Brunswick: A rare opportunity to purchase an ‘iconic’ home built in 1854 with extensive gardens

Called part of the city of Daylesford, the iconic 168-year-old Brunswick iron cottage awaits its new owners to enjoy its extensive gardens, conservatory and original cast iron bathtub.

house of 189 Brunswick Road It was built in 1854 by architect James Blackburn Jr. using prefabricated iron plates imported from England.

Classified as significant by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), this four-bedroom home has only three owners, including Hoffman’s Brickworks pioneer John Grew.

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In 1863, the business became the largest brick factory in Brunswick and famous for producing the first white bricks in Melbourne.

The cottage’s current owner, Rosemary Lyall, and her late husband, Thomas, purchased the property in 1992 and restored it in consultation with Heritage Victoria.

They worked with renowned landscape architect John Patrick of ABC Gardening Australia to create an 1800s-style garden.

Now that Ryall has scaled back, the home is listed in the $2 million to $2.2 million price range.

Her son James and his two brothers lived in the cottage for about ten years.

“My mother in particular fell in love with the historical significance of this house and the house that was almost 150 years old when we purchased it,” Ryall said.

The house was well-maintained by its previous owners, but Ryall said the three adjacent iron cottages were “really worn out.”

“There was no back fence between the yard and the other property, and the owner had goats that roamed around to keep the grass level,” Ryall said.

“There are many stories of goats invading our gardens and eating them.”

The mischievous goat was a fan of pears in his parents’ garden, where apple, orange, lemon and kumquat trees grow.

“I have fond memories of sitting in the plum tree behind me.

“I was sitting there eating plums and brothers and throwing them at each other.”

Under Patrick’s guidance, the 799-square-meter block of cottages was planted with native Merri Creek greenery.

A shed with raised vegetable gardens, winding paths, red-brick-paved entertainment areas and off-street parking was also installed.

Ryall said one of his fondest memories was celebrating his family’s Christmas on the ivy-covered porch of the cottage.

“You can sit there and feel like you’re on Lygon Street 10 minutes walk from the front instead of being in the middle of the city,” he said.

A north-facing conservatory with wood paneling and French doors serves as the dining room, while the kitchen has repurposed wood cabinets and a traditional Falcon stove.

The bathroom features original wooden floors and a cast-iron bathtub with a tin shower screen.

Most of the cottage lighting is turned on by the old-fashioned drawstring method.

Belle Property Carlton and Melbourne agent Lisa Roberts said the chance to buy a cottage was “once in a lifetime.”

“This is simply one of Brunswick’s finest homes and one of its most iconic. It’s like being in Daylesford in the middle of the city,” said Roberts.

The house will be auctioned on October 1st.

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