A Family’s Magical Mid-Century ‘Treehouse’ Is For Sale In Kew East

Martin T. Israel

There’s a good deal that feels magical about the house at 24 Lister Avenue, in Melbourne’s Kew East. Built and intended by operator-architect Keith Lodge, it functions all the features of a coveted dwelling from the modernist era – from its use of geometric glass to its incredible structure, elevated higher than ground by a regular metal body.

But potentially even far more unique is the tale driving it, owning been lived in and cherished by Keith’s spouse and children for an outstanding 6 decades. Right up until now!

‘Our father intended and designed this property in 1959,’ a person of the vendor’s small children Fiona Lodge suggests. ‘He was a young enthusiastic architect who conceived the household at the age of 26, which has turn out to be extra amazing to me in my adult many years, for him to demonstrate such a daring and but helpful home, which frankly has stood the exam of time.’

It was initially crafted as a ‘humble’ two-bedroom household set in farm-like surrounds and unmade roadways, with views as a result of to the Yarra River and past. ‘As the precinct matured and grew, so did the family and in turn the dwelling,’ Fiona describes.

In 1967, the dwelling was extended out to the east with two supplemental bedrooms, and in 1973 a playroom and two further more bedrooms have been extra in an beneath croft which is joined to the key residing ground by a spiral stair. Within timber attributes deliver further warmth and attraction, whilst an initial 12ft granite wall that includes an open up fire has been the literal coronary heart of the home for the household to collect all around.

The house owners say its powerful architectural bones have been tailored to modern day residing about the last 60 many years, even modifying the interior colour schemes of the four-bed room household many moments. But one of the Lodge’s favorite capabilities is the facade and triangular windows, which body the 1575 square metre block’s established native gardens.

‘To consider that the beautiful, landscaped backyard that seems to be extra like parkland, was planted by our dad and mom, just about every solitary tree,’ she adds. ‘Unbeknown to me, as a baby, we were being residing among the treetops, with sights across parkland, in suburban Kew. Our father never exhausted of pointing out: that no window was the similar, the way the gentle would stream by means of the home windows at the right time of the day and the magical sensation of residing in just the treetops. He utilised to say, “look we are living in a tree house”.’

Now, the nostalgic Lodge Household is last but not least on the market place, and the family’s hoping to hand the home around to anyone who will cherish it for a long time to occur!

24 Lister Street, Kew East is detailed with Kay & Burton Hawthorn with expressions of desire closing October 25 at 5pm.

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