A Perfectly Preserved Mid-Century Marvel On The Banks Of The Yarra Is On The Market
On The Market
There aren’t many riverside properties in inner-city Melbourne, let alone ones that are also shrouded in bushland. This house in Kew is both: nestled on the banks of Yarra, and surrounded by towering, stately blue gums.
Designed by architect Harry J Little in 1962 and remaining in the same ownership from 1968, the house is an example of quintessential Australian architecture from the mid twentieth century. And it’s been perfectly preserved!
The house comprises two wings connected by an entry foyer. The southern wing contains the private sleeping quarters, holding four bedrooms and a study. The northern wing contains the communal living areas: family, living and dining rooms all separated by operable doors.
The kitchen is set back into the property facing the rear of the property rather than the river. It makes up for the lack of water views with its excellent retro detailing, including wood panelled walls!
Timber, red brick and glass comprise the classic lean palette typical of the era. This muted, understated material expression allows the breathtaking natural outlook to take centre stage. Greenery is embraced at every opportunity, with floor-to-ceiling glazing wrapping the river-facing zones.
Underneath the main body of the house is a ground level patio, complete with wall-to-wall crazy paving and pond!
This truly marvellous piece of architecture means that the house feels totally secluded whichever room you’re in. We say this a lot, but we’re seriously jealous of whoever snaps this up!