21 Shields Street, Flemington
Queen of Hearts on Flemington Hill - 4 Living Spaces, 5 Bedrooms & Self Contained Apartment
A picture of elegance high on Flemington Hill, this landmark Queen Anne Federation effortlessly combines business and pleasure.
On an elevated corner allotment of 883 square metres capturing city skyline glimpses, the heritage-listed Rosemont (c1906) presents an array of options for buyers seeking a family home without peer.
The ultimate work-from-home solution for medical professionals, Rosemont’s myriad living zones will also attract multi-generational families seeking separate spaces on one level.
Meticulously restored inside and out, Rosemont is a much-admired property behind its picture-perfect gatehouse (Aiphone intercom security entry), manicured gardens and elaborate fretwork around the tessellated-tiled return verandah.
Extended in the 1980s and again in the 1990s, the tuckpointed red-brick beauty has changed little over the years, retaining its conical turret and the “sweetness and light” that embodied the celebrated architectural style.
The ornate leadlight entry welcomes visitors into the wide hall that featured intricate fretwork and cornicing among the 3.65-metre ceilings featured throughout the 36 squares of living space, with the main bedroom wing to the right and the formal rooms on the left.
The corner fireplace with mirrored timber overmantel is just one highlight of the front formal lounge, which is resplendent with leadlight windows, decorative ceilings and cornices, picture rails and chandelier.
Double doors open into the formal dining room, which takes pride of place as the most elaborate of the original rooms.
Accessing the return verandah through its side leadlight door, the dining room has an ornate mirrored timber overmantel as its centrepiece, resplendent with its spectacular ceilings and ornate cornices, and picture rails.
On the other side of the hall is the original main bedroom, which is enhanced by leadlight windows and feature fireplace with cast-iron insert and tiled surround.
Suitable as a study or main bedroom, it complements the two bedrooms added in the 1980s (previously used as offices) that have excellent scope to be converted into an walk-in robe and en suite, with plumbing already in place.
Further along the hall are another two bedrooms, complete with fireplaces and outlook to the courtyard and fountain view.
A door at the end of the hall accesses a rear bedroom, which was originally the office of the Flemington Racecourse caterer. Accessing a third courtyard, it has a cellar underneath that could be used as a study or dressing room/walk-in robe, or simply for storage with an 85-storage box capacity.
It is complemented by an adjoining sitting room, and separate room with granite-topped kitchenette and glass splashback. This zone could be opened up to create another informal living and kitchen domain for the 21st century and beyond.
Likewise, the male and female bathrooms could make way for a family bathroom.
The oversized (5.5 metres wide) double garage is accessed via Hill Street, with the side drive designed to accommodate large trucks.
Accessed directly from the garage and the central courtyard, the self-contained residence at the rear would suit professionals who work all hours or multi-generational families.
It contains a sleek kitchen with marble benchtops, Miele appliances (induction cooktop, underbench oven, pull-out rangehood and integrated dishwasher), integrated fridge and full-height cabinetry, central informal living zone with Daikin reverse-cycle air-conditioner, bedroom, and chic bathroom with shower, vanity and toilet.
Bevelled-edge Armadale glass doors, multi-zone gas heating and refrigerated air-conditioning, ceiling fans, cedar venetians, wool carpet, remote-controlled blockout blinds, quality drapes and a 24-hour monitored Chubb security system of 16 CCTV cameras.
The position will also have no shortage of admirers.
Close to Flemington Village shops and eateries, Racecourse Road trams, Newmarket station, Newmarket Plaza and Mount Alexander Road eateries, it also has schools (Debney Meadows Primary, Mount Alexander College), day care centres, Debney Park, Moonee Ponds Creek trails and CityLink close at hand.
Built in 1906 and owned by the Villani family famous for catering at Flemington racecourse, the tuckpointed red-brick residence was originally named Salerno.
It was renamed Rosemont when purchased in 1937 by the Findlay family, which operated horse lorries, and later trucks, on and off the shipping wharfs.
They retained the home until 1980, when it was sold to the neighbouring McInerney family. It was then used as the Flemington Community Health Centre from 1983 to 1994 (including an award-winning extension), before the Findlay family’s grandson made good on his vow to repurchase the property and respectfully restored and maintained Rosemont in line with its heritage. He also added the self-contained dwelling at the rear.
The versatile 36.5-square property has been used in recent years as professional suites, including as headquarters for Mr Findlay’s production company, which has made use of the side drive (accessed from Hill Street) to the oversized double garage.
But it has recently been returned to the grand family home it was always destined to be.
As a parting gesture that symbolises the vendor’s life-long labour of love, the spire on the conical turret has been lovingly recreated by an artisan using tools and equipment from the 1930s.
Scheduled open home by appointment only. Please contact the agent to register to attend open home.
Land size: 883 Square Metres approx.
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