House of the Week: A grand old Ballarat Central gem that comes with huge potential


  • 23 bedrooms | 6 bathroom | 4 car
  • 202 Dawson Street South, Ballarat Central
  • Price: $1,500,000 - $1,650,000 
  • Agent: Harcourts Ballarat
  • Phone: Andy Tunbridge on  0422 605 677
  • Inspect: By appointment

The opportunity to secure this grand old building is undoubtedly a rare find within Ballarat Central . 

Circa 1885, this beautiful property was originally a class 3 boarding house. The owners have painstakingly renovated the three level property, returning it to its original glory with ornate features and fixtures from this notable period in Australian architecture.

Since July 2017, the property has been successfully operating as a live-in hobby bed and breakfast, utilising nine bedrooms on the ground floor. Visit the website, to see how the owners are currently using the property.

The potential is there however to grow the business further, with another 14 bedrooms to make use of, or turn into alternate accommodation.

Running on a shared bathroom basis, there are six bathrooms (one operating as an ensuite), living areas, two kitchens and enough parking for four cars.

A large coin laundry services the guests, while a fantastic outdoor area has balconies with great north easterly views over the city, and is the ideal space for entertaining.

Just two blocks to the main street and a short stroll to the station, the building is a 10 minute walk to Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Hospital.

It is also only a five minute walk to Ballarat’s city centre, where you will find cafes, restaurants, theatres and retail shops.

This opportunity is certain to hold great appeal, contact the agent to arrange an inspection today.