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Looking for your next home in Victoria? Here’s fourteen of the best to choose from.
22 Laver Street, Kew
Not once but twice has this period residence in a Studley Park precinct bush setting inspired remarkable renovations — in 1985 by architect Nonda Katsalidis and more recently an extension, redesign and refit by its architect-vendor, from Neil Architecture.
“They put their own spin on it and brought in colour, keeping the stairwell as an ode to Katsalidis,” the agent says.
31 Nicholson Street, South Yarra
Exposed greige bricks feature inside and out at this striking 2015 town residence by leading designer Hecker Guthrie. “They give a sense of it being solid and well-built,” the agent says.
Its industrial character in brickwork, spartan joinery and steel-framed windows is softened by a curved central staircase, wooden floors and bedroom sheers. Step out to a patio and up to a raised pool.
52 Parkhill Road, Kew
The heritage beauty of this elevated Californian bungalow has come full circle after falling into disrepair.
The meticulous restoration and bold two-storey extension – old and new linked by a glazed breezeway – were designed by Three C Architects for the owner-builder and his family. Highlights include sculptural curves, dramatic kitchen marble, a suspended fireplace in the family room and dark-stained hardwood flooring.
6 Glan Avon, Hawthorn
Yarra frontage, as rare as roosters’ teeth in Hawthorn, gives special status to this luxe home tucked below the Wallen Road bridge. Its elevated deck and expansive casual living space form a dress circle for a north-west river vista.
One level comprises a marble kitchen, a study and three living rooms between the front deck and rear lap pool. Bedrooms are above; the garaging and forecourt below adjoin a riverbank pathway.
37 Hawksburn Road, South Yarra
Pretty patios bookend this single-fronted Victorian cottage. The lace-trimmed verandah out front is the spot for your morning cuppa, while the afternoon sun warms the crazy-paved courtyard accessed via French doors from the kitchen-meals area.
A little atrium adds natural light to the centre of the house. “It’s a charming single-fronted home, perfect entry level in a highly sought-after area,” agent Zoe Pike of Jellis Craig says.
61 Victoria Road, Northcote
“This is the type of family home where everyone comes to your place,” says Nelson Alexander agent Tom Alexiadis of this Californian bungalow-with-the-lot in the favoured Westgarth precinct.
The large block includes a pool, entertainment area, lawn, rear-access double garage and workshop with studio-retreat above. Its owners of 24 years added a silver top, ash-clad extension comprising a living area and a huge upper-floor parents’ retreat.
104a Wheatley Road, McKinnon
This parkside property is cleverly landscaped for privacy while borrowing the space and greenery of neighbouring Wattle Grove Reserve. The townhouse, one of a pair near McKinnon village and station, was built in 2010.
It features low-E glazing, Miele appliances and hydronic slab heating under polished concrete floors. “Its style, quality and finishes stood out at the time,” agent Mark Staples of Jellis Craig says.
69 Beaumaris Parade, Highett
You can smell both sea air and exciting potential at this bayside beauty for a buyer seeking a Californian bungalow on a large block.
Agent Matthew Pillios of Marshall White suggests that couples and young families fleeing apartment life or priced out of Sandringham and Hampton will like the casual, spacious interior and the “oasis feel” of its free-form pool and garden. Local shops, transport and Southland are nearby.
19a Cliff Street, South Yarra
The impeccable presentation of this three-level townhouse is a clue to its low maintenance, so desirable for busy couples or downsizers seeking a city base.
Its walled courtyard catches the northern sun, and the kitchen faces a pebbled lightwell. Each bedroom has an en suite. It’s been rejuvenated by the vendor, who bought it from the developer of the trio built 15 years ago.
109a Carpenter Street, Brighton
“Having only one owner in 30 years speaks volumes for this gorgeous townhome,” agent Stephen Smith of Marshall White Bayside says, noting its quiet position between Bay and Church streets’ shops and cafés.
The main bedroom has a street front balcony and the living zone opens to an elegant landscaped garden. Keep it all in order with storage in the tandem garage and a cute potting shed.
39 Uvadale Road, Kew
With his initials stamped in the G-shaped footprint, renowned local architect Graeme Gunn designed such a mid-century treasure here that it has housed only one family in its 59 years.
Its daring design, encircling a north-facing courtyard, was featured in Home Beautiful in 1965. “It needs some modernising, but you could renovate to preserve little quirks, such as wood panelling and the sunken lounge,” agent Lloyd Lawton of Jellis Craig says.
43 Lister Avenue, Sorrento
Serenity and a crisp white palette of understated sophistication embrace this Mornington Peninsula gem. “It’s a classic mid-1980s single-level holiday home, well-zoned and well put together,” the agent says.
Battened pergolas and internal shutters cast patterned shade while moonah trees add organic shape. It’s a short walk to the bay beach and a short drive to the back beach.
6 Blake Court, Mount Eliza
Post-lockdown, bayside Mount Eliza continues to attract young families seeking “space and value for money,” says the agent for this single-level residence on a massive 2700 square metres.
A big drawcard is its family-sized pool alongside al fresco barbecue and dining areas sized to handle a crowd. The freestanding 10-metre studio is great for WFH or a gym if the kids don’t call dibs on it.
1666 Mount Macedon Road, Woodend
The name Katandra – an Aboriginal word for birdsong – is perfect for this weatherboard home in a 1.2-hectare bush setting shared with vocal king parrots and kookaburras.
On the edge of Macedon Regional Park, five minutes from Woodend township, you’re immersed in nature, whether on its wraparound decks or viewed through picture windows. The vendors are leaving after 38 years.
This article was originally published by Domain.com.au. Reproduced with permission.
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