.

The living room with a vintage fireplace.

Joy said they moved into the house after getting married.

“Basil’s mother bought the property in 1952, transferred to Basil in the 1960s … and it’s been in the family since,” she said.

“His parents had two boys, and they were among the first families to come to Carlton. They had others staying here, and it became like a family centre.

“Basil’s parents were very generous when we got married. They had moved to East Coburg … and it became ours.

“They were building those hideous high rises when we moved in, and the property was earmarked for demolition. We didn’t think we’d be here long but, fortunately, that didn’t happen.

“Basil is now 80 and has pretty much lived here his entire life.”

The property features a bedroom, kitchen and laundry, which opens to the courtyard, on the ground floor.

Three bedrooms, two with fireplaces, share a bathroom upstairs, while the downstairs living room has access to the original pub cellar “where the barrels used to go” from the 1860s.

Despite being “painted over 1000 times”, a grocer ghost sign is still visible on the facade.
Nelson Alexander Carlton North agent Rick Daniel said the property was prime for renovation.

“The property is in a very quiet pocket between Nicholson and Rathdowne St, and a couple of parks are within 50m of the doorstep,” Mr Daniels said.

“I expect the next buyer will change the interiors, how that is done depends on the person.”

The floor-to-ceiling tiled bathroom.

The low-maintenance courtyard.

One of four bedrooms.

Joy said it was a good family home where they successfully raised three children.

“Everything is still here, but it has stairs which are no longer suitable … so we have been forced to downsize,” she said.

“We are hoping to stay in the area, as it’s my husband’s village.

“I know (the next buyer will) do a lot to it, but I hope they appreciate the house we’ve lived in all these years.”

The property will head under the hammer on June 22

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