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The beloved milk bar and general store may have been slowly disappearing from our suburban streets over the past couple of decades, but many of them have been lovingly transformed into unique homes full of character and  style.

Right now, across Melbourne, there are several converted shop-front homes for sale. Here are some of our favourites for anyone who loves the idea of a home that mixes the old with the new.


A former grocery store-turned-dressmaker that has been transformed into a stunning three-bedroom family home has just been listed for sale in Seddon.

The home at 40 Pentland Parade, which last sold in 2010, has been listed with a price guide of $1.25 million to $1.35 million.

40 Pentland Parade, Seddon VIC 3011
40 Pentland Parade, Seddon VIC 3011

The character-filled conversion in the heart of Seddon features high ceilings, original brickwork and remnants of the original grocery store shelving, not to mention the shop-front window, which the current owners regularly decorate for the enjoyment of the local community.

Window displays over the years have included elaborate Christmas scenes, a celebration of the Western Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership win, shades of blue to mark the birth of their two sons and, more recently, a series of  COVID-19 iso installations, which the owners changed daily.

40 Pentland Parade, Seddon
A stunning shop-front conversion in Seddon is currently for sale.

The unique home is part of a row of shops built in the 1890s and converted by the previous owners. However, the current owners have added their own personal touches too, including Quentin Blake alphabet script monochrome wallpaper from the famous Cole & Son in London, and an updated bathroom featuring Italian powder-pink floor tiles juxtaposed with Spanish red-hued wall tiles.

The gorgeous residence with its striking red front door is scheduled to go to auction on Saturday, July 10.