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Crowded House star’s old pad gets slick new look

An Elwood dream home previously owned by Crowded House drummer Paul Hester has hit the market with an impressive new look.

Vendors armed with plenty of renovation experience added an incredible extension to 20 Heaton Avenue, which is being sold privately with a $5-$5.5m price guide.

McGrath St Kilda agent Nicole Prime said the Crowded House and Split Enz musician lived at the California bungalow from 1997 until he died in 2005.

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The five-bedroom house has since been renovated to be “barely recognisable” from when Hester lived there.

Ms Prime said the property’s name, Kia Ora, reflected a special connection to New Zealand shared by Hester and the current owners, who were both originally from the country.

“This is the vendors’ third renovation and each time they take on a property, it gets better and better,” Ms Prime said.

“The detail they’ve gone into is so impressive, from an incredible butler’s pantry to a hidden wine cellar.”

Other features include a huge backyard with covered barbecue zone, a large pool, a sleek black marble kitchen, plus two bedrooms and a study upstairs.

The vendors restored the house’s traditional brick facade and retained interior character details, including open fireplaces and bay windows.

The property is a short stroll from the Paul Hester Walk along the Elwood Canal.

Hester was closely connected to the suburb and ran the Elwood Beach Cafe for several years after leaving Crowded House in 1994.

Former Port Phillip Council mayor Darren Ray has described Hester as being much loved in the community following the musician’s death after a battle with depression.

“There is no denying that many in Elwood loved Paul Hester, and that Paul Hester loved Elwood and especially the canal,” Mr Ray said at a council meeting in 2005.

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