A Family’s Magical Mid-Century ‘Treehouse’ Is For Sale In Kew East
There is a large amount that feels magical about the residence at 24 Lister Street, in Melbourne’s Kew East. Developed and made by operator-architect Keith Lodge, it attributes all the attributes of a coveted house from the modernist era – from its use of geometric glass to its incredible composition, elevated previously mentioned floor by a classic steel frame.
But perhaps even more particular is the story at the rear of it, acquiring been lived in and cherished by Keith’s household for an remarkable 6 decades. Until finally now!
‘Our father designed and crafted this house in 1959,’ just one of the vendor’s kids Fiona Lodge suggests. ‘He was a younger enthusiastic architect who conceived the house at the age of 26, which has develop into additional outstanding to me in my adult yrs, for him to display these kinds of a daring and nonetheless successful dwelling, which frankly has stood the take a look at of time.’
It was initially developed as a ‘humble’ two-bed room home established in farm-like surrounds and unmade roadways, with views by way of to the Yarra River and outside of. ‘As the precinct matured and grew, so did the family and in switch the house,’ Fiona points out.
In 1967, the residence was extended out to the east with two extra bedrooms, and in 1973 a playroom and two further more bedrooms have been additional in an underneath croft which is joined to the primary residing flooring by a spiral stair. Within timber characteristics provide additional heat and allure, though an primary 12ft granite wall showcasing an open up hearth has been the literal heart of the residence for the family members to get all-around.
The house owners say its robust architectural bones have been adapted to contemporary dwelling about the past 60 a long time, even changing the inside colour techniques of the four-bedroom household quite a few instances. But 1 of the Lodge’s favorite capabilities is the facade and triangular home windows, which frame the 1575 sq. metre block’s established native gardens.
‘To feel that the attractive, landscaped backyard that seems to be much more like parkland, was planted by our mom and dad, every single single tree,’ she adds. ‘Unbeknown to me, as a child, we had been residing amongst the treetops, with views throughout parkland, within suburban Kew. Our father under no circumstances weary of pointing out: that no window was the exact same, the way the mild would stream as a result of the home windows at the suitable time of the working day and the magical experience of residing within just the treetops. He utilised to say, “look we dwell in a tree house”.’
Now, the nostalgic Lodge Property is at last on the market place, and the family’s hoping to hand the house more than to anyone who will cherish it for many years to occur!
24 Lister Road, Kew East is detailed with Kay & Burton Hawthorn with expressions of curiosity closing October 25 at 5pm.