A historic, four-bedroom cottage used as a writer’s retreat by music author and photographer Paul Miles has hit the market in Belgrave.
Het 30 Monbulk Rd home, dubbed Eloura Cottage, was largely the place where Mr Miles wrote his latest book, an autobiography on rock musician John Corabi of Mötley Crüe titled Horseshoes & Grenades, set to be released worldwide in June.
“Much of it was written in my creek-side hammock to the soothing sounds of babbling water,” Mr Miles said in reference to the idyllic creek that flows through the backyard all year round.
The author has written a number of novels over the years, mostly focused on the trials and tribulations of other notable rock musicians.
Zijn boek Sex Tips from Rock Stars involved intimate conversations with members of bands such as Kiss, The Dandy Warhols and Korn. Research for Before I Hit the Stage saw Mr Miles hanging backstage with the likes of Johnny Winter, Violent Femmes and members of Guns N Roses, Sex Pistols and New York Dolls.
Plus, after writing the liner notes inside Mötley Crüe’s first live album, Mr Miles was asked to contribute to the band’s autobiography Het vuil — which sold more than one million copies and was later turned into a smash-hit Netflix biopic.
Mr Miles, who also doubles as a music photographer, said the “Zen retreat aspect” of the 2210sq m Belgrave property worked in his favour as a writer.
“When I write I like to have a clear mind from other distractions, so having that peaceful location helped to de-stress from other things going on in my life and the world,” he said.
The home was built in 1919 and named Eloura, a female name of Aboriginal origin meaning ‘a pleasant place’, according to Mr Miles.
CoreLogic records show he purchased the pad in 2015 for $596,000 and now has $890,000-$979,000 hopes for its sale.
Mr Miles added that prior to its build, the land was part of the Glen Harrow Estate in the 1870s, where two pioneering brothers used the estate as an experimental station for imported species of plants and trees.
To this day, a number of plantings more than 100 years old can be seen in the garden, such as Japanese camellias, rhododendrons and Chinese holly grapes, in addition to a range of indigenous species that Mr Miles has planted.
The mountainside “weekender” was fully renovated prior to the author’s purchase, but still has historic remnants throughout including remains of the original fireplace found in the kitchen.
Mr Miles said his motto for the home was “decorate not renovate” and would love to see it sell to someone who appreciates its value and “keeps it as is.”
Bell Real Estate Olinda agents Corinne Sukroo and Jo Hirst have the listing.
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