Private ballroom to sweep buyers off their feet in Canterbury


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7 Mangarra Rd, Canterbury has a ballroom out the back.

An Edwardian villa in Canterbury is set to sweep buyers off their feet with its own private ballroom.

Potential buyers will be able to hit the dance floor at 7 Mangarra Rd as it has just been listed for sale.

The Arts and Crafts-inspired house ‘Shenley Croft’ was designed by architect John Edmund Burke in the early 1900s.

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The ballroom has been used as a dance studio for many years.

Jellis Craig agent Jonathon O’Donoghue said the 1320sq m property on two titles had been in the same family for a long time.

“It has a dance studio out the back and a lot of people have been taught how to dance there,” Mr O’Donoghue said.

“It is on a fabulous big block of land and it is a very interesting-style home, it has a bit of Cape Cod-style to it.”

The house is in largely original condition.

The kitchen has an open fireplace.

The enchanting period home is largely original with 3.6m-high ceilings, polished timber accents and flowing French doors.

The floorplan includes four bedrooms, a study, living and sitting areas, dining room, kitchen with fireplace, bathroom with claw-foot bath, a cellar and an attic.

Wallpaper on the ceilings and walls, plus some colourfully painted walls, timber floors and open fireplaces create an interesting home.

There is plenty of potential for a renovation.

Transform the house into a family home.

Mr O’Donoghue said the property would attract a buyer looking for a project to make their own.

“It has a heritage overlay but someone could do it up beautifully and it is structurally in very good condition,” he said.

“It needs someone with a vision to come through and make it their own.”

The property is of local historical and aesthetic significance as a fine and substantially intact example of a large timber Edwardian residence in the Queen Anne style incorporating a number of Old English and medieval references.

The ballroom was added on to the house in 1965.

The residence is believed to have replaced a seven-room weatherboard house in 1905-1906.

In 1965 the ballroom was added and is positioned behind the house and is not visible from the street.

Buyers are encouraged to put their best foot forward at auction on June 15 at noon. The price guide is $4.1 million.

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