Melbourne’s market has been graced by some truly weird and wonderful homes this year.
Check out some of the quirky property listings the Herald Sun has featured in 2018.
THE FANTASY HOUSE: 27 BELL AVE, ALTONA
A fantasy world awaits behind this Altona home’s unassuming facade.
The pad features an Alice in Wonderland kitchen, a castle-like living and dining area, an enchanted forest bedroom, a space shuttle-themed study and games room, a Moroccan main bedroom and bathroom, an outdoor tiki bar and spa, and even a Harry Potter toilet.
Owners and self-professed “nerds” Luke and Annabel spent a year creating a house that reflected their passions, naming it the Temple of Mood.
Luke was responsible for the sci-fi and fantasy influences, while Annabel showcased her love of Disney and Harry Potter.
The pad remains for sale via Barlow McEwan Tribe’s Theo Panay with a $950,000-$1.04 million price guide.
THE FLUORO HOUSE: 17 SEVENTH AVE, ROSEBUD
Marjie Whitham admits she has “absolutely no idea why” she decked out her home of almost 25 years in a flamboyant fluoro fit-out.
As a result, the century-old Rosebud house wouldn’t look out of place in the Dr Seuss universe. And it always delights visitors.
Ms Whitham handmade most of the decorations — which are particularly striking against the house’s black walls — and picked up others from op-shops.
The property also features a pool and offers a well-positioned 471sq m block near the beach, bay trail, Rosebud’s shopping village and cinema.
It has a $620,000-$680,000 price guide, and YPA Mornington Peninsula’s Chris Fahl and Sam Di Gennaro have the listing.
THE CASTLE: 56 UPPER COONARA RD, KALLISTA
A buyer could truly live in a fairytale at this Yarra Ranges property.
Owner Tony Van den Berg — who’s lived in the remarkable Kallista residence for 60 years — spent many years rebuilding the house to create his own castle.
It’s perched on a hill surrounded by trees and features a Tudor facade, gabled ceilings, medieval-style chandeliers and doors, leadlight windows, timber wall panelling and even a turret.
Mr Van den Berg handmade most of the four-bedroom home’s fittings and furnishings, and said his travels across Australia, England and the US inspired the designs.
The 1.23ha property also features a man-made waterfall, barn, cellar, sheds, barbecue area named ‘Bedrock’ for its Flintstones-style furniture and a forest of trees growing nuts, figs, lemons and truffles.
It’s on the market with Bell Real Estate’s Corinne Sukroo and $1.64-$1.8 million price expectations.
THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE: 47 SHERWOOD COURT, LANCEFIELD
A karate dojo, guardian statues at the front gate and even a door from a 400-year-old Chinese monastery have ensured Lancefield’s Wu Lin Retreat has kicked up plenty of interest since hitting the market.
Goju Ryu karate expert James Sumarac — who has 49 years’ experience under his 8th dan black belt — and his Tai Chi and meditation teacher wife, Shou Mei, have run the home as a training centre and accommodation space for guests from around the world.
It was hand built and modelled on a Shaolin temple and a Taiwanese village.
TV travel shows Getaway and Coxy’s Big Break have visited the property, which Mr Sumarac said “shocked” most visitors.
“I don’t think there’s anything like this in Australia or New Zealand,” he said.
Kennedy and Hunt real estate director Jason Kennedy said the 8ha allotment and the unique home were too difficult to price. But they’re still seeking a buyer.
This article was originally published as Yarra Ranges Castle, Lancefield Shaolin Temple among quirkiest homes for sale in 2018 by www.realestate.com.au and is written by Samantha Landy.