Buyers have the chance to takeaway a Belgrave pad that’s been souped up to resemble a 1950s diner.
Leann Ceravolo injected rockin’ retro flair into the kitchen and dining room of her home of 22 years at 54 Best St.
The walls are covered in records and old-school advertising boards Ms Ceravolo ordered from the US via eBay or found in op-shops.
The rooms are also furnished with classic chairs and tables adorned with menus, table numbers, serviette holders, and bottles of sauce and mustard — just like you’d find in a classic American diner.
Ms Ceravolo said jukeboxes and other ‘50s memorabilia had previously added to the nostalgic look. But she’d pared back her decorations after she and husband Vincent had decided to sell the four-bedroom house where they’d raised three sons, with a $695,000-$764,500 price guide.
Ms Ceravolo said she just dug the era’s style, and even occasionally dressed in ‘50s threads.
Her trip back in time started about four years ago, after she bought a table from the decade at now-closed retro furniture store Bob’s Shed in Yarragon.
“I just loved it, so I bought it for the kitchen. But the kitchen had a farm-y, country style,” she said.
“So then I painted the cupboards pink, put in chequered floors and stainless steel benchtops.
“Then the whole family room was set up as a diner.”
Ms Ceravolo planned to replicate the retro look in her next home.
She and Vincent had also updated the property during their time there, installing an ensuite for the main bedroom, polishing the floorboards and landscaping the 1193sq m block.
Ranges First National selling agent Jim Conder said its drawcards included the large leafy block and position near the historically significant Lovers Walk, the Belgrave train station and town, and a host of sporting facilities.
It also had quirk factor — important in the Yarra Ranges, where buyers were too hip to be square.
“Buyers don’t come here for a run-of-the-mill home,” Mr Conder said.
“Every single home in a street is different.”