Interior designer, singer, actor and voiceover artist Gemma-Ashley Kaplan and her family are selling their beloved Victorian terrace house in South Melbourne following a “passion project” renovation.
Ms Kaplan had a recurring role in Neighbours and appeared in several musicals on Broadway and in Australia, including Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens’ Moonshadow, before she and husband Ben had sons Darcy Grey and Emmet Snow.
Creativity runs in Ms Kaplan’s family with her sister Ariel appearing in Neighbours and The Saddle Club.
Other sister, Dena, is an actor, dancer and DJ who starred in Dance Academy.
Ms Kaplan began renovating homes almost a decade ago and now runs Gemma-Ashley Studios.
She worked on 256 Bank St with a team including Australia’s only master joiner Glenn Wylie and his wife Ceilidh across six months in 2017-18.
CoreLogic records show the solid brick house, originally built in the 1880s, last sold for $1.85m in 2017.
Ms Kaplan described the renovation as “a real labour of love” using period materials and colours with a modern twist.
Her more than 5700 Instagram followers @gemmaashleystudios keenly watched the four-bedroom home’s transformation including a custom made Murphy bed in one room.
Restoring the original staircase took three weeks.
“It’s very grand and beautiful and definitely worth the time,” Ms Kaplan said.
She sourced lighting and wallpaper from the United Kingdom and tapware from the United States.
“My actor friends were hauling tapware in their suitcases back for us after pilot season,” Ms Kaplan said.
Named “Clover House” after Ms Kaplan’s adored late family dog, the home’s cornices, cabinets and outdoor tiles feature clover patterns.
Nowadays, their three “white and fluffy” dogs Pollyanna, Paisley and Butterball live in the property.
Ms Kaplan said it would be hard to leave the house but she and Ben wanted to live closer to their son’s schools.
“We’ve got a four-year-old and a six-year-old and they have essentially grown up in the house and we have all of those beautiful memories,” she said.
Ms Kaplan said her family also loved living in South Melbourne where there was a real sense of community among neighbours, at cafes and the South Melbourne Market.
Clover House will be auctioned Saturday June 25 at 3pm with $2m-$2.2m price hopes.
Marshall White Port Phillip director Nicholas Hoo said buyers loved the house’s renovation and location about 200m from the South Melbourne Market.
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