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Five houses to renovate across Australia

The lure of buying a repairman is palpable for homebuyers for several reasons.

First, those in need of renovation are generally less expensive than modern or renovated homes that share the same zip code.

Therefore, a home that needs work could be that diamond in the rough that we have all dreamed of at one time or another.

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Second, buying something that is in desperate need of a renovation allows the new owner of a home to put their own spin on how it will look – repairers are a blank canvas full of the potential for creative freedom.

Because of these distinct positives, we thought we’d find five residences in need of a little renovation love.

10 Ames Avenue, Carnegie, Victoria – $1.55 million – $1.705 million

10 Ames Avenue, Carnegie, VIC. (Domain)

A stunning example of an Edwardian-era mansion, this clapboard home in the bustling suburb of Carnegie has potential to spare.

Built in 1910, there is a real old world charm to this residence that modern properties simply cannot recreate.

And, with the house sitting on a sizable and desirable 772 square meter block just minutes from Carnegie’s Main Street with its myriad culinary delights, this location has the right ingredients for the perfect family home.

245 Gore Street, Fitzroy, Victoria – $1.35 million – $1.45 million

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245 Gore St., Fitzroy, VIC. (Domain)

Experience pure bohemian rhapsody at this two-storey Victorian brick terrace in Melbourne’s fashionable Fitzroy neighborhood.

With three bedrooms, one bathroom, and off-street parking for one car (a rarity in this part of the world), this tired home could be turned into a posh pad with a little cash and vision.

And with a myriad of bars, restaurants, cafes, retail destinations and just about everything else on its doorstep, this home can offer a lifestyle that few others can.

453 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW – $1.7m – $1.8m

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453 Crown Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales. (Domain)

This all-brick terraced house in the affluent town of Surry Hills in northern Sydney has a lot to offer.

Offered for sale for the first time in 40 years, the two-storey unit has three bedrooms, one bathroom and potential rear parking, subject to council approval.

5 Noble Street, Mosman, NSW – $2.5m – $3m

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5 Noble Street, Mosman, New South Wales. (Domain)

A classic example of a Federation semi-detached house in the ever-popular suburb of Mosman, this three-bedroom stunner requires some special attention.

However, considering both the size of the structure itself and the block, there’s plenty of room here to turn faded glory into a fantastical gem.

57 Victoria Street, Hobart, TAS – $1.075 million

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57 Victoria Street, Hobart, TAS. (Domain)

Right in the heart of Tasmania’s cosmopolitan and thriving capital, this Victorian-era cottage offers untapped potential.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a secure one-person garage, there’s plenty of space, and with solid brick construction, the home offers great bones and vintage charm.