Comedian Nelly Thomas is selling her Brunswick apartment, where she’s hosted an A-list line-up of comics and writers.
Thomas and her artist partner Lachlan MacDowall have a $800,000-$850,000 price guide and April 4 auction date for their “shop-top” three-bedroom apartment above a hairdressing salon at 562A Sydney Rd.
They’ve enlisted two former comedians to handle the selling campaign: Jodie J Hill, now director of SheSELLS, and Fahey Younger, director of Younger Hill Property Advocates.
Thomas told the Herald Sun she and MacDowall lived at the apartment during their first four years of ownership, from 2007, having their first of two daughters there.
After they moved “further north into the ‘burbs”, the couple opened it up to their writer and comedian friends, who’d rent it from them or crash there during events like the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
“Clementine Ford lived there a few years ago, and Tom Ballard used to house sit for us,” Thomas recalled.
Ballard had to contend with her cats — Mr Pink, who was named after Steve Buscemi’s Reservoir Dogs character, and Furio, whose name came from The Sopranos — during his stints there.
“Furio hated Tom with such a passion,” she said.
“I’d get daily texts saying, ‘I don’t know how to get this animal to come near me’.”
Thomas said other visitors were US stand-up and actor Maria Bamford, writer and “Brunswick royalty” Catherine Deveny, and comedian-turned-lawyer Corinne Grant and comic Terri Psiakis who “threw my baby shower there”.
The Block 2019 contestants Deb and Andy Saunders also helped Thomas and her now 12-year-old daughter renovate and style the pad, for which they sourced items from Gumtree and op shops in an aim to avoid buying new things.
“Andy was a colleague of mine in comedy,” she said.
The stand-up comic turned author, keynote speaker, and ABC radio and TV presenter said she loved how “quiet” the apartment was, and its position on foodie haven Sydney Rd, naming Lebanese restaurant Tiba’s as a favourite.
Ms Hill expected the rare property to appeal to everyone from “stylish seniors who are downsizing, to first-home buyers who love a rooftop garden, to investors (for whom) it will lease out really well”.
A study nook, speedy NBN connection and dual entrances on Sydney Rd and Staley St also made it suitable for the work-from-home crowd.
“In an era of homogenised townhouses, you’ve got a large three-bedroom shop top that’s already renovated, secure and in a great part of Sydney Rd,” the agent said.