19 January 2020

Goulburn heritage harmonises with light touches

| John Thistleton
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Belmore Street, Goulburn

Centrally located in Belmore Street, Goulburn, this character home has many discreet modern upgrades. Photos: Supplied.

Restorations, renovations, additions and multi-million-dollar residential property sales are throwing a spotlight on Goulburn’s collection of heritage homes.

As well as lifting prices in the historic, prestige residential market, investment from Sydney and Canberra means the owners of the limited number of heritage homes in a leafy, sought-after precinct can afford to splash out on designers, tradies, interior decorators and materials without risking over-capitalising. Carefully considered renovations have been powering ahead, including at 12 Belmore Street, which is on the market for $1,030,000.

Sparkling pool

A sparkling pool sits secluded at the rear of the home.

Listing agent Zeb Alaia from Raine & Horne Goulburn says the owners’ upgrades have certainly increased the home’s value from its previous listing.

“It has been a remarkable change,” Zeb says. “If you are looking for a home where heritage meets modern architecture in the middle of town, inspect this home.

“It is one of the iconic homes in Goulburn and you don’t get homes of this age very often, which still has charm about it but is also appealing for younger buyers. It covers a plethora of buyers out there,” Zeb says.

“In the last six or so days that it has been on the market we have had half a dozen inquiries already, two inspections, all of them ranging from Sydney to Canberra as well as the coast.’’

Over the years this Federation landmark home has been enhanced with several major building projects including skylights and a resort-style designer ensuite. The lounge and dining rooms have stackable doors which open onto a wide veranda overlooking a deep, inviting swimming pool. The sheltered decking area is ideal for barbecues and family gatherings.

Bright kitchen

A light, bright kitchen has great storage and faces the dining room.

The gourmet kitchen has a long island bench with a large sink, microwave oven space, dishwasher and abundant drawers. The kitchen faces the dining room and also leads to an external patio.

A long and spacious hallway leading to the living areas is flanked by five bedrooms, including the large master bedroom which has a built-in wardrobe and large, luxurious ensuite.

Throughout the white, light-filled interior, period features including high, pressed metal ceilings and original marble fireplaces can be found in three of the over-sized bedrooms. Modern comforts include under-floor gas heating and reverse-cycle air conditioning.

Rear deck area

The rear deck area is ideal for entertaining friends and family.

The corner block covers 1375 square metres, and roses and silver birches shade a cottage garden in the front yard. Open lawns ideal for play areas stretch across the backyard which also has established shady trees.

From Belmore Street, the old home appears in its original condition. Tessellated tiles cover the front veranda which is trimmed with wrought-iron lace. The external roof is lightly crowned with ornate trimmings.

In a neighbourhood where several substantial homes designed by the acclaimed architect EC Manfred sit under mighty oak and plane trees, 12 Belmore Street is also surrounded by other beautiful dwellings which have notched up notable sales recently. These include ‘Carrawarra House’ which sold for $1,070,000. The 1883 double-storey home with six bedrooms owned by the Sisters of Saint John of God had more recently been a NSW Government-operated brain injury recovery centre.

Bathroom skylight

A skylight gives the bathroom a splash of natural light.

Another home, formerly Hurstville Cottage and known today as ‘Bulwarra’, sold for $2,150,000 late last year. Much work in recent times has been done to dismantle unsympathetic unit conversions to restore the original building.

Nearby in Hurst Street, ‘Shanklin’, a five-bedroom, three-bathroom Queen Anne Federation home is back on the market for $1,250,000. This 1911 home, which has a swimming pool and restored red PMG phone box in the garden, sold for $1,050,000 in 2017.

Architects joined a property bonanza in the late 1800s in Goulburn, fuelled by the wool boom and arrival of rail. They have left a trail of Georgian, Victorian and Federation homes in their wake of which the spectacular 12 Belmore Street is a great example.

To learn more about this magnificent property, visit Raine & Horne Goulburn.

Original Article published by John Thistleton on The RiotACT.

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