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Yarraville: The suburb where the sun rises in the west

The Sun Theatre in Yarraville.The Sun Theatre in Yarraville. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

In Yarraville, the sun rises in the west.

We’re talking about the Sun Theatre of course, the art deco landmark that is emblematic of the suburb’s modern resurgence.

Opened in 1938, the single-screen 1050-seat cinema came complete with the very modern convenience of a pram room, where babies were given a number and left in their prams (if one woke up and cried the number flashed on the screen). The Sun thrived until the 1960s when television usurped its audiences.

Attractive streetscapes lined with Victorian and Edwardian cottages help make Yarraville a sought after area.Attractive streetscapes lined with Victorian and Edwardian cottages help make Yarraville a sought after area. Photo: Michael Rayner

It was resurrected by new owners in 1995 and these days the Sun Theatre – now boasting eight screens and a wine cellar – is the heart of Yarraville’s village, and its iconic neon sign of the rising sun the de facto emblem of postcode 3013.

It was only a matter of time before Melbourne’s gentrifying forces discovered the inner-western suburb only six kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. Yes it has proximity, and schools, and great transport links, but the charm of Yarraville Village, a quaint thoroughfare busy with cafes, restaurants and shops and boasting its own annual street festival (now up to its 37th year), has also helped make it one of the most sought-after areas in the west.

Attractive streetscapes lined with Victorian and Edwardian cottages and larger houses are another calling card.

Once the natural home of the renovators’ delight, it’s rare these days to find an unrenovated family home in the area. But the new layer of gloss hasn’t been at the expense of the area’s authentic character.  

1 Berry Street

1 Berry Street, Yarraville
Photo: Jas Stephens Real Estate

$1.6 million-$1.7 million
4 bedrooms, 2  bathrooms, 2 car spaces

A striking modern design by Russell & George architects brings something new to the Yarraville mix. Ten minutes’ walk to the Village, the family-sized home has four bedrooms, a lap pool and separate retreat with rooftop deck.

Auction: 2pm, October 14
Agent: Jas Stephens, Andy Simpson 0425 732 264

37 Ballarat Street

37 Ballarat St, Yarraville
Photo: Andrew Themistokleous

$1,495,000
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car spaces

In the heart of the village, this grand reproduction Victorian by Harkaway Homes could be used for residential or commercial purposes. Rich with period detail it also has modern touches such as a butler’s pantry.

Private sale
Agent: Sweeney, Darren Dean 0438 550 055