Terrific transformation on huge 971sq m Geelong block

153 Bellerine St, Geelong was renovated and extended and is selling with a price guide of $1.999 million to $1.295 million.

SINGLE-level living has never looked so good.

The seamless transition from old to new at 153 Bellerine St is a feast for the eyes.

Not to mention the space — 971sq m (yep, in the big smoke) and location on offer, too.

We’ll let Whitford, Newtown agent Heidi Trempel, who has the listing with a price guide of $1.999 million to $2.195 million, set the scene.


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“This beautiful residence offers a city lifestyle but feels like you are residing in a rural setting,” Ms Trempel said.

Pretty as a picture at the front.

Space to laze and graze out the back.

“To find this size land in a central city location is so rare and combine that with a stunning home, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Enter the vendors, who in 2016 were living a few streets away hunting for a bigger block.

They jumped at the chance to take over the keys to the then-period cottage and quickly set to work.

“We loved the Victorian style older home and thought ‘there’s a good project for us’,” the vendor said.

“It was quite run down and needed a lot of work.

The bright and breezy hallway.

“There’s a lot of history in the house and people would always stop us at the front gate to chat, and there were lots of positive comments about renovating.”

Their creative vision — to craft a home with a simple, functional design while retaining as much of the block as possible for garden.

A magnificent magnolia tree in the backyard proved the centrepiece.

“We built everything around it,” the vendor said.

“I think it’s about 60 to 70 years old, we wanted to make sure we didn’t remove or damage it.”

The family started in the front section of the home where the bedrooms and main bathroom now reside.

Sweet dreams are made of this.

An elegant sitting room with a built-in study nook, original fireplace and plantation shutters (yet another treat) is here, too.

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Just add a book and coffee.

Builder David McGovan was engaged to morph the back section of the house into a sleek open-plan kitchen, dining and living zone with gorgeous garden views.

The stunning space has oak timber flooring, custom cabinetry and multiple floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that link to the paved sandstone entertainment area, lawn and pool.

“We didn’t want to go up as the block was so long we could achieve what we wanted,” the vendor said.

The natural and gentle home stays true to its original spirit.

Space, space and more space, plus the star attraction – the magnolia tree.

Privacy also important, so high ceiling windows that captured the northern sun were installed.

Other additions include hydronic heating, a double garage with internal access and workshop.

The vendors are now hunting around for their next project but will miss the location and the history.

“We walk everywhere, the car barely leaves the garage,” she said.

“It’s a great family home and offers an easy life, and it’s really peaceful – you have no idea you are in the city.

“It was really special to us to be able to preserve the history of the home.”

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