An impressive architect-designed home in Ballarat East is catching the eye of buyers from across Melbourne.
Split over five levels, the one-of-a-kind double-storey showpiece at 250 Long Street stands tall on a secluded 2719sq m block and comes with a $1.495-$1.595 million price guide.
A standout in the suburb, the property is a rare offering in the region and has drawn interest from all types of buyers, according to Barry Plant Ballarat agent Michael Golding.
“We’ve had enquiries from those looking for their first home, someone considering converting the property into an Airbnb, and seniors wanting to retire to a property with a difference,” he said.
“And this one is truly unique with its amazing design and timberwork.”
Balconies and high glass walls capturing views of the city are also among the numerous features that are attracting buyers, Mr Golding added.
Designed and built for the owners, the house has an angular exterior that displays rustic ironbark and exposed brick walls, gleaming metal posts and railings, and a striking pitched roofline.
Soaring raked ceilings and glass walls create a bright and spacious living environment, while engineered spotted gum floors and a fireplace bring character and warmth to interior spaces.
Multi-zoned living and entertainment areas meet all needs, and most flow out to sun-drenched decks and balconies, ideal for alfresco dining.
There is plenty of space to relax in the family room by a fireplace, or in the open-plan dining and kitchen area that leads to a breakfast room.
The stylish kitchen showcases a waterfall Corian stone island bench, premium appliances, and a fully fitted butler's pantry with a compact European-style laundry.
There are three comfortable bedrooms, including the main suite that occupies a private upper level with a walk-in wardrobe, elegant ensuite and an outdoor retreat.
On the ground floor, the hotel-style main bathroom has a walk-in shower, freestanding bath and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking private rear gardens.
Adding appeal is approved planning permits to subdivide a 1088sq m block on the property, a feature which offers potential to capitalise in the future.
The property is located 4km from the Ballarat CBD and has easy access to the Western freeway, perfect for Melbourne commuters.
Ballarat East is one of Victoria’s suburbs primed for a property boom this year, according to Hotspotting’s latest Price Predictor Index.
The property research website identified the area’s rising sales activity will lead to price growth in the coming months.
The median house price in Ballarat East jumped 20.6 per cent in the past 12 months to $490,000, according to realestate.com.au.
Described as a high-demand market by the property website, it had 1029 visits per property listing and 39 properties for sale as of April 7 this year.
Modern homes sprawl through the suburb, while heritage precincts including Eureka and York streets boast charming period houses, according to Mr Golding.
“The development of new estates, particularly around York and Joseph streets are also attracting buyers,” he said.
“Homes in the $500,000-$700,000 range are drawing interest from first-home buyers and investors.”