HOUSE OF THE WEEK
Rarely does a property of this prominence, size and quality come to the market.
The main house is a Victorian design, with the large modern extension at the rear added approximately 20 years ago.
The original home was built in 1883 for Joseph Stout, a gold miner, company director and all-round prominent figure in Ballarat during the latter half of the 1800s.
According to family documents, Stout owned much of the land in the area, including the church on Burnbank Street. Back in the day, the property went all the way through to Lexton Street, with Stout purchasing those blocks for his and wife Mary's daughters.
The current homeowner also assumes 106 A, B and C Burnbank Street were all originally owned by him, noting that 108 was called North View Villa as it had a north view of Lake Wendouree at the time.
This solid red brick house was seen as a reflection of Stout's status, and the distinct metalwork around the verandah has historic significance and should not be altered.
The property has been carefully maintained and lovingly cared for throughout each century, and now features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two large studies, plus a formal lounge and dining room.
There is also a large meals and family room, and an extensive kitchen with a butler's pantry. This part of the home is bathed in sunlight, thanks to the myriad of windows within the space.
Other parts of the home are adorned with stunning bay windows, while the flooring is a blend of beautiful polished floorboards, ornate tiling in the bathrooms and carpet in some of the bedrooms.
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Marrying the charming period features with modern conveniences, the house has an extensive hydronic heating system, a number of air conditioning units, and a slow combustion wood heater that adds comfort and an air of romance while you look out onto the gardens.
And what a garden to behold. There are some spectacular tree specimens in this impressive space, with lush expanses of lawn, hundreds of tulips and bluebells, and plenty of places to potter or just relax. There is also a fabulous vegetable garden, chook sheds, a garage, workshop with toilet and an orchard.
The properties sit on almost two acres with the second property, 106C Burnbank Street, adjoining. They will be sold together (or 108 Burnbank Street only) by tender process, with documents available at Caine Property from today.
Close to Lake Wendouree, schools, hospitals, shops and cafes, the best way to take in this most magnificent property is to have your own private inspection. Don't delay, call the agency today to book an appointment.
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