The spotlight is on a West Melbourne home owned by a multi-award winning film and TV creator, complete with a futuristic ‘Tardis’ shower. Now it’s rolling out the red carpet for shoppers.
An original Altona home with a Tardis-like bathroom shower owned by award-winning screenwriter and director Wain Fimeri is in for a hot sale.
Mr. Fimeri’s numerous awards include an AFI, Canadian Rockies, New York Festival World Silver Medal, Henry Lawson Literary Award and a Yellow Einstein from Brazil.
The prolific film and television creator also worked on The Hunter with Willem Dafoe and on projects that took him everywhere from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to Fukushima.
Mr Fimeri said he moved into the 1950s shingle house in 139 North Railroad Street about 16 years ago with his family and extensively renovated the 12-room property.
“When I first saw it, it was a wreck with cracked linoleum and the smell of cat pee,” he said.
The house is well known locally for its roaming chickens and the flags that Mr Fimeri erects at different times of the year, such as the Australian flag for Anzac Day.
“I don’t want to look weird, but this is the house everyone wants to see,” he said.
“People stop me and argue with me when I’m in the garden.
“It’s a house that speaks to you and has a magic, you have to open up to it.”
Mr. Fimeri filled the house with antiques and wooden furniture that he made.
The “fairly eclectic” furniture is for sale with the house.
Among the other talking points in the house is one of two bathrooms which opens onto a private fern.
“There’s a weird and unusual shower stall I found somewhere and it looks like something Dr Who would shower in the TARDIS,” Mr Fimeri said.
The garden contains a wood-fired pizza oven set under fruit trees and vines.
“It’s not a schmick house, but it’s a great summer house,” Mr. Fimeri said.
“We’ve hosted parties with over 100 people under our vine and it’s like something out of Tuscany.”
Buxton Inner West manager Matthew John said the “pretty unique” property was set in 1067 square metres.
“The opportunity to secure a block of over 1,000m² in Altona, which is essentially a seaside town in Melbourne, is quite rare,” said Mr John.
The home will go up for auction on June 25 at 2 p.m. with price hopes of $1.6 million to $1.7 million.
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Originally published as Writer and Director Wain Fimeri Lists Well-Known Altona House With ‘Dr Who’ Shower