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Berwick’s historical Burr Hill hits the market

Renovated early pioneer’s home in Olde Berwick up for auction

Burr Hill, an iconic property steeped in pioneering history in Melbourne’s southeast, has hit the market.

Built circa 1876, the four-bedroom house and cottage at 3 Burr Hill Court, Berwick, is one of the region’s earliest homes and is located in the heart of Olde Berwick, 41km from the CBD.


The heritage-listed house was part of William Brisbane’s farm in the 1800s, and the retirement home of Anne Wilson and her husband the Hon. James Buchanan, who settled in Berwick in the 1850s.

A wheat farmer and breeder of prized cattle, Buchanan bequeathed the property to the Presbyterian Church in 1914 and it was used as a manse until 1941.

As it changed hands over the years, Burr Hill was extended and renovated in keeping with its original character, according to Barry Plant Berwick agent Gabriel Nigro.

“Its timeless style and generous proportions inspire awe at every turn,” Mr Nigro said.

“We are expecting strong interest in this residence, particularly from families across the region who appreciate its history and rarity.”

The gated 3600sq m property sprawls behind a picket fence in an exclusive cul-de-sac of luxury homes with sensational views.


A lush garden of towering English trees and sweeping lawns creates a serene and private setting for the Victorian house adorned with verandas, a slate roof and decorative stonework.

An etched glass front door opens to a central corridor with timber floors, tall skirting boards, detailed architraves, arches and French doors.

Magnificent 3.6m imperial ceilings soar above large living and dining rooms with open fireplaces and double-hung windows adorned with stylish plantation shutters.

These rooms feature floorboards salvaged from buildings at the Adelaide Showground, according to the owners who have lived at the property for five years.

Taking pride in place in the heart of the home, a conservatory-style family room is flooded with light streaming in through glass walls and a stunning atrium-style skylight.

“This is our favourite room where we often watch birds fly over the house,” the owner said.

A gas log fireplace and parquetry flooring bring character and warmth to this room, the bay-shaped meals area and renovated kitchen, where an original chimney harks back to a bygone era.

Today’s gourmet chef will be impressed by the premium induction cooktop, Miele range hood and wall ovens, complemented by marble-topped island bench and sleek cabinetry with gleaming feature copper panels.

A walk up a level reveals an updated bathroom and three bedrooms, including the main suite with a walk-in wardrobe and elegant marble en suite with an egg-shaped stone bathtub.


Nestled below ground level, the original kitchen with a fireplace and bread oven provides further living and entertainment options, plus space for a treasured wine collection.

A powder room, fully fitted laundry, hydronic heating, split-system air conditioning, security system and a double garage add to the home’s appeal.

With its swimming pool, tennis court and a self-contained cottage for guests, Burr Hill offers resort-style living for family and friends.

Backing on to Arch Brown Reserve, the property is within easy walking distance of schools, transport and Berwick village with its quaint shops and cafes, supermarkets and gourmet restaurants.

Burr Hill is up for auction on December 4 at 11 am with a $2.7-$2.95 million price guide.