The VCE Room … ever heard of it? If not, good. Because this house deserves to start a trend in Brighton East, where families including bright young students enjoy a breezy stroll (AKA the 8.59am dash) to school after a night of study.
Originally a single storey, the 1930s house was transformed by architect Chris Ball into a picturesque haven with gables, white weatherboards and a soothing airiness that evokes an everlasting holiday. The Cape Cod-style abode now has open-plan living and two decks above the garden and pool.
BRIGHTON EAST \ 9 VIOLET CRESCENT
- AGENT \ Jellis Craig 9194 1200
- PRICE \ $2 million – $2.15 million
- AUCTION \ November 18 at 2pm
- Discover more on Domain.com.au
The peculiar thing, however, is what has happened upstairs. “This we called the VCE room,’’ says the vendor, walking into the largest of four double bedrooms on the first floor.
The mother of six would designate this room for whichever of her children was embroiled in that turbulent rite of passage in year 11 and 12.
“You could not see the floor,” she says. “When they studied, they needed to be in the zone, and they literally had piles on the carpet for each subject.”
Renovated in 1987, and given a new kitchen in 2007, the house is in mint condition with an enchanting atmosphere. Formal and casual living and dining, two ground-floor bedrooms plus a study, a first-floor retreat and four more bedrooms offer spacious accommodation in a cul-de-sac full of climbable trees.
The vintage highlight is the carpeted living room, with cornered windows and a curvy “deco” fireplace. A flat arch leads to the dining room, which opens to the hall.
The modern family area is a beauty, with a slate floor below a vaulted, skylit ceiling. A box-bay has french doors to two elevated decks with a north-east aspect, shaded by a giant liquidambar. The stone kitchen has an 900-millimetre Ilve gas stove, a Miele dishwasher, vertical pantry and built-in scales.
Two ground-floor bedrooms include the main suite at the front, which has an en suite with shower via the walk-in wardrobe. There’s another bathroom through the laundry.
The freshly-carpeted first floor has a retreat, a three-room bathroom (bath and toilet; basins; shower) and four double bedrooms.
The property has security, ducted heating and vacuum and off-street parking for two.
“This heart-warming treasure is a family home that will be cherished for years to come.” – Calvin Reid, agent