November 19, 2019

Chance to be a part of history with former Kew Cottages

They are positioned within a luxury estate.
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48A, 48B, 48C Main Drive, Kew have hit the market.

The last historic buildings from the former Kew Cottages — once part of the decommissioned Kew Asylum facility — have been listed for sale.

Three buildings remain on the site, which was a special development school and residential service for the intellectually disabled that first opened in 1887.

All three buildings, now surrounded by luxury estate, have been listed for sale separately after the state government in 2014 determined the buildings were no longer required by residents at Kew Residential Services.

48C Main Drive, Kew was the dining hall.

48C Main Drive, Kew was the dining hall.

It has a lot of potential inside.

It has a lot of potential inside.

The buildings, at 48A, 48B, 48C Main Drive, have been restored in accordance with Heritage Victoria’s requirements for development as high-quality residential properties.

This includes new roofs, high ceilings, bluestone foundations and verandas.

Jellis Craig director Richard Earle said the buildings were a “fabulous opportunity” in the heart of Kew’s premier residential precinct.

“They provide a rare opportunity to renovate turn of the century buildings,” Mr Earle said.

“They are quite special, three buyers will have their own little enclave.”


The Cottage.

48A Main Drive, Kew was The Cottage.Source:Supplied

It needs a lot of work inside.

It needs a lot of work inside.Source:Supplied

The exteriors of the three buildings have been completely restored, but inside they are a blank canvas.

“Someone can come in and put their own stamp on it inside and design it how they would like,” Mr Earle said.

The buildings on offer include The Cottage and School House, built in 1887, and the Dining Room built in 1917.


School House and is on the biggest parcel of land.

48B Main Drive, Kew was the School House and is on the biggest parcel of land.Source:Supplied

Let your imagination run wild inside.

Let your imagination run wild inside.Source:Supplied

The School House (48B Main Drive) is on 674sq m of land and has the addition of a timber chapel annex. Price hopes are $1.2-$1.25 million.

The Cottage (48A Main Drive) is on 564sq m of land and captures ample natural light. Price hopes are $1-$1.1 million.

The Dining Room (48C Main Drive) is red brick Edwardian style and was the former children’s dining hall on a 611sq m block. Price hopes are $1.45-$1.5 million.

They are positioned within a luxury estate.

They are positioned within a luxury estate.Source:Supplied

Civil and infrastructure works are in place including a main driveway and services. All that is needed is the imagination to create something special.

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