New Beaumaris Hotel conversion pays homage to site's storied history

The original Great Southern in Melbourne’s south-east was built 125 years ago, and a new development on the site is seeking to pay homage to its predecessor.

The clifftop Great Southern Hotel was opened by property developers in 1889 to provide a seaside resort for thousands of Melbournians who travelled by horse-drawn tram to the hotel. In the 1920s, it was renamed the Beaumaris Hotel.

The elaborate building burned down in the Beaumaris bushfires of 1944, and rebuilt in 1950 as The Beaumaris.

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Now, the site has been converted into 58 apartments. About 60% of the original building has been restored, including its eye catching verandahs. The apartments are selling through Bert Geraerts & Tony Stuart of Kay and Burton, who have put together a video on the site’s history.

The development, by Cieran Kayes and designed by Ten32, comes after a three year planning battle with the local council.

Prices range from $450,000 for a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment to $2.3 million for a penthouse in the new development.


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