Collingwood: French Opera-style Foy and Gibson Warehouse conversion, with bathtub on balcony

A quirky conversion inside an iconic Collingwood warehouse has been designed to look like the French Opera House. It is now for sale, with a bathtub on the balcony.

An eccentric Collingwood warehouse conversion modeled after the Opera Garnier in France sings for a new owner.

Nestled inside the suburban Foy & Gibson Building, built in 1876, the site once served as a factory producing clothing, furniture, hardware and bedding for men and women.

It was refitted and sold in 1997 and then again in 2010 when it was converted into the three level house that exists today.

Now the 17/79 Oxford Street pad is on sale with an asking price of $2-2.2 million.

The characterful home now features cathedral ceilings decorated with theater stage lights; Century-old Baltic pine floors; a freestanding bathtub on the balcony overlooking the living room; and a rooftop terrace, among other features.

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Jellis Craig Fitzroy’s partner, Simon Shrimpton, said his sellers “dreamed pretty big” when they bought and redesigned the three-bedroom house twelve years ago.

“They took the space back into a bare shell and totally transformed it,” Mr. Shrimpton said.

“Every square inch has been taken into account and nothing has happened by chance or accident, there are intricate details everywhere.”

Carefully curated with the help of Melbourne architects Rexroth Mannasmann Collective, the property opens into a lobby with a luxury carpet roof and floor.

A bedroom, a bathroom, a laundry room and a cellar lead to the heart of the house: the living room and the dining room, which are framed by large windows and exposed brickwork.

On the second level, a master bedroom with en-suite mimics the grandeur of a theater cabin, opening onto a balcony with a freestanding bathtub overlooking the living space below.

Meanwhile, on the top floor, a third bedroom with a retreat and a private terrace can be enjoyed.

Mr Shrimpton said the apartment’s expansive walls were the perfect place to display artwork.

The house’s position between Smith and Wellington St, as well as its proximity to restaurants, cafes, bars and the CBD were also big pluses, he said.

“It’s an intimate and unique space,” Mr. Shrimpton said.

The apartment will be auctioned at 1 p.m. on June 18.

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