The former police station in Brighton, complete with its original holding cell doors, is searching for a new owner. Built in 1878 in the Italianate style, the property at 77 Carpenter St showcases its striking architectural features, both on the exterior and inside, including the soaring 3.95m high ceilings and ornamental elements. Despite its history of housing drunks and delinquents, the property is in remarkably good condition.
Architect Sarah Crowley from Crowley Projects collaborated with the current owner to restore and renovate the property, unlocking its full potential as a unique heritage home. The renovation efforts were so outstanding that the former cop shop received a Heritage Renovation and Restoration award from Bayside Council in 2017.
One of the most interesting transformations was turning three holding cells into functional spaces. One cell now serves as a bedroom, another as a laundry, and amusingly, the third has become a wine cellar. These cells also boast Melbourne’s most unique feature walls, with layers of old paint scraped away to reveal the scrawled graffiti of former residents who were locked up after a few too many drinks at the famous Khyats Hotel that used to be located next door.
The property also features a beautiful kitchen with Miele and Bertazzoni appliances, stone benchtops, and an adjoining main living area. Sliding doors and extensive glazing along the rear of the space create an indoor-outdoor entertaining space, perfect for hosting friends and family.
The current owners have added several garden spaces around the building, providing residents with peaceful courtyard areas. Additionally, two old weatherboard outbuildings at the back have been repurposed. One now serves as an entertainment space, while the other is a toy room for the owners’ grandchild.
Nick Johnstone Real Estate is currently listing the property for $8m-$8.8m. Potential buyers, particularly those seeking a home with history and character, are being encouraged to consider this unique heritage property with its fascinating past. The renovation has completely transformed the 1047sq m property, except for the original cell doors, which have been preserved.
Q: What style was the former police station built in?
A: The property was built in the Italianate style in 1878.
Q: What is one of the most notable transformations in the renovation?
A: Three holding cells have been cleverly converted into a bedroom, a laundry, and a wine cellar.
Q: Are there any unique feature walls in the property?
A: Yes, the holding cells feature old graffiti left by former residents.
Q: What is the current asking price for the property?
A: The property is listed for $8m-$8.8m.
Q: What is the size of the property?
A: The property covers 1047sq m.
Source: Herald Sun Weekly