Going under the hammer on March 14th is this elegant modern home in one of Melbourne’s most sought-after bayside pockets.
If you were to trip on the front step of this 3-bedroom home as you were leaving, you would have a likely chance of landing on the soft sands of Elwood Beach. The third property down the street once you turn off the beachside Ormond Esplanade and a short walk from Elsternwick Park and the charming Broadway shops and cafes, that first checkbox, location, has been well and truly ticked.
But it is the design of this spacious apartment that propels it into the number one spot for Home of the Month. Beyond being only a 20-minute drive from the CBD or one of the best cycling commutes imaginable, it is the dedication to detail made by design firm Hecker Guthrie that brings to life the various angles and clean lines of the home’s physical structure, built by the award-winning group Visioneer.
Designed in collaboration with Jost Architects, the home sits in the four-level ‘Adela’ building which has a National House Energy Rating Scheme rating of 8. A simple and neutral palette underpins the building and this home, so that it can accommodate a range of interior stylings. Hecker Guthrie designed all six homes in Adela, with a strong emphasis on utilising natural light throughout, as a means to connect interiors with the outside world, especially the cool winds from the bay. There is also a strong emphasis from Hecker Guthrie to create a home through the design, rather than just a well-designed space. This emphasis on lighting, connections between spaces and a softening of textures and palettes helps to ground the design as a welcoming atmosphere.
The relationship between the 3-metre concrete ceilings, terrazzo stone and European Oak floors as well as the surrounding treetop canopy in which the home is nestled works to offset the intended strength inherent in so much of the building’s design and use of strong uninterrupted lines throughout. It is simply up to its owner to inject their own personality through their own stylings to complete the canvas.
An open-plan living, dining and kitchen area emphasises the speckled grey tones of the home’s exposed concrete, while making it an ideal home for entertaining. The stackable sliding doors help to forge this connection between the home and its surroundings, and extend that entertaining space to the outside balcony (complete with built-in barbeque) during the warmer months.
Modern Miele appliances and stone benchtops smoothe the home chef’s experience and the kitchen’s position at the centre of the living area acknowledges its role as the hearth in a family home, whether on any given night of the week or when entertaining.
The main bedroom includes a spacious dressing room, ensuite bathroom and external remote-control rotatable and retractable louvre windows. On top of the two other bedrooms and additional bathroom, there is a multi-purpose room surrounded entirely by glass, making it a great option for an office or guest bedroom.
The home has its own solar panels and battery, while its smart use of natural light and solid building materials make it an energy saver’s dream home.
Heading to auction with an estimated price tag of between $3-3.3m, there are few designs as simple yet sophisticated as this. But with something as beautiful as this to call your home, there might be good reason to do an extra shake down of the sand when you come in from the beach during summer.