The Carlton North home of late Victorian minister and long-serving MP Jane Garrett has been put on the market following her tragic death in July aged 49.
Ms Garrett and her husband James Higgins, founding partner of Gordon Legal, bought the four-bedroom house, which they shared with their three children, Sasha, Max and Molly, in 2009.
CoreLogic records show the couple paid $2.42 million for the home at the address 714 Drummond stwhich is now listed at $3.8-$4.1 million.
Nelson Alexander Carlton North agent Nicholas West declined to comment on the home’s sellers, but spoke about its architectural significance in the area.
“It’s rare that you have a two-story Italianate house with off-street parking,” Mr. West said.
“The first floor catches all the light and it’s a very good use of space … there’s often no connection with older houses and they don’t use hallways.
“But this house overcomes that very deftly, so people are inspired and intrigued by it.”
Mrs Garrett and Mr Higgins completed a number of upgrades to the Victorian property in 2018, including the installation of a swimming pool, room upgrades and an extension to the rear of the house.
It was first built in 1880 and still retains period features including decorative fireplaces and ornate arches.
Mr West said the property had “generated a lot of interest” from local buyers, particularly “empty nesters”, smaller residents and families.
“People have been impressed with the efficiency of the space and how well it captures light, which is often lacking in many of these (period) homes,” he said.
It came as Ms Garrett was honored at a state service at Braunschweig City Hall last Friday, where more than 500 people gathered to bid farewell to the former Labor Minister.
Ms Garrett first entered Parliament in 2010 as the Member of Parliament for Braunschweig before moving to the upper house and representing Eastern Victoria until her death after a long battle with breast cancer.
Once tipped as a future prime minister, she spent months in the public eye as emergency minister during the pay deal dispute between the fire services and the Andrews government.
Ms Garrett’s home will be auctioned on September 17.
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