A 19th century bucket factory converted into an inner city oasis is shaping up to be one of the best properties to come up for sale in Rozelle this year.
Built in the 1880s, 38 Foucart Street is regarded as a local landmark, and has also been used over the past 140 years as a former mission hall and a photography studio.
It fell into disrepair in the later part of the 20th century, before the current owners enlisted an architect to redesign the factory into a high-end residence after paying $950,000 in 2002.
The finished product has kept the brick facade intact, along with interior character finishes such as the exposed roof beams, high wooden ceilings and the restored front door. The rear meanwhile is brand new with lots of glass used.
McGrath Balmain’s Cindy Kennedy said the property is one of the most unique to come up for sale in Rozelle.
“The facade is simply divine and it really captures the interest of locals whenever they walk past it,” she said.
The property has been a smash hit with a number of buyers from across Sydney since it came up for sale last week, with some already eyeing the possibility of making an offer prior to the September 26 auction.
Listed with a $2.5m guide, the three-level residence has a high-end kitchen with an induction cooktop, contemporary cupboards, multiple living areas and off-street parking. It also has impressive skyline views of the city and Anzac Bridge.
Ms Kennedy said the floorplan is perfect for families, with the first floor dedicated to kids and guests, while the parents have their own level.
Other features include designer bathrooms, airconditioning, a landscaped terrace and a wine cellar.
Ms Kennedy said while the market is heading into the spring with lots of positive vibes, some buyers are becoming desperate.
“A lot of buyers are sick of missing out on homes repeatedly and are prepared to do whatever it takes to secure something,” she said.
The Rozelle suburb record is $5.7m and was set last year with the sale of a converted cottage at 6 Clare Street, according to CoreLogic.