Stylishly renovated Richmond pad has eerie basement cellar with working fireplace

While the 152-year-old Richmond home’s interior features a swish upgrade, its history lives on in the macabre basement cellar which has a working fireplace. Take a look inside.

A 152-year-old home has hit the market in Richmond following a glamorous renovation.

382 Church St was originally built in 1870 for a James Burnley, with historic remnants still evident throughout the home, particularly in the macabre basement cellar.

Vendor Muhammad Allouche said the four-bedroom pad was a “disaster” when he bought it in 2020 for $2.45m, according to CoreLogic.

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After undertaking a massive overhaul he has now listed the 511sq m property with a $2.9m-$3.1m price guide.

“It was really run down,” Mr Allouche said.

“I had to re-render and plaster most of the house… the ceilings were caving in the bedrooms and there were leaks in the roof and mold everywhere.”

The luxe digs now features stylish kitchen and bathroom updates, including the addition of granite marble-top benches and European appliances.

In the bathroom, a tub with spa jets, a built-in TV, rainfall showerhead, terrazzo tiling and dual-basin sink can be found, in addition to a separate guest powder room near the spacious, open-plan living and dining area.

Period detailing can be seen at the freshly painted facade and with the original fireplaces in the living space and bedrooms.

Another working fireplace is found in the eerie basement cellar which appears in its original condition.

Mr Allouche said the house had been with the previous owners for more than 50 years and there was only one owner prior to that.

“The grandma handed it down to the granddaughter and it was renovated about 30 years ago,” he said.

Mr Allouche added that although he had only used the cellar for storage, the previous owners had family members sleep in the basement when they came to stay.

Biggin & Scott Richmond director Andrew Crotty said the refurbished kitchen was a major drawcard for the home, as was the venetian plastering in the bathroom.

“It would suit a family looking to upsize from a smaller home in the area,” Mr Crotty said.

The chic above is being auctioned on June 11 at 11am.

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