382 CHURCH ST, RICHMOND
4 beds, 1 bath, four cars
It is not often one gets a chance to buy a slice of local history, but this is the case with this colonial four-bedroom home perched atop of Richmond Hill.
Originally built for James Burnley, a member of the family after which inner-east suburb was named, the property has been carefully updated to showcase its original period charm.
Built on substantial bluestone footings, the double-fronted villa-style home stands on a massive block of 511 sqm of prime real estate and is surrounded by gardens on all sides, with a hedge that provides privacy.
The vendor renovated the home shortly after he bought it two years ago, retaining period detailing throughout. At the same time, he converted a second dining room into a fourth bedroom.
The feeling of old-world space enhanced by modern styling pervades the property. In addition to the four generous bedrooms, there is a large living/dining area which provides a perfect setting for entertaining.
The stylish new kitchen that serves the area features granite benches and euro appliances.
The family-sized bathroom is finely appointed, finished with polished plaster and terrazzo accents. "The bathroom is different," the vendor says. "It looks quite European, but you can lean back in the spa and watch TV."
In addition, there is a large study/sunroom, a guest powder room and a large, functional laundry.
The aspect of the home the vendor most enjoys is the entertaining area, which is open and full of light.
"It is the best part of the house," he says. "It is open with high ceilings and still has a feeling of warmth with the fireplace."
The property also features a large cellar, with a fireplace, that could be used for any purpose. "It needs a little bit of love that I didn't get around to," the vendor says..
'It is the best part of the house. It is open with high ceilings and still has a feeling of warmth with the fireplace.'
There has a double lock-up garage and a side driveway which can provide on-site parking for a further two cars.
The house was built for James Burnley, the brother of William Bust Burnley (1813-1860) who bought the first of his holdings of land in what later became the suburb of Burnley at the second land auction held in the colony. James inherited the property upon William's death and build the Church St residence, naming it Ohio Cottage, after the American state where he had lived for some time.
PRICE GUIDE: $2.9m to $3.1m
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