Caversham, Camberwell Vic

Caversham, a 1902 Federation house in Victorian style

35 Broadway, Camberwell Victoria

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Caversham, 35 Broadway, Camberwell, a 1902 Federation house, was auctioned by Jellis Craig agent Alastair Craig.

Caversham, a 1902 Federation house 35 Broadway, Camberwell Victoria

A much-anticipated auction, this one as the property was a rare offering – an original home with fantastic bones on excellent land size and prized north-facing rear,” Melbourne buyers’ agent Mal James says. “It was eventually bought by the original bidder at $3,425,000.”

“The formal living room for mine was a clear highlight – this is very special room.


  • Serenely situated and steeped in history, ‘Caversham’ c1902 is a magnificent family residence gracing a deep north-facing rear allotment in the prestigious Tara Estate.
  • This refined Federation home highlights splendid heritage character, impressive proportions, faithful previous renovation and rear access with double garage. Completely comfortable affording further scope amidst 1,248 sq. metre grounds (approx.);
  • ‘Caversham’ comprises 4 Bedrooms (main with ensuite), Study,
    Grand Sittingroom, Dining room,
    versatile Games/Rumpus, Familyroom,
    updated Kitchen, bathroom and exquisite ceilings.
    Near private schools, Burke Rd, transport and Read Gardens.
  • Land: 20.12m x 62.79m approx.

35 Broadway is a unique offering and it is sure to attract good interest. The original home has been well kept, and features a plethora of original fine period details; Rear extension looks to be about 30 years old and has been faithfully executed – while roofline is maintained ceiling heights seem to be lowered – an obvious improvement here would be to raise these and of course the rear open plan living area is due for upgrade work. ”


Fundamentals of blocks size, rear orientation, backyard privacy and overall position are excellent and a real key to the success .


“Obvious weakness (given the overall offering and the price-point ) is car access – while the garage is a good size at the rear (and it incorporates a cosy workshop, powder-room and store), access to it via a cobbled laneway off Loch Street is somewhat narrow and using this on a regular basis could prove a nuisance.”




Justine Costigan explores the best streets in Camberwell.

1 Victoria Road

Victoria Road is one of several streets in Camberwell that form part of the former Tara Estate. Once the landholdings of Irish-born John O’Shanassy, Premier of Victoria in 1857 and then again in 1858-1859, O’Shanassy built his home on 16 acres, at a time when the area was slowly becoming a location of choice for professionals commuting from the city.

The rural aspect to the suburb is long gone but the CBD commute clearly remains an attraction. The land surrounding Tara was eventually sold and divided into smaller plots and the mansion itself is now Broughton Hall nursing home.
In Victoria Road, O’Shanassy’s estate is now home to one heritage home after another throughout the tree-lined street.

Edwardian houses dominate but almost all have generous front gardens and elaborate detail including bay windows and deep verandahs.
David Gillham, director of Noel Jones Camberwell, says Victoria Road is the street Camberwell buyers aspire to live in. Prices for premium homes reach well over $2 million and a four-bedroom renovated home sold for $2.35 million in September last year.

2 Kintore Street

Do the residents of Kintore Street and Victoria Road debate which street is better? If so, no one would ever win the argument. How could you possibly choose? Bordered by Canterbury Road, Burke Road and Broadway, the streets in the Tara Estate are pure real estate gold.

Parallel to Victoria Road, Kintore Street has the quiet leafiness, gracious architecture and privacy of its neighbour and, while these streets may trade on their quiet and peaceful atmosphere, their appeal is also their location — a short walk to the heart of Camberwell’s shopping strip, restaurants, cinema and train station. Not to mention the proximity to private schools in every neighbouring suburb.
There’s a rarefied atmosphere in Kintore Street, not just because of the new and expensive cars lining the street, but because this combination of living heritage, beauty and peace is all too rare, even in the leafy eastern suburbs. That’s why prices here start at around $2 million but can easily reach $3 million, depending on the property.

Rob Fletcher, director of Fletchers Camberwell, says many buyers will happily spend a million more to perfect their home.

3 Rowell Avenue

It doesn’t have the heritage appeal of Victoria Road or Kintore Street but Rowell Avenue has something these two streets do not.
High on the Toorak Road hill, views at the southern end of the street extend to the city and the bayside suburbs. But that’s not all. A single-dwelling covenant means if you buy in this street, you’ll never be built out, so if you’re lucky enough to have a view, chances are you’ll keep it.

Land values here are so strong that David Gillham says many buyers will confidently buy a house only to knock it down to build the new home of their dreams — which explains why you might find in this street a mega mansion built next to a pre-war weatherboard.
The Riversdale Road end of Rowell Avenue is within easy walking distance of Camberwell Junction and at the Toorak Road end you’ll find the new Tooronga retail precinct and easy access to CityLink.

A newly built six-bedroom house in Rowell Avenue sold in March for $2.23 million, but smaller, older homes start from around $1-$1.5 million, depending on their condition.

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