The days of being able to get your hands on an urban warehouse and turn a rundown industrial building into your dream home are pretty much numbered. The opportunities are few and far between these days, such has been the demand for these potential-packed properties.

With this rarity in mind, we’re delighted to have recently listed three of the Inner West’s most awe-inspiring warehouse conversions in Rozelle, Balmain and Leichhardt. Each one underwent a painstaking architectural transformation, breathing new life into their historic frameworks while ensuring their rich heritage and original features were carefully preserved.

10 Hancock Street, Rozelle

Peter Gordon is marketing the historic 1907 Balmain Tramway Substation at 10 Hancock Street, Rozelle, the last remaining intact structure of its kind in NSW. Residentially zoned R1 with commercial usage, this industrial beauty is as unique as it is inspiring, with an undeniable wow factor. Behind its iconic façade lies 470sqm of internal space over three dramatic levels, with soaring ceilings, exposed beams, polished concrete floors and triple parking. Currently being used as office space, it has potential to be converted to a luxurious four-bedroom home (STCA). Peter comments, “It’s set in a pocket of Rozelle that I expect to see tremendous upside in coming years once the WestConnex project and Balmain Leagues Club development are complete. With fewer cars on Victoria Road, the Western side of Rozelle village will really come into its own.”

Coming to market soon is Matt Hayson’s listing at 106 Beattie Street, Balmain, originally the Softwood Milling site, now a boutique development known as The Mill. Designed by award-winning architects Carter Williamson, this remarkable reimagining offers industrial luxury on a dramatic scale. All possible original materials were re-used on site, including ironbark floors and exposed timber and steel beams. A showcase of exceptional craftsmanship, its three levels are connected by an internal lift. Capturing city views from its terrace, the four-bedroom residence features a bold black Miele kitchen, a private landscaped garden, heated polished concrete floors and double stacker parking. There’s also DA approval for a pool.

54-56 Carlisle Street, Leichhardt.

Also hitting the market next week is Ben Southwell’s listing at 54-56 Carlisle Street, Leichhardt. Having been acquired by the Salvation Army in 1903, the previous now-demolished building served as home to the Corp until 1916 when they built the final hall that still stands proudly to this day.

In 1997, 81 years later, the Salvation Army sold the property to the current owners who undertook extensive conservation works to the rundown property, including a modern rear extension and a beautiful north-east facing garden sanctuary. It’s a home of immense creativity and individuality, where every element has its own unique story and history.


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