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Jade Lazarevic

From ultra-modern to historic: two striking properties hit the market in Islington

This former workshop at 24 Anderton Street in Islington is on the market for the first time since undergoing an architecturally-designed renovation and extension. Picture supplied.

ONE is an ultra-modern workshop conversion.

The other is a freestanding terrace dating back to the early 1900s that has been meticulously renovated.

Fernhouse, at 23 Fern Street in Islington, is set to go to auction on December 2. Picture supplied

And while both are located in Islington, the properties show two very different sides of the fringe suburb.

Fernhouse, at 23 Fern Street, is a historic freestanding terrace set on a double block of 512 square metres.

The freestanding terrace combines modern updates with classic period features. Picture supplied

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is listed with Donna Spillane at Spillane Property and set to go to auction on December 2.

A price guide is available by request.

Period features include high ornate ceilings and original fireplaces. Picture supplied

The two-storey terrace is back on the market after selling in 2021 when it had undergone a major renovation that paired modern updates with classic period features such as high ornate ceilings, fireplaces and lacework verandahs.

The main house has four bedrooms, including a master suite with a walk-in robe and ensuite with a spa, as well as a study downstairs and an additional living room upstairs.

There are four bedrooms in the main house, including three on the upper level and one on the ground level. Picture supplied

One of the key rooms is the large kitchen and dining area which is fitted with a top-of-the-line Belling Richmond Deluxe stove, marble benches, a wood burning fireplace and joinery built from reclaimed timber.

The country-inspired kitchen is big enough for a 12-seat dining table and has French doors which lead out to a large backyard.

The kitchen has a top-of-the-line Belling Richmond Deluxe stove, marble benchtops and joinery built from reclaimed timber. Picture supplied

"We don't know too much about the previous owners but we know it's an early 1900s Victorian terrace," Spillane Property selling agent Patrick Skinner said.

"Whoever built this house was obviously someone of great stature back in the day.

French doors open out to the lacework verandah from the bedroom. Picture supplied

"This house and Fettercairn [historic home listed for sale in Hamilton this week] would have been built in a very similar era for the top dogs of the area."

In addition to the main house, the property has a two-bay garage with a self-contained one-bedroom unit with a kitchen and bathroom on the top level.

The backyard features an alfresco area covered in grapevines. Picture supplied

An alfresco area covered in grapevines is a striking element of the garden design.

"We have had really good interest on the property so far," he said.

The ensuite has twin sinks and a spa bath. Picture supplied

"To find a home of this size in that area is rare, but then to get a flat block of that size as well in Islington is very rare too.

"We have had enquiry from all around Australia."

According to CoreLogic, the home was last sold in 2021 for $1,716,067 and set a suburb record when it previously sold in 2014 for $912,500.

Inside the industrial-inspired home at 24 Anderton Street, Islington. Picture supplied

By contrast, the workshop conversion at 24 Anderton Street is the result of a design created by Newcastle architect Murray James which transformed it from an old mechanics garage and into a sleek industrial-inspired home.

The property is listed with James English and Nick Stewart from Wilton Lemke Stewart who are guiding $1.85 to $2 million for the sale.

A spiral staircase is a feature in the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Picrure supplied

The two-level property appears unassuming from the exterior but behind the cottage-style facade is an architecturally-designed four-bedroom home.

The lower level has an open-plan space that incorporates the sleek black kitchen with a walk-in pantry, dining and living area, with a spiral staircase as a feature that leads up to the top loft-style level.

The kitchen has an island bench, induction cooktop, integrated dishwasher and walk-in pantry. Picture supplied

Two oversized skylights on the high cathedral ceiling are retractable to allow natural light to flood into the space.

"They have kept those industrial vibes while still allowing a lot of natural light to come in," the agent said.

The retractable roof in the living area allows natural light to flow in to the space. Picture supplied

"They opened that space right up and put retractable skylights in, so you can open it up and while it has that dark industrial vibe, it is actually very light-filled."

The spiral staircase leads up to a parent's retreat, with the loft-style bedroom and an ensuite with underfloor heating.

The renovation included the addition of a top floor loft-style room. Picture supplied

The property includes a double carport and rear lane access, as well as solar panels and solar hot water.

There is separate entry into large private office or fourth bedroom.

The ensuite in the parents' retreat upstairs. Picture supplied

"The owners bought the property in 2018 and have slowly renovated it over time," the agent said.

"They extended upwards and added that beautiful spiral staircase and the bedroom upstairs which is like a New York loft style."

The parent's retreat includes a sitting area. Picture supplied

In recent years, Mr English said the sellers had operated the home as a popular short-term rental on Airbnb.

"We have had interest from investors and people looking to use it as the owners have which is to have that front room as an office or work from home space as well as a residential property," he said.

Natural light fills the home. Picture supplied

"We have also had interest from someone looking to Airbnb it as well."

The property is open for inspection on November 11 at 11.30am.

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