7 Flint St, Eltham VIC

A modest lovely in the heart of the urban bush, with some beautiful original elements and tons o’ space for a sympathetic extension. Keeping it small and simple is not the lesser option however, as we can all probably do with a reassess of what built space we actually use in this world.

8 Stringybark Rd, Eltham VIC

Melbourne’s most prolific non-architect Alistair Knox is posthumously hard at it with any number of wonderful 60s and 70s bushland homes up for grabs right now. The one we’re posting we think is the most beautiful of the lot (though this one in Warrandyte is also bringing the goods and with a far more achievable price tag to boot!). But for now let us return to Eltham, historically recognised spiritual home of the city dwelling chakra and pottery-wheel class and this splendid home; Modern in its line and unabashed, bushland rustic in its presentation complete with rough hewn timbers, brick-paved flooring and adobe finishes, mezzanine sleeping spaces (including a kids bunk-room to rule them all), stand alone guest house, batik curtains, forested acres and sweeping lawn is sure to excite a collective of bush babies out there. For those who live for a more natural scene but require room to house an entire yoga retreat, this one is it and a bit.

8 Wild Cherry Dve, Eltham VIC

We’re starting to lose track of all the ripper Knox homes hitting the market in the last few months, guy just won’t quit. Here is the latest instalment, yet another vision in mudbrick and timber to up the heart-rate of those seeking both city convenience and bushland escape. A home in the traditional art lands of Eltham, check your bank account and pack you pottery wheel.

17 Yarra Braes Rd, Eltham VIC

Are you a hayseed Modernist? Do you love a clean line but a homemade mudbrick? Do you lean more Vashti Bunyan than John Coltrane. Could you be charmed by the story of a home designed by everyone’s favourite non-architect architect Alistair Knox, lovingly constructed by the owners own hands then held tight in them for decades? If you answered yes, then this little acreage, not far from the city, the very vestige of the proto-beatnik vaguard known as old-school Eltham, has your name all over it’s rustic walls. Outstanding in it’s idiosyncratic material choices and presentation yet still Modernist in it’s form, this is one very specific joint which will surely find a new lover without to much worry.

5 Wild Cherry Dve, Eltham VIC

Just when we thought we couldn’t get any better on the house front this week, one MA reader tipped us off to this place.
This Mid-Century marvel.
This rambling pad complete with pool, tennis court, 5 bedrooms on 2.5 acres.
This Modernist dream made of Warrandyte stone, mint painted wood, a butterfly roofline and direct Yarra River access.
Did we also mention it was owned by an Australian Post-War Golf celebrity, Horace “Ossie” Pickworth, who won the Australian Open 3 times in a row (1946-1948)?
You feeling it now?

We certainly are.