The western suburbs have long been Melbourne’s industrial heart and Yarraville’s history is typical of other suburbs within the City of Maribyrnong.
From the time of European settlement, in the mid-1800s, until the 1970s, the river was the area’s greatest asset. These days, however, the neighbourhood’s proximity to Melbourne is of far greater interest to home buyers eager for competitively priced housing with easy access to the city.
No. 14 in Somerville Road is within walking distance of Hanmer Reserve and Yarraville Village, yet the CBD’s silhouette looms in the distance.
The refurbished Victorian stretches out on a very long, north-facing, 350-square-metre block. A typical single-fronted layout means the front door opens to a hall with rooms leading off to the right – first the two double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and period fireplaces, then a cosy lounge.
At the end of the hall, the owners have created a modern kitchen and meals area with stainless steel appliances, timber bench tops and polished wood floors. A laundry-cum-bathroom has solved the problem of pokey period rooms the washing machine is tucked under a bench to one side, so the larger space can make way for a free-standing tub.