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Kilmore’s record winter sales point to robust spring market

Kilmore historic landmarks change hands as Mitchell Shire market heats up

Historical landmark properties in Kilmore were the highlight of the record month of sales achieved by Barry Plant Mitchell Shire in July.

The agency sold 57 properties last month, among the highest number of sales in the Barry Plant Group in July, according to agency director Simon Best.

“This is an indication of a hot spring market ahead,” Mr Best said.

One of the two historical listings that changed hands was Melrose Hall, a nine-bedroom lifestyle home on 2ha at 12 Melrose Drive.

An owner-occupier from the Yarra Valley, attracted to the property’s history, land size and country setting, snapped up the homestead for an undisclosed price.

The buyer paid more than triple the suburb’s median house price of $550,000 for the landmark, Mr Best added.

“It is one of the finest homes in the area and a rare offering on the market,” he said.

The owners, who raised a family there for more than two decades, are downsizing.

The property had changed hands 10 times since it was built in 1860 by local identity Thomas de Coursey Meade, an Irish solicitor and Clerk of Courts.

Sprawled on a hill with magnificent views of the rural landscape, the neo-Tudor house features handmade bricks, solid stone foundations, a slate roof and enclosed verandas.

Extensively restored in the late 1980s, it includes seven bedrooms, a renovated kitchen and breakfast room, multiple living and dining areas, sunrooms, and two cellars, one thought to have been the original kitchen.

Melrose Hall is set in park-style surrounds that include Laurel Hill Cottage, which has been used as a B&B.

A historical building in the heart of Kilmore at 28 Sydney Street sold before auction for $640,000.

“Attracting two buyers, it sold within the expected price range to a local investor,” Mr Best said.

Leased by The Kilmore Bookstore, the circa 1860s double-storey building was once a bootmaker’s shop, according to Mr Best.

On a 733sq m double block with rear access via Patrick Street, it includes a double-fronted shop and a three-bedroom residence.

The shop has a kitchenette, while the residence has a flexible floorplan that includes a living and kitchen area, lounge room with a fireplace and balcony, bathroom and storerooms.

Serving Kilmore, Wallan, Broadford, Beveridge, Pyalong, Tallarook, Upper Plenty and surrounding areas, Barry Plant Mitchell Shire has a wide variety of listings on offer.

A high-end 30ha lifestyle property at 330 Sugarloaf Creek Road, Broadford, has just hit the market and is attracting strong interest.

Priced at $1.9-$2.05 million, the five-bedroom rammed-earth home with eco-design principles has spectacular views of rolling hills and mountain ranges.

The single-level interior features double-glazed windows and three-metre ceilings that soar above spacious living, dining and entertainment zones.

A kitchen with commercial-grade appliances and Cheminees Philippe fireplaces add to the home's appeal.

Other features include a dam with the ability to pump to the home, a bore with a quality Grundfos pump, a water tank, quality fencing, multiple paddocks and a cattle yard.

Residents enjoy the best of both worlds at the property, located 84km from Melbourne’s CBD, and near Broadford Primary School, train station, shops, cafes, Assumption College and Kilmore International School.