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Historic Heidelberg home with colourful history on the market after nearly 50 years


A historic Heidelberg home at 118 Brown St is for sale.

One of Heidelberg’s oldest homes, with restored maids’ quarters and a wine cellar, has hit the market for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Travel back in time when stepping inside 118 Brown St, owned by artist Alexandra Kimonides and her husband Andrew since 1975.

Impressive paintings by Ms Kimonides are on display and blend perfectly with the old-world charm of the late-1800s home.

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The house was built in the late-1800s.

Period details, including four fireplaces, are inside.

The grand Victorian is for private sale.

Elevated on one of Melbourne’s highest hills, the century-old Victorian has a $1.8-$1.98 million price guide.

Mr Kimonides said they were the fourth owners of the historic home and previous owners included the local vicar, a Norwegian sea captain and lawyers.

“We refurbished the maids quarters into a self-contained apartment, with a new bathroom, bedroom and kitchenette,” Mr Kimonides said.

“There are also two huge wine cellars, which we have used for storage.”

Artist Alexandra Kimonides owns the house, which is full of her impressive work.

The property could be renovated or extended.

The couple left the property relatively untouched, with its arches, Baltic pine floorboards, intricate fireplaces and an exposed brick kitchen still in original form.

Despite being one of the oldest houses in Heidelberg, it does not have heritage protection.

“It’s too valuable to demolish for townhouses,” Mr Kimonides said.

“Anybody who knows what they’re doing would be interested in the potential of this house and taking it a lot further.”

The original brick kitchen inside.

Upper East Side agent Peter Bozinoski said it would be impossible to replicate the style of the home.

“It could be renovated inside and there could even be a beautiful extension at the back, where you have views all the way to Kinglake.”

The grand four-bedroom family home would be the suburb’s priciest sale this year, CoreLogic data shows.

The property is for private sale, with offers closing August 27.

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