In the architect’s alley in Melbourne’s Northcote, which sold for $1.95 million

Behind this unassuming gate hidden in a laneway is an ‘inner city oasis’ – built around a courtyard garden that lets light into every room

  • A quirky house, hidden in an alley in Melbourne’s inner city, was built in the yard of another house
  • The three bed at Northcote is designed around a courtyard that allows natural light to flood into every room
  • Architectural techniques such as clerestory windows have been used to make the house appear larger than it is

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A quirky house hidden in a lane in the yard of another house is built around a sun-drenched courtyard that lets light shine into every room.

The secluded three-bedroom in Northcote, seven kilometers north of Melbourne CBD, is tucked away in what was once the backyard of the house that occupies the block in front of it.

It looks unassuming from the outside, but behind the front door is a contemporary masterpiece, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and plush window seats, an Art Deco bathroom with a sunken bath, a spacious study and a large kitchen that opens into the garden, perfect for cooking. receiving guests.

Behind this unassuming gate hidden in a laneway is an ‘inner city oasis’ just north of Melbourne CBD

From the outside it looks modest, but behind the front door is a modern masterpiece

From the outside it looks modest, but behind the front door is a modern masterpiece

The avenue house is built around a sun-drenched courtyard that lets light shine into every room

The avenue house is built around a sun-drenched courtyard that lets light shine into every room

Listing agent Peter Stephens, who oversaw the sale of the property for Nelson Alexander, said the sellers – a jewelery designer and an architect – had built their own ‘inner-city oasis’ on the 254 sq ft block.

The owner-architect used clerestory windows, an architectural technique dating back to the temples of ancient Egypt that places rows of narrow windows above eye level, to make the space airy and significantly larger than the actual floor dimensions.

‘In general, modern style houses don’t sell as well as those of the era, but this is just beautifully designed,’ Mr Stephens told the Daily Mail Australia.

He added: ‘There’s real comfort in it and great light. The architect looked after a lot on a small block.’

There is a large kitchen that opens into the garden, perfect for receiving guests

There is a large kitchen that opens into the garden, perfect for receiving guests

Upstairs is an art deco bathroom complete with a sunken bath

Upstairs is an art deco bathroom complete with a sunken bath

The owner-architect used clerestory windows pictured), an architectural technique dating back to the temples of ancient Egypt that places rows of narrow windows above eye level, to make the room appear significantly larger than its actual size

The owner-architect used clerestory windows pictured), an architectural technique dating back to the temples of ancient Egypt that places rows of narrow windows above eye level, to make the room appear significantly larger than its actual size

Listing agent Peter Stephens, who oversaw the sale of the property for Nelson Alexander, said the sellers - a jewelery designer and an architect - had built their own 'inner-city oasis' on the 254 sq ft block.

Listing agent Peter Stephens, who oversaw the sale of the property for Nelson Alexander, said the sellers – a jewelery designer and an architect – had built their own ‘inner-city oasis’ on the 254 sq ft block.

Stephens said demand for inner-city Melbourne housing remains high, despite a mass exodus of Melburnians to the country of Victoria since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Even the fifth state lockdown, expected to end on Tuesday, July 20, but now appears to last until at least Friday, July 23, failed to dampen interest in the Northcote Laneway home.

‘There is certainly interest in the right houses, it’s just frustrating not being able to show the houses properly,’ says Stephens.

The quirky three-bedroom is tucked away in what was once the backyard of the house that occupies the block in front of it

The quirky three-bedroom is tucked away in what was once the backyard of the house that occupies the block in front of it

The spacious study is flooded with natural light

The spacious study is flooded with natural light

One of three upstairs bedrooms, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows

One of three upstairs bedrooms, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows

The house was sold under the hammer on Saturday, July 17 for $1.95 million (AUD)

It brought in $400,000 more than the average home of that size in the area, which sold for $1.55 million in 2020.

The house was sold under the hammer on Saturday, July 17 for $1.95 million (AUD)

Stephens said demand for inner-city Melbourne housing remains high, despite a mass exodus of Melburnians to the country of Victoria since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Stephens said demand for inner-city Melbourne housing remains high, despite a mass exodus of Melburnians to the country of Victoria since the pandemic began in early 2020.

The three bedrooms sold under the hammer on Saturday, July 17 for $1.95 million (AUD) — $400,000 higher than the average price of a home of that size in the area, which was $1.55 million in 2020.

Northcote is home to an eclectic mix of new and old, with imposing Victorian and Edwardian mansions wary of quirky Art Deco buildings and modern apartment blocks.

The hilltop suburb is growing in popularity thanks to its laid-back vibe, affordable prices – considerably cheaper than neighboring Fitzroy – and expansive views of the CBD.

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