Fireplaces not quite ablaze at weekend auction offerings

Fireplaces not quite ablaze at weekend auction offerings
Fireplaces not quite ablaze at weekend auction offerings

Fireplaces are set to become an important selling feature as winter arrives, although selling agents haven't yet lit them all ablaze.

There were three downstairs fireplaces - but none lit in the marketing - at the East Melbourne top seller where the 1904 Chedhertha (above) fetched $5.1 million.

Listed by Caine Real Estate, 36-38 Hotham Street had $4.6 million-plus price guidance having last sold 93 years ago. The family who paid 2000 pounds in the 1920s for the quaint house named it after their children – Cedric, Herman and Bertha.

More elaborate fireplaces were on display, and in one room quitemodern, but again none of them were lit in the marketing of 231 Canterbury Road, St Kilda West (below) which was among the weekend's highest sales in Melbourne.

The Marshall White agent Michael Paproth sold it shortly after it was passed in at $4.85 million, with the buyers' agency in attendance, noting three bidders.

Fireplaces not quite ablaze at weekend auction offerings

There was a blazing fire place at an architectural gem on offer at Mosman, although the $2.29 million buyer will knock down the Modernist, Arthur Cozens-designed two-bedroom house at 20 Bullecourt Avenue (below).

Fireplaces not quite ablaze at weekend auction offerings

The 1950s Mosman home commissioned by the late Stella Tottenham, an editor of the national architecture magazine Architecture, fetched $290,000 more than its reserve at weekend auction. 

Cozens designed a two-level, flat-roofed house sited high above Middle Harbour, built in warm-toned face brick with white timber fascias, sun-break louvres and window frames, an open-plan living space with fire place lined with natural timber, along with a window wall oriented to the view.

It was such cleverness of Australian small house design that was proclaimed in issue after issue of Architecture.

At Bellevue Hill the modern architectually-designed home that appeared on ABC's Dream Build series in 2013 has been listed for private treaty sale.

The 2010 new-build took on the best parts of the 1960s home designed by architect Henry Rossler that sat on the 923 sqm land parcel.

The four bedroom home was designed by Marsh Cashman Koolloos Architects (below).

Fireplaces not quite ablaze at weekend auction offerings

It comes with a Cheminees Chazelles double-side, wood-burning fireplace.

Alison Coopes at Agency by Alison Coopes is taking offers on the Bulkara Road property with $10 million plus likely interest. 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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