Ex-Melbourne Demons player Clint Bartram’s heritage development of an inner northern landmark is already paying dividends.
After playing 103 AFL games, the defender and tagger shifted his focus to the grand former London Chartered Bank of Australia in Northcote.
His company is converting the old bank at 340-342 High St into 23 boutique apartments.
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The development is expected to cost more than $8 million, with the apartments selling for prices between $750,000 to $1.8 million.
Eleven of the residences have already sold.
Now managing director at TRES Property/1888 Northcote, which focuses on luxury developments in Northcote, Mr Bartram said respecting the history of the former bank was of the utmost importance.
“We have retained the entire building including the commercial shopfront downstairs, which now features a cafe,” Mr Bartram said.
“We have also incorporated the heritage features while still maintaining that modern, luxurious feel.”
“The aim is to respect the past while still embracing the future.”
Built in the late 1880s, the High Italian Renaissance revival style bank is of local and architectural importance, according to the Victorian Heritage Database.
The 130-year-old heritage facade and double-hung sash windows have been preserved.
Aimed at owner-occupiers, the apartments will feature open living and dining areas and a kitchen with stone benchtops and Miele appliances.
Other features will be basement carparking and city skyline views.
Mr Bartram said that he moved in to the property after retiring from the AFL in 2012, and has another four projects coming up in Northcote.
One of those developments will be at the first Lebanese bakery in Melbourne, but Mr Bartram would not reveal the exact address.
The apartments at 340-342 High St, Northcote are expected to be completed over the next 15 months.
The Herald Sun has previously reported the bank site at 340 High St sold in 2016 for almost $3.8 million.
Before that, it sold for $218,000 in May 1998.