Take a trip down memory lane at historic Eltham property


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10 Peter St, Eltham had a string of well known owners.

What do a war artist, bishop and editor of an influential journal have in common?

They have all owned the sprawling Arts and Crafts-style Eltham residence ‘Stanhope’, which Australian architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear designed in 1910.

The house at 10 Peter St, which is now for sale, was built for Will Longstaff, an official war artist for World War I who is best known for his painting ‘Menin Gate at Midnight’.

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The house has been updated over the years but has retained its charm.

Mr Longstaff is also the cousin of Sir John Longstaff, a painter that was a five-time winner of the Archibald Prize.

In 1928, Bishop Reginald Stephen took over the house, before the founding editor of the influential Meanjin Quarterly, Clem Christesen and wife Nina, secured it in 1946.

The property last changed hands in 2013 for $1.35 million, according to CoreLogic.

The sunroom provides a fantastic vista.

The kitchen has been updated.

Owners from all different walks of life over the years have only enhanced the five-bedroom house on 3841sq m of land.

The property has been beautifully preserved and seamlessly updated and extended.

Rich timber panelling, coffered ceilings, timber floors, an original fireplace and larder off the kitchen provide a hint of the old days, while an updated kitchen brings it into the 21st century.

Families will be attracted to the large property.

A fireplace in the bedroom will keep you warm in winter.

Jellis Craig Eltham agent Chris Chapman said the house had been tastefully renovated over the years.

“It is a character-filled home but quite practical and it is presented beautifully,” Mr Chapman said.

“It is also quite rare to find almost an acre (0.4ha) of land in that area.”

The property was initially a lot larger but was subdivided.

He said families would be interested in the property because of its size and practicality, as would those who liked the architectural style of it.

In addition to the family home there is also a studio with ensuite that is ideal for guests.

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The property also has two kitchen gardens, paved barbecue zone and integrated shed and barn/workshop.

An expressions of interest campaign for Stanhope closes on June 17. Price hopes are $1.8-$1.95 million.

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