By Carole Levy
Back about 1895, Michael Hannan owned 100-acre Prospect Farm and built this fine residence – on the street that came to bear his name and remains one of Williamstown’s most coveted.
These days, the land has whittled down to 780 square metres, still sizeable for these parts, and is in a top locale: just down the road from Willy’s sandy beach, a 10-minute saunter from the botanic gardens and train station, and just two by foot from Williamstown High School.
Greg Hocking Elly Partners: 8387 0000
Price: $2.55 million – $2.75 million
Auction: March 28 at 12.30pm
Mr Hannan wouldn’t recognise his Victorian dame today, at least on the inside. Sure, the ornate cornices on high ceilings and a fireplace remain, but everything else sizzles with contemporary pizzazz.
The entry hall is flanked by four stylish bedrooms, three fitted and one with shelves each side of a fireplace. The two bathrooms, mirror images of each other, are also along the hall and as chic as the rest of this place. Another charming, light-filled loft room serves as fifth bedroom or adult escape hatch.
French doors at hall’s end usher in the step-down living domain, where a wall of full-height glass draws the eye to pristine gardens, behind which is a gleaming lap pool with safety fence.
The large, bold and beautiful living space is anchored by concrete flooring with a lovely rustic profile, while the smart kitchen (neighbouring the laundry) is tucked to the side. A walk-in pantry, stone benches, stainless-steel splashbacks, mid-grey cabinetry and all the mod-cons provide a great fitout for the family cooks.
A rare 25-metre street frontage, and a carport accessed from the rear are other winning elements at this highly engaging property destined to have many admirers.