Stellar Kingston home undergoes incredible heritage overhaul


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51 Kennedy St Kingston could be the hidden gem you were looking for.

It’s rare to find a freestanding house in Kingston, let alone a renovated heritage stunner with a huge outdoor area like this.

Set on an 878sqm corner block in a quiet leafy street, this renovated heritage house is a special find in Kingston — a suburb mostly known for units.

“People forget Kingston has freestanding houses; it’s mostly duplexes,” says selling agent Louise Harget, principal of Belle Property Kingston.

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“And it’s a big house. The owner, Mick, did a fastidious renovation using older (experienced) tradies, so the craftsmanship is very high. There is a lot of attention to detail; he went to Melbourne to get tessellated tiles for the entry and features, custom-made to suit the period.

“It’s got lots of character but is functional and very much lived in. It’s not a fussy house, even though it’s immaculate,” she says.

Following the renovation and extension work, the house has multiple living zones across two floors — the basement level includes a huge garage, a media room, a gym, a fourth bedroom with an ensuite, a wine cellar and ample storage.

On the ground level, the original house has been sensitively updated and extended to create a sprawling floorplan for easy modern living.

This includes a separate lounge and adjoining study, a large master suite, two minor bedrooms, an open-plan living area, and direct access to an alfresco entertaining area.

“The incredible space at the back almost doubles the size of the house,” Harget says. “Lots of barbecues have been had here.”

Stunning period details merge with modern styling to create a warm and tasteful interior. Features include French doors, a wood fireplace, vaulted ceilings and original-era skirting and cornices.

The chic kitchen.

The kitchen is a standout with crisp-white full-height splashbacks, two Miele ovens, Caesarstone benchtops, a 900mm gas hob and a butler’s pantry.

Outside, the garden continues the heritage charm with Japanese maple and weeping cherry trees, lush lawns, red-brick paths and English roses.

Plenty of room to entertain.

Location wise, Harget says it’s conveniently close to everything — the city, the lake, the airport — “yet it feels like you’re in a sleepy suburb”.

51 Kennedy St, Kingston is currently for sale by negotiation.


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