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World-renowned artist restores Geelong West home to former glory

Architectural interests
03 November 2023
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Mayor’s 1880s heritage home hits the market

A landmark historical property cleverly restored by a world-renowned artist has just been listed in Geelong West.

The Victorian house on 891sq m at 27-29 Preston Street, is a unique offering coveted by lovers of heritage homes and those wanting a large landholding, according to Barry Plant Geelong agent Dion Plumb.

“This property is prized for its historical value and high standard of restoration,” he said.

“It’s also double the average block size in Geelong West and offers off-street parking which is rare in this area.”

Built by former Geelong West Mayor GJ Searle in the 1880s, the grand four-bedroom house named Landreath, was home to the Searle family for more than a century.

The property changed hands about 30 years ago when it was bought by internationally renowned realist artist Janne Kearney.

A winner of numerous awards, Kearney has exhibited her works in galleries across the world, including London, Italy, Spain, USA and the UK.

Over the years, she has lovingly restored the property to its former glory, paying homage to the Victorian era with meticulous attention to detail.

Reflecting the passion and dedication of its owner, it is truly an inspired work of art that retains all of its original features.

Making an eye-catching statement behind a wrought-iron fence, the house displays an ornate return veranda and exquisite leadlight front door, which opens to the interior rich in period character and charm.

The eye is drawn to a decorative formal arch with 24kt goldleaf moulding, original Oregon timber floors, pressed metal dado walls, and towering ceilings with beautifully painted roses.

Marble fireplaces, plush Victorian drapes and bold colour schemes adorn the rooms, including the grand drawing room, with a ceiling rose and cornices hand painted with 24k gold and rose gold embellishments.

At the end of the traditional hallway, lies an addition where a vast open-plan living zone features a conservatory-style dining area set under a turret recreated into a work of art.

Black granite benchtops and high-end appliances, including a Falcon stove and Smeg dishwasher, shine in the classic Baltic timber kitchen, complete with a butler’s pantry and original cellar.

Other original features include the outhouse with a working cistern, the maids’ quarters ideal as a teenager’s retreat, and the stable and tack rooms that are now a studio and workshop.

There is also a gazebo with café blinds and extendable deck for outdoor entertainment, and a beautifully landscaped garden with a private courtyard, fountain and a magnificent espalier crabapple tree.

The large property is a leafy haven and a private sanctuary in the heart of Geelong West, according to Mr Plumb.

“This suburb has mainly smaller miner’s cottages, so a larger property such as this that has been restored to a high standard is a prized offering,” he said.

Landreath is for private sale with an estimated price range of above $2 million.

Architectural interests
03 November 2023
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