‘Coolest home in Kingsville’ with dino decor, game show-funded bathroom reno sells at hot auction

The 1948 renovated house at 30 Albion St, Kingsville.

The owner of an abode dubbed the “coolest home” of its inner western Melbourne suburb burst into tears during a Friday auction.

Eliesha Coxall, her husband Joel Sexton have lived at 30 Albion St, Kingsville, for a decade, where their schnoodle Pepsi loves visiting nearby Cruickshank Park.

They spent five years renovating their 1948 house, including the installation of an illuminated neon blue sign reading “The Fernery” in the kitchen, as the property is named due to the couple’s many indoor plants.

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Ms Coxall said they loved the home, which is decorated with toy dinosaurs and colourful artwork, but put it on the market after deciding to upsize.

The decision paid off when The Fernery sold for $1.3m, $190,000 higher than their $1.11m reserve.

Compton Green Williamstown agent Gerard Hannan said four bidders competed for the two-bedroom house, starting with a $1.03m bid.

“It’s fair to say this will be the coolest home that sells in Kingsville this year,” Mr Hannan said.

The house has a neon blue sign installed in the kitchen reading “The Fernery”.

The floor to ceiling shelves which house the owners’ book and record collection.

Cool art and a dinosaur toy on the mantle.

Ms Coxall said she began crying when bidding reached $1.18m.

She said she loved house’s the floor-to-ceiling bookcases and bathrooms.

Years ago, a lifelong desire to appear on a television game show led to her winning $13,500 on The Chase by correctly answering a question about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“The winnings paid for our bathroom renovation and a trip to Tassie,” Ms Coxall said.

More dinosaurs (if you look closely!)

A sunroom provides a second living space opening to an alfresco deck and back garden.

One of the bathrooms has been tiled with “standing room only” on the floor after Ms Coxall’s mother visited and uttered the phrase in regards to the room’s size.

The kidswear designer said The Fernery had hosted several “unofficial” citizenship ceremonies where friends from other countries drank “goon”, ate a lamington and listened to Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man.

One last event will be held before they move out.

“Everyone will get presented with a ceremonial plastic dinosaur,” Ms Coxall said.

The 1920s house at 22 Latham St, Ivanhoe.

Polished floorboards lead to the open plan living and dining area with original fireplace.

The kitchen features a large walk-in pantry and a breakfast bar benchtop.

Earlier in the week, a 1920s bungalow in Melbourne’s northeast sold for $2.525m on Thursday.

The house at 22 Latham St, Ivanhoe sold for $200,000 above its $2.4m-$2.5m advertised range.

Nelson Alexander Ivanhoe partner James Labiris, who had the listing along with agency partner Liz Walker, said three bidders took part in the auction.

An opening offer of $2.4m saw bids rise in $25,000 increments before the abode was placed on the market at $2.5m.

“A couple who are looking at building a single-level home on the site purchased the home,” Mr Labiris said.

Nelson Alexander Ivanhoe partner James Labiris said although 2/121 Walpole St, Kew was built more than 20 years ago it still retained a contemporary feel.

The stylish townhouse has a west-facing courtyard.

The Bosch kitchen with a granite island and open-plan living/dining room, spilling out via bifolds to a sunny alfresco area.

About five kilometres away, a townhouse at 2/121 Walpole St, Kew, also went under the hammer on Thursday.

Anton Zhouk Boroondara director Anton Zhouk said the owner purchased the home brand-new about 20 years ago.

“We ended up having four bidders and a crowd of, I’d say, about 30 people which is quite good for a Thursday night in the cold,” Mr Zhouk said.

The home was passed in at $1.349m and sold for $1.36m after negotiations with the highest bidder.

According to CoreLogic, the property last sold in 2002 for $620,000.

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