Bendigo: Peculiar old school home conversion comes with its own backyard cricket pitch

The old Newbridge School, which now forms part of a home, is for sale.

An old school converted into part of a home near Bendigo is for sale with its own cricket pitch.

The former Newbridge School, built circa 1866, is on the market for the first time in about 15 years and is the “perfect blend of old meets new,” according to its listing.

The red-brick heritage-listed property once hosted children from across the region, which at the time was prospering as a result of the gold rush.

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The old school has been used as a living space.

There’s also one bedroom in the old building.

Plenty of space to hit a six.

But the newer extension is completely modern.

And while the school stopped operating in about 1993 due to declining enrolments, records from the Victorian government show, it remains standing today.

The 30 Raglan St residence has now been listed with a $930,000-$1.02m asking price.

Barry Plant Bendigo agent Bevan Tresize said the vendors had added a modern extension to the side of the original structure to make it into their home.

“They added on two new bedrooms, a kitchen, open-plan living and just a little area where you can sit and sunbake,” Mr Tresize said.

“You still have the old hallway from the school that leads into the new part …

“And there’s one bedroom and some open space in the original school.”

There’s two modern bedrooms in the new part of the home.

And one bathroom.

A two-car carport is also included.

He said the cricket pitch hadn’t been used in recent years, but was still functional.

The agent said there was potential for someone to come in and “renovate the whole house,” including the school, to make a one-of-a-kind home for themselves.

“I think it would be a great purchase because it’s just so unique, you can’t find anything like it on the outskirts of Bendigo,” Mr Tresize said.

Other features of the home include an outdoor kitchen, two carports, five water tanks and underground water storage.

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