Historic Stonington Estate Being Sold Down Again: Melbourne

PART of the Stoningon mansion estate in Malvern, which was once the Governor General’s residence and which many Melburnians believe should never have fallen into private hands, is being sold-down by its Chinese developer owners.

Two subdivided suburban sized blocks within the former estate, which the state government effectively gave to Deakin University in the 1990s, and the university sold five years ago, are expected to fetch a combined $4 million, according to sources.

Totaling 1344 square metres the blocks (a small part on the much larger marked out area, pictured) are for sale with permits for apartment complexes. But they are also being marketed to prestige buyers who might consider building just one home on the land.

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Skinny Skyscraper to Replace Historic La Trobe Street Building, Melbourne

IT’S not just developers pushing Melbourne’s planning limits.

Entrepreneurs who earn their living outside of real estate are also dreaming up the city’s next landmark towers – cashing in on Melbourne’s trifecta of a booming population, the need to create construction jobs and a so-called collapse in housing affordability.

This time, at 36 – 40 La Trobe Street, lawyer and migration agent Konfir Kabo is proposing to demolish the historic low-rise GMK House building and replace it with one of Melbourne’s skinniest residential skyscrapers.

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Plans Lodged to Subdivide Historic Phillip Island Homestead

ANOTHER establishment family is lobbying to slice and dice their substantial holiday home retreat.

This time, on Phillip Island, the Grollo family have submitted plans to subdivide the historic eight hectare estate, Woolamai House (pictured, right), which was built in 1876 for wealthy hotelier and horse trainer John Cleeland and is one of Victoria’s oldest coastal homesteads.

Woolamai House includes an Italianite Gothic mansion and gardens with heritage plantings abutting the Cape Woolamai foreshore, all of which are included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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Another Developer Demolishes Heritage Melbourne Home, Then Lists Block For Sale

THEY came, they saw, they conquered – and now they are selling up.

The list of developers putting vacant blocks on the market after demolishing the period homes that stood there has grown.

This time, in Canterbury’s “Golden Mile”, builder AXF Developments is selling a cleared 2330 square metre site at the corner of ritzy Mont Albert Road and Wentworth Avenue.

The site will be auctioned with a permit for a medium density apartment complex.

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Heritage Victoria authorises the dismantling of Melbourne’s oldest house, to make way for townhouses

HERITAGE Victoria has authorised the dismantling and removal of a ramshackle Williamstown home which was added to the Victorian register just two years ago for being Melbourne’s oldest house.

The Aitken Street site where the house has sat since it was built in about 1842, is expected to make way for a townhouse and apartment project.

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Panel to Discuss Demolishing Old Buildings For New, at State of Design Festival This Week

A panel discussion to debate the contentious issue of demolishing old buildings to make way for new ones, will be held as part of the State of Design festival, currently underway in Melbourne. Led by Heritage Council of Victoria chair Daryl Jackson AO, and other heritage consultants, Should the old make way for the new? The

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Heritage Williamstown house vandalised

VANDALS have damaged the already dilapidated Williamstown house at the centre of a conservation row (and residential development site) in Melbourne’s south-west.
After a complaint by the Hobsons Bay City Council, Heritage Victoria has ordered the property’s owner, Hoppers Crossing pensioner Gary Page erect a new fence around the crumbling home – which occupies a corner of an 839 square metre site his family has owned since 1964 and used as storage for a family business.
Mr Page listed the Aitken Street site for sale in April to help pay his living costs, after the global financial crisis saw his superannuation value plummet. 

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