A brilliant Italianate facade, commanding position atop St Kilda Hill and genuine “scarcity value” are expected to lure buyers to a 139-year-old mansion.
The rare Victorian at 34 Charnwood Rd, St Kilda was built by Toorak builder Henry Everest.
It was later converted into flats, and ex-VFL footballers Arthur and Ted Leach at one point held an interest in the property, according to documentation from selling agency Marshall White.
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Marshall White Bayside agent Sam Hobbs said the six-bedroom, five-bathroom residence was now being offered for the first time in 45 years, with a $3.4-$3.6 million price guide.
It’s set to be auctioned on February 23.
Its longtime owner restored it as a grand home during their time there, including installing an indoor pool, but there is scope to renovate further.
Period grandeur persists in Baltic pine floors, intricate leadlight windows, soaring decorative ceilings with ornate cornices, and marble fireplaces.
Other highlights include formal and informal living and dining rooms, a north-facing garden with a self-contained cottage, and a turret offering city views.