Perched atop a steep slope and draped in the colour of daffodils and smiley-face emoticons, this is a house that won’t be blending into the woodwork.
It grabs attention by standing tall on a hill, dressed in soothing yellow and neatly trimmed by white fascia boards and verandahs.
From the verandahs, you look down at the treetops of the eucalypts planted along Lynette Avenue. Beyond those treetops, the landscape stretches out to a canopy of even more trees.
Fast facts: 53 Lynette Avenue, Warrandyte, 3113
- Barry Plant: 9842 8888
- Price: $800,000 – $880,000
- Auction: May 1 at noon
- Three-storey weatherboard house
- Corrugated roof
- Dormer windows
- Hardwood timber and carpet floors
- Outdoor, wood-fired oven
- Vegetable patches, chicken coop
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A wide, sealed driveway leads up from the road to the apron of a stand-alone, double garage. This is the first of many flat spaces reclaimed from the slope.
From the garage, a flight of stairs leads to the first level of the house – the dormitory zone of main entry, four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The main bedroom has conveniently placed his-and-hers walk-in wardrobes and a modern en suite.
The large balcony is both porch and viewing platform for this part of the house.
The living zones on the second level are an artful display of the potential to be found on sloping sites. The internal spaces have vaulted ceilings and dormer windows that bring in the light. Each zone is extended to a balcony or deck to bring the outdoors in.
The dining/family room has a balcony looking out to a vast vista of trees, while the lounge opens to two decks built to wrap around a paved patio.
The kitchen has black stone benchtops to match its freestanding 1000-millimetre Falcon stove. The colour scheme here is the classic combination of timber tones (from the hardwood flooring), white cabinetry and sleek stove. A walk-in pantry extends the kitchen’s ample storage capacity.
On the third level is a large rumpus room with ceilings that look like an A-frame inset with large dormer windows. It is a loft that can be put to many uses.
The highest “room” on the property belongs to the chooks, which have their own run and shed in the back garden that reclaims level land on a couple of tiers.
Frank Lloyd Wright famously said: “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other.” This house follows that dictum, carving itself into every level of the slope.
Was it hard to lug the building materials up such a steep site? “No,” the vendor says. “A four-wheel-drive tractor zipped up and down the slope to do it. Easy.”
The family is setting off to its next building adventure on an acre block “down the road”, the vendor says. “We are not leaving Warrandyte. After nine years, we want a new challenge on a larger block.” Warrandyte, she says, is a community where people share a connectedness.
This property is a short drive to the Andersons Creek Primary School, which has the Warrandyte Sports Complex (a single-court stadium, tiered seating and basketball facilities) within its compound.
It is also close to the Warrandyte Sports Club, which is home to Warrandyte’s football, cricket and netball clubs. The Goldfields Plaza is also close by.