Julia Gillard's Altona open for inspection with modern fruit bowl not included in $600,000+ pricing

Julia Gillard's longtime Altona home had its first packed open for inspection this weekend.

With queues to the pavement at 9 Medford Street Altona, it was almost like The Block renovation television series hoopla but for politico fanatics.

If they'd come to see that fruit bowl which appeared in the much-interpreted Ken Irwin Fairfax Media 2005 photo, they were left bemused as the marketing shots of the kitchen interior shows two - one empty, the other with apples - but neither the original fruit bowl.

The former prime minister's south-west Melbourne brick home on its 603 square metre block got a 2008 makeover to make it more modern than modest.

And moving forwards the stylists have recently been through the property as earlier this month she and parter, Tim Mathieson both moved out, along with their furniture, in preparation for the home going on the market.

Ending 15 years in the electorate, Julia Gillard has scheduled her auction for December 14 auction as she pursues her post-political life in her hometown, Adelaide.

(Huge interest (below) in Julia Gillard's Altona home captured from the tweeted Channel 7 cameraman coverage)

Jas Stephens agent Anna Grech expects the three-bedroom 1960s Medford Street home to fetch $600,000 plus.


Since its public listing the home has been featured across the world, from the International Business Times to the Malaysia Chronicle

More than 5800 website views have been recorded since it was listed for sale, some eight times higher than the normal number for Altona property marketing campaigns, according to realestate.com.au.

Her Altona house cost $140,000 in 1998 - which was slightly less than Altona's then $155,000 median price.

RP Data currently puts Altona's median at $545,000, thereby suggesting, on current pricing estimates, that there have been quite substantial improvements. Or she bought very well or has ambitious expectations.

It was renovated in 2008, with new kitchen, plus adding an extra room, ensuite in the main bedroom, and a deck out the back.

"I bought my home in Altona because I loved the seaside village feel of Pier Street and the Esplanade," Ms Gillard told the local paper, The Wyndham Weekly.

"The house itself has been lovingly cared for by the first owner. Like Altona itself, our home has been renewed and modernised over the last 15 years. Nine Medford Street has been a happy place for Tim and I, full of light and often full of laughter," Ms Gillard said.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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