Arriving at this converted Thornbury warehouse is like walking into a funky inner-city bar.
Pops of greenery and a bold neon sign create an instantly mysterious and “seductive” feel, while a towering barn door hides a renovation carefully curated to juggle “old and new”.
Formerly the site of locally known Tomkins Dairy, the suburban pad at 3/40 Shaftesbury Parade combines exposed beams and original brickwork from the building’s 1924 origins with sleek modern fittings.
Boutique developer Mark Connellan and wife Kate have lived at the property for almost 10 years, and have now listed it with $1.2m-$1.3m price hopes as they make a move to the country.
They spent 18 months renovating the warehouse after purchasing it as a shell in 2011, making it into the ultra-cool industrial home it is today.
“You don’t know if you’re walking down a laneway to a bar, a restaurant or our place,” Mr Connellan said.
“I call it the Flinders Lane of the suburbs — it’s unpretentious and interesting. It’s gritty, and a little bit quirky.
“It’s these left-of-centre residences that create the wonderful parts of these suburbs.”
Mr Connellan, who specialises in warehouse and old Victorian-era conversions, said “no expense was spared” when reinventing the space into a three-bedroom home.
“We dug the trenches and did some pretty amazing things,” he said.
“We wanted to do justice to a building that has a bit of history.
“It had old brick floors, nothing had been done for 70 or 80 years. But we took a long time fitting it out, trying to create a nice combination of old and new.”
The three bedrooms, a bathroom and courtyard can be found on the ground floor.
Upstairs, a large living and dining space opens out to a decking area.
Mr Connellan said the custom-made barn door and two outdoor living spaces were his favourite features.
“We wanted to do an amazing front door and we got this giant barn door made,” he said.
“It was so heavy we couldn’t move it, so we had to get a crane to put it in. Then it was too heavy to move so we had to get it automated.
“I love the outdoor area, we can stand on our bench seat and watch the fireworks at New Year’s Eve.”
He said the “statement entertainer’s property” would be perfect for anyone wanting a unique home in the heart of one of Melbourne’s most vibrant suburbs.
The property will go to auction on May 29 and is being sold by Jellis Craig Northcote director Sam Rigopoulos.
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