For those with a good criminal taste
Classify it thinking outside the cell.
Wine lovers Paul Tardivel and Michael Woodworth came up with an ingenious idea to store precious drops of wine in a place that understands the importance of safety.
Last year the couple bought the D Division of heritage listed Pentridge Prison in Coburg, Victoria, which had a price tag of $ 4.5 million and the potential to be turned into a myriad of different developments. including restaurants, cafes and backpacker accommodation.
Tardivel and Woodworth have gone for something a little more in keeping with their tastes, however, and sell limited edition wine cabinets to like-minded wines, starting at $ 115,000.
Pentridge Cellars are former prison cells measuring 3m by 2m, fitted with shelving for up to 2,000 bottles, state-of-the-art air conditioning systems and ambient lighting.
Color specifications and some layout elements will be left to buyers, who will have individual swipe cards and 24/7 security monitoring to enjoy their “growing collection with confidence.”
“You couldn’t have built better to be wine cellars,” Mr. Tardivel said real estate.com.au
“The cellars are made of bluestone walls 500mm thick, which in itself keeps the wine at a cool and stable temperature.
Mr Woodworth expects Pentridge Cellars to attract “well-heeled wine lovers” who may not have enough storage in the homes and apartments of central Melbourne.
There are around 200 cells across three floors in Division D, but the wine partners only intend to sell 20 storage units.
Immobilier.com.au reports that buyers will pay an annual stratum fee of around $ 180, and that Tardivel and Woodworth plan to rent other cells as “pop-up bars.”
When Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison was originally built, it housed hundreds of junkies in an unwanted part of the city. But that all changed, and Coburg – with its downtown location 5 miles from Melbourne’s CBD – has been gentrified from desperate to hip.
HM Prison Pentridge was notorious; operated as one of Australia’s most infamous prisons between 1850 and 1997, it housed Mark ‘Chopper’ Read and even Ned Kelly.