With no front fence and no paved driveway, this corner-block property exudes a peaceful, heightened sense of rusticity.
The 682-square-metre allotment presents as a park-like estate, with towering trees and established gardens.
Fast facts: 24A Fuchsia Street, Blackburn, 3130
- Barry Plant: 9878 0222
- Price: $1.5 million +
- Auction: August 6 at noon
- Blackburn: 17 kilometres from the city
- Two-storey, brick veneer house on 682 square metres; tiled roof; carpet and timber floors
- Verandahs with ornate trim; ceiling roses; two open fireplaces; open-plan and enclosed living areas; study
- Four bedrooms on first floor; kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, Smeg hob and Bosch oven
- Ducted heating; ducted vacuum; zoned alarm; stand-alone garage
- Close to Laburnum and Blackburn train stations
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The elegant brick house stands serenely in its garden setting and is on the market for the first time in 33 years.
A well-trodden tanbark path leads from Laurel Grove to the front door, which faces Fuchsia Street. The double garage is accessed from Laurel Grove.
The house presents a stately image with cast-iron lacework-trimmed verandahs stretched across the two-storey frontage.
The upstairs balcony has cast-iron balustrade panels matching the lacework of the downstairs verandah. It’s a striking street presence punctuated by tall windows and doors. The front door opens to a carpeted foyer that accommodates the staircase.
To the right of the hallway are two rooms: one is a study fitted out with a workbench, bookshelves and cupboards, while the other is a formal dining room that has a window looking out to the side verandah.
To the left of the entry is a formal lounge. An open fireplace here has brick surrounds and a shelf mantel. The windows are dressed in heavy drapes on curtain rails.
Twin doors stand between the formal lounge and an open-plan family/meals area to the rear of the house. This zone also has an open fireplace.
The windows are dressed in Roman blinds displaying a floral pattern on a light background, effectively lifting the mood from formal to casual.
The family/meals area is the main link to the back garden, which is a beautifully private yet open space, with a paved area and a small patch of lawn edged by plantings. The wall of the garage and tall trees on the fenceline act to seclude this space.
The family/meals area is also in open plan with the provincial-style kitchen. White cabinetry, a tile splashback and Caesarstone benchtops combine to chic, country-style effect. It’s a kitchen with strong working credentials, too, in the form of a Smeg hob and Bosch oven.
All the bedrooms are on the first floor. The main bedroom comes with a retreat that has windows looking out to the expansive upstairs balcony.
The en suite to the main bedroom has been updated, as has the family bathroom, which serves the three other bedrooms on this floor. All the bedrooms branch off a hallway that opens to the upstairs balcony.
The house is within easy reach of two train stations – Laburnum and Blackburn – and the shops and cafes that comprise these suburbs. It is a short walk to Laburnum Primary School and a short drive to Box Hill High and Blackburn High schools.
“An exceptional family residence perfectly positioned within a short walk of trains, cafes, Laburnum primary school & South Parade shops.” John Stack – agent