Yarraville: House music DJ and producer John Course and wife Kelly on track to sell house at auction

DJ and producer John Course, pictured with daughter Bella, is selling his house at 19 Frederick St, Yarraville, along with wife Kelly. Inset picture: David Caird.

A Yarraville house where DJ and producer John Course has spun tracks in the living room is grooving onto the market.

Course is a co-founder of the Vicious record label which has songs from Avicii, Madison Avenue, Rogue Traders, Peking Duk and Dirty South among its catalogue.

A leading figure in Australia’s dance music scene, Course has played events including Stereosonic, Summerdayze and Ministry of Sound tours.

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He and wife Kelly are selling their two-bedroom home at 19 Frederick St in order to be closer to family.

The parents of two young children, they purchased the circa-1910 residence more than three years ago.

After previously living in an apartment they wanted to buy and renovate a Yarraville house with off-street carparking.

“We love Yarraville and Yarraville Village with the shops and Sun Theatre,” Course said.

The location close to Melbourne’s CBD also appealed.

“When I went to my first gig in the city, it took me 14 minutes to get home in an Uber and I thought, ‘How good is this?’” Course said.

The kitchen and dining area.

DJs John Course, Tess Homann and Andy Murphy before the 2022 New Year’s Eve party at The Prince Deck. Picture: Jason Edwards.

After purchasing, he and Kelly engaged tradespeople to replaster, restump and repaint the home, adding built-in wardrobes to the bedrooms.

Course said they retained the period facade and modernised the interior in keeping with the abode’s character.

“I just love the fact it’s got the old-school high ceilings, they don’t make houses with that kind of charm anymore,” he said.

Ornamental fireplaces, polished floorboards and ducted heating also feature in the home, which has an open-plan kitchen and dining area with a Miele dishwasher.

The main bedroom has leadlight windows, a split system and a ceiling fan while the rear courtyard includes an undercover area and external laundry.

Buxton Inner West director Matthew John said main interest in the property was coming from young professional couples and young families.

The undercover area in the back garden.

When the state’s Covid lockdowns came into force, Course began transmitting his popular Club Classics and Future Anthems webcast from one of the bedrooms which later become daughter Bella’s room.

“Before the nursery was a nursery, it was the DJ room and I did broadcasts from there sometimes,” he said.

His records and DJ console later moved into the living area where Bella loves to dance to house music.

Stained glass windows and a fireplace in one of the bedrooms.

The house is located an 8km drive to Melbourne’s CBD and a 7km bike ride to Williamstown beach.

Just before deciding to sell, Course and Kelly had plans drawn up for an extension that would have seen a refreshed living and dining area plus a new kitchen built.

Soil testing and engineering work have been completed and they are happy to pass the designs onto whoever buys the house.

Buxton Inner West director Matthew John described the dwelling as a “quintessential inner city single-fronted home”.

“The bonus with this home is the full driveway offering ample off-street parking for four vehicles, something rarely found in this proximity to the Yarraville train station,” Mr John added.

The house will be auctioned on February 3 with a $890,000-$960,000 asking range.

DJ John Course. Picture: David Caird

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