Moving on up: Damian Callinan shares his property journey about a series of disastrous share houses

Damian Callinan. Picture supplied for Mercury / Pulse

Damian Callinan is a comedian, actor and author known for 2018 funny flick The Merger, Comedy Festival performances and his ongoing Mayor For a Day show touring Victoria.

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I lived in the same home for 21 years in Watsonia, which was my family home. When I became a teacher I was living in Darwin, boarding with a family while I found my feet and then I went through a series of disastrous share house experiences.

At first I found myself on the same street that Lindy Chamberlain went to after being released from prison, and then there was a whole bunch of teachers in another share house where I ended up living in a caravan in the garage.

But I had one too many visitors and was asked to leave. Then I wound up living in a place we called the “bat cave”, which had no light and it smelt dank like bats lived in it. It was a classic 21-year-old experience.


1/18 Gilbert Rd, Preston - for herald sun real estate

Callinan’s current home in Preston.

I’m currently selling the home I have lived in since 2014, at 1/18 Gilbert Rd, Preston.

It’s a ground-level, two-bedroom unit right in the heart of Preston and Thornbury.

The tram is literally at our front door and there’s five cafes and a bar, plus the supermarket right there too.

1/18 Gilbert Rd, Preston - for herald sun real estate

THe Preston home’s bedroom.

It’s the best of both worlds, where in spring and summer, with the doors open, you can hear the tram coming and live music across the road at the bar. But as soon as you shut the doors you don’t hear a thing; it’s all double glazed.


open house

Dorney House in Hobart might be Callinan’s dream home. Picture: supplied

I’d kind of like to live in the hills around Hobart. There’s a place called Dorney House, which was created by Esmond Dorney an architect who came back after becoming a prisoner of war in Singapore during World War II.

He basically started the Art Deco style of apartments around Elwood, and he also created a lot of modernist builds, one of which is Dorney House.

Dorney House Fort Nelson. Picture credit: Jacinda Dales.

Comedian and architect buff Tim Ross has spent some time there, and shown it off, and I love that sort of open-plan ’50s and ’60s modernist places and that’s got a view down over the estuary.

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