The son of one of Melbourne’s most celebrated architects used a “treasure trove” of recycled materials to create this dream pad in a secret bush suburb in Melbourne’s northeast.
Timber telegraph poles, commercial-grade glass from a Collins Street tower and a striking Victorian staircase combine at Bend Of Islands’ enchanting Glass House hideaway.
Hamish Knox, the son of master mud brick architect Alistair Knox, designed the storybook property blending past and present at 484 Henley Road, now for sale for $790,000-$840,000.
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The two-bedroom, two-bathroom house is marketed as “a lifestyle to envy” with “a location to match”.
Morrison Kleeman’s Gayle Blackwood said the patchwork nature of the upcycled home made it difficult to place its age, but added that it had been updated by previous owners.
CoreLogic records show its first sale dates back to 1977.
“It’s a really special home,” Ms Blackwood said. “Hamish Knox has a treasure trove of recycled and found materials in a large shed, so when he creates a house the design is inspired by the materials.”
She said the eclectic property fit perfectly in its unique environment at Bend of Islands – a tightly held, sustainable suburb where no domestic pets are allowed, but where a lack of fencing allows for plenty of wildlife to roam.
The area also has a co-operative that demands vetting of wannabe residents and is governed by the state’s only Environmental Living zone.
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“Everyone who builds there builds their dream,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about what your neighbour is building and can really let your creative spirit run wild.”
The agent said the home’s previous owners included a downsizing couple who enjoyed the two-level floorplan for working from home, and other vendors from the creative industries.
“It’s been crossing all buyer demographics,” Ms Blackwood said. “I’ve had a composer come to look at it as well as a first-home buyer couple.”
The home offers sweeping views of the valley and the area’s leafy surrounds from the open-plan living areas and the treetop outdoor area.
Additional drawcards include a woodfire heater, shed, and the ground-level entertainment area with seating and built-in barbecue.
The property is for private sale.
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