Filmmaker and artist Maggie Fooke is selling the Fitzroy mansion she’s run the Brooklyn Arts Hotel from for more than a decade.
Ms Fooke has $4.2-$4.5 million price hopes for the landmark, which was built at 50 George St in 1865 and later extended in Gothic ecclesiastical style by New York entrepreneur Joseph Levy.
Nelson Alexander Fitzroy director Arch Staver said whoever bought the rare abode — which had also been a boarding house during its long history — could convert it into “one of Fitzroy’s grandest homes”.
“It could be one of the very best in the inner city,” Mr Staver said.
“We’re not selling the business — Maggie plans to wind it up, she wants to go back to Castlemaine and do something else.”
Mr Staver said Ms Fooke had run the European-style boutique hotel from the 12-bedroom property since about 2005, when CoreLogic records show the property sold for $1.5 million.
She’d hosted “a number of well-known people within the theatre, TV and arts scenes”
over the years.
“Unfortunately I’m not allowed to reveal any names,” Mr Staver said.
He said the leafy 460sq m block offered two street frontages, to George and Little Gore Sts, allowing for the possibility of creating a second residence on the site.
The property also boasted “grandly proportioned rooms”, period flourishes including open fireplaces and floorboards, and an established backyard garden.
Ms Fooke has previously owned Castlemaine landmarks the 1854 Theatre Royal and 1923 mansion Green Gables, both on Hargreaves St.
Fitzroy’s residential price record has been held by 43 Gore St since 2017, when Madman Entertainment co-founder Paul Wiegard and his wife Sarah sold it for $4.9 million.