Rosemont: Historic Flemington home has built-in pipe organ

21 Shields Street, Flemington, is for sale.

A “diamond in the rough” period home with its own pipe organ is offering a slice of Flemington’s history unlike anything else.

The 1906-built ‘Rosemont’ was originally home to the Villani family, who catered at Flemington Racecourse, before being purchased by the Findlay family in 1937, who held ownership until 1980.

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The grand pipe organ is the main feature in the dining room.

A modern kitchen fits in nicely in the living room.

The home has been styled to honour its heritage.

The grand Queen Anne-style property then served as a community centre before the Findlays’ grandson, Glenn Findlay, bought back the property in 1994, restoring it to its former glory.

It’s now been listed for sale for $2.7m-$2.9m after Covid-19 left Mr Findlay, who founded the major events company Australian Bridal Service, and his company out of business.

“I was 15 when I walked up and down the hall and said I would buy it back,” Mr Findlay said.

“It’s a very sentimental property. The workmanship is quite unique — it’s the only one of its type in Flemington. It just feels like home when you walk in the door.”

Each of the property’s bedrooms look out onto the garden or courtyard.

It has been operating as both a business and residence.

Five spacious bedrooms make it the perfect family home.

Boasting five bedrooms, double street frontage and 115 years of character, the inner-suburban manor features 3.7m-high ceilings, six original fireplaces, cornices and leadlight windows.

A formal dining room with glass double-doors, a pipe organ and original mantelpiece are the property’s main attraction.

“It’s not a property that was ever meant to be sold … but at least it can be a new chapter, for a new family — they can have their memories,” Mr Findlay said.

Original leadlight windows frame the front door of the property.

Sit and enjoy the peace and quiet from the courtyard.

Jellis Craig Kensington agent Jerome Feery said it was a “showpiece home” on a large parcel of land.

“It’s a rare opportunity,” he said.

“The home itself; the grandeur, the street presence: it’s a diamond in the rough.”

The home has been listed for a forthcoming auction.

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