ONE of Geelong’s most spectacular historic homes is on the market for new tenants.
Ariston House, a circa 1891 Pakington St villa, had served as the city’s early childcare service, including a neighbouring childcare centre since the mid-1990s, but the building was no longer required as an administration base, leasing agent Tim Darcy said.
The City of Greater Geelong will remain the landlord for the building at 246 Pakington St and continues to operate the neighbouring Ariston Early Learning Centre next door.
Ariston is one of a number of landmark 19th century homes in the area, with builders transforming Armytage House for its new owners, while across Pakington St, the owners of Rannoch House have listed the 22-room mansion for sale with price hopes north of $11m.
A double-storey brick residence, Ariston House was built in 1891 for mining company entrepreneur and investor James Randell to an eclectic style design by Melbourne architect Phillip A. Kennedy.
An elaborate cast iron balcony, veranda and fence dominate the 10-room villa built in a style from the English Late Victorian Aesthetic movement.
Mr Darcy said the property was expected to fetch a lease of about $150,000 per year on an as-is basis.
“But that could vary depending on what additional works a tenant might want to suit their particular requirements,” he said.
A key component to the building is the attached car-park, which has off-street spaces for 21 cars.
There has already been keen interest in leasing the building, Mr Darcy said.
“It’s been utilised and occupied by the City of Greater Geelong for well over the past 20 years, in conjunction with the adjoining child-care centre that they operate,” he said.
“But they no longer have a requirement for the administration side within that building.”
Mr Darcy said it was perfectly suited for professional offices, consulting rooms and an educational facility.
“It’s obviously an older style building that’s got a lot of separate offices and suites and rooms within it and is supported with a significant carpark component,” he said.
“Finding carparking with any commercial requirement today is not easy to fulfil, but this one has got good parking.”
Mr Darcy said there had been a good initial response from some local professional parties.
“All are organisations that would have a requirement for a building as a whole,” he said.
“There is about 450sq m in gross floor area inside. By and large it’s going to suit a single tenant.”