While we at est believe each Open House in our ongoing collection is remarkable in its own right, our latest home has caught the eye of the wider design community too. The BDAV Design of the Year Award winner for 2013, this three bedroom Northcote home marries sturdy, modern materials with a sun-soaked open plan layout. Located smack bang in the heart of one of the inner north’s most family-friendly locales, this is a home that satisfies all the design-conscious buyer’s demands – space, style and a culture-filled neighbourhood.
AGENT Jellis Craig
Seamlessly tucked away amongst a Victorian facade, 43 Henry Street Northcote appears from the front like any of its neighbours. But if the interior that unfolds seems worlds apart from the home’s exterior, it’s only for the better. Proportions have been stretched and natural light embraced to create a large, open-plan living area perfect for any configuration preference. This central heart of the home is characterised by the warm timber cladding echoed throughout the home, but also the practical stone tile and stone-topped island bench. An added bonus is the integration of the large outdoor entertaining area, which can be directly opened up to through expansive sliding doors that run parallel to the kitchen space. The semi-undercover space can work as dining, hosting or a children’s play area, but all within arm’s reach of the kitchen and living spaces.
Snaking off this central living space are the bedrooms, two bathrooms and study space. The sunny main bedroom boasts its own timber-clad ensuite, while the master bathroom is cleverly divided to dry and wet spaces, the latter looking out to a pocket of greenery hidden away from prying eyes at the rear of the home. While this is no doubt a home suited for growing families, it doesn’t come at the cost of a little everyday luxury – and a little bit of luxury is always welcome in our opinion.
Located just a couple of blocks back from the buzz of High Street, the home falls comfortably into the local school zone, public transport and St Georges Road. But Northcote’s real drawcard is its enviable food, drink and shopping landscape, seemingly ever-expanding and filled with options for every preference. Buzzy breakfast spot Tinker pulls a crowd weekly for its creative fare, while just a few doors down, Estelle by Scott Pickett is a grown-up space (and menu) perfect for a special night out. Of course being the inner north there are countless choices of global cuisine, with everything from Tibetan to Korean to African within a short stroll. We can already imagine summer nights spent out on that deck, a glass of wine in hand and some delicious local food on our plate. 43 Henry Street Northcote, you’re a winner in our books too.