The wild permutations of this swirling world are creating schisms in the fabric of our reality. One could easily slip through a finely worn section, back to 1967 and make a home here – a textbook example of a Graeme Gunn designed Merchant Builder’s home which has never seen another owner from those who built it that year. Pristine in its purist, Australian Modern design, without a single superfluous angle, line or space and made of neutral earthbound tile, timber and brick this home provides elemental solace and spiritual succor for these, our heady times.
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.
The prolific Mr Knox strikes again with this wonderful, c.1966 Eltham retreat. Some of you may notice a striking similarity between this and another of everyone’s favourite bushland designer recently featured in Design Files. In any case here’s your chance to cosy down in those exposed brick walls, timber features, soaring ceilings and windows he is revered for. Elegance au naturel.
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.
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.
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.