Strap in and enjoy this 100-year-old former Northcote leather shop

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The former shopfront with a long past is set for a new story.

Pick this former leather shop up by its bootstraps.

The circa-1919 property at 208 St Georges Rd was built by a leather worker and had a past life as a corner shop.

It has been retained as an investment property since 1991, and will head under the hammer on May 4 with a $880,000-$950,000 price range.

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Lots of potential inside.

The property backs onto a laneway.

One of three to four bedrooms.

Nelson Alexander Northcote agent Jonathan West said the 273sq m home was zoned commercially.

“The residence features three street frontages, large rooms, high ceilings, a period nature and buyers can use it for a shop or business,” Mr West said.

“The location is quite popular given it is on a main road, near public transport and close to the Fitzroy end of the city.”

Behind the striking orange facade are three bedrooms, a shop space or fourth bedroom and a living domain with a timber cabinet kitchen.

Outside is the low-maintenance courtyard and secure off-street parking.

Mr West said the vendors were at an age where they no longer needed a property investment.

“They have decided now might be the time to sell as they want to do other things with their money,” Mr West said.

Old school kitchen and dining area

The low-maintenance courtyard.

A potential consultancy room?

“It is mainly investors and buyers who run professional consultancy rooms who are looking at it.

“I think the interiors will be renovated over the next few years.”

The property is being rented to tenants for $670 per week.

It last sold for $176,000 in October 1997, according to CoreLogic.

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