A worn bluestone beauty for sale for the first time in 85 years has brought to the surface a traditional battler suburb’s bygone era.
The shire offices turned house on 2226sq m at 11-17 Ardlie St, Westmeadows was built when Broadmeadows was a rural village en route to the goldfields.
Named Latrobe, the four-bedroom property has been home to the same family since 1934 and is now on the market for $2-$2.2 million.
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The bluestone house was built in 1866 for the Broadmeadows District Roads Board as the Shire of Broadmeadows Hall, according to Heritage Victoria.
Displaying the character and charm of a bygone era, the property is steeped history and now nestles in the heart of suburbia — but could fall into the hands of developers.
It features a red-brick extension that was constructed in 1904 to accommodate the VicRoads office and jail.
Jellis Craig’s Peter Vigano said the property was a rare find that generated interest within 24 hours of listing.
“The sensational heritage-listed building is one of its kind in the area and has survived 153 years of use and eclectic extensions,” he said.
Potential buyers included Hume City Council, Quest Apartments and Hotels, and developers.
A buyer from Kew hoped to establish a multistorey apartment and office building on the site, opposite the pub, while another from the CBD was looking to build warehouses and factories.
“There are a few irons in the fire,” Mr Vigano said.
The drawcards were the property’s size, historical significance and location.
“It is an undiscovered gem with unlimited potential,” Mr Vigano said.
The large block with three frontages in a commercial zone was a rarity in Westmeadows and ideal for development, according to Mr Vignano.
There was scope to establish a hotel-motel, child or aged care facility, airport parking, offices and apartments or units on the site, he said.
“It could also be used for education, worship, leisure or recreational, or industrial facilities, subject to council and Heritage Victoria approvals.”
The bluestone and granite building with a veranda and slate roof is in original condition and ripe for restoration.
The interior displays timber floors, pressed metal ceilings, panelled wooden walls with picture rails, french doors and long hallways.
There is an old outbuilding that leans to one side but retains its original timber shingles beneath a corrugated iron roof.
Near a stone bridge, the property is opposite the Westmeadows Tavern and near Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, parks, ovals, shops, freeways and the airport.
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