A truly hidden treasure is ready to be rediscovered when it goes to auction in central Geelong this weekend.
Clydeville is a rare brick Federation era house that’s been listed for sale after decades at 12 Henry St, Geelong.
Ray White, Geelong agent Laurie McGovan said it’s a grand old home that needs a lot of work but the reward for work will be a special home.
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Potential buyers have clearly spotted the opportunity, given the short amount of time the property has been on the market.
“It’s been a very short campaign,” Mr McGovan said.
“We put it on as a private sale last week and we had enough interest that we converted it to an auction within a few days.”
Those people have no double spotted the character features offered on the 421sq m property overgrown with trees and shrubs.
High ceilings, brick internal walls, open fireplaces and leadlight windows are among the features in the red brick house, plus a staircase leading to a fully-lined attic room.
The telltale signs on the exterior include ornate timber fretwork on the veranda and front gable.
“(It’s got) great bones, a great looking house, a super location and a matter of getting in and doing something pretty glamorous in a blue ribbon spot,” he said describing the reaction of buyers so far.
It’s also a rare find as a brick character home.
“Especially that side of town, there is very few brick character homes on the eastern side of the city. There is a few but they are very few or far between. So it is unique.”
There is also rear-lane access to the property.
Price hopes are from $750,000 to $820,000, but renovated houses in the street have sold for about $1.2m in the past year.
Central Geelong’s median house price is $950,000, have risen 13 per cent in the previous 12 months, PropTrack data shows.