A Collingwood warehouse conversion fitted out by star Melbourne footballer David Schwarz could set a new suburb benchmark.
After buying the warehouse shell at 14/79 Oxford St in 1998, the power forward known as The Ox for his imposing physique commissioned the striking conversion.
He sold the apartment in the 1900 Foy & Gibson warehouse for $725,000 in 2000, according to realestate.com.au data, shortly before his retirement from the game during the 2002 season.
Schwarz recently signed on to 3AW’s Saturday night football coverage with Mark Allen, after the popular pair found themselves without a job following the collapse of short-lived Macquarie Sports Radio.
The four-bedroom property with 8.5m-high ceilings lined with Oregon and Cedar beams is on the market for $2.7-$2.85 million.
Jellis Craig Inner North Group partner Simon Shrimpton said the property, which goes to auction on March 28, would set a record price for a warehouse conversion in the inner suburb.
That record was made with the sale of 10/115 Oxford St for $2.38 million in July 2018, he said.
The agency also sold an apartment at 18/79 Oxford St — in the same building as Schwarz’s old apartment — for $2.275 million under the hammer last week.
Mr Shrimpton said No. 14 was the biggest warehouse shell offered in the iconic precinct when Schwarz picked it up for $332,500 in 1998, before renovating it.
“And it was probably the most sophisticated fit-out of any of them at the time — I think he really did come up with a fantastic layout and configuration,” he said.
“Not only is it practical but it’s also got some wow factor.”
The key position player and his family sold the 2056sq m property for $3 million in October 2016, according to realestate.com.au.
An attached tennis court was subdivided by Schwarz and sold for $835,000 in early 2018.