Robin Boyd, John Yuncken: Camberwell, Beaumaris houses of iconic architects up for grabs

The house designed and lived in by renowned architect Robin Boyd (inset) at 664-666 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell (left) is for sale, along with a home at 136 Reserve Rd, Beaumaris (right) owned by architect John Yuncken.

Two homes previously owned by famous Melbourne architects are on the market, including the Camberwell house where the iconic Robin Boyd lived with his family.

One of Australia’s most influential architects, Boyd commenced work on the property at 664-666 Riversdale Rd, the first he designed, in 1947.

Boyd designed the home’s second stage in 1951 after returning from his first trip to Europe and later extended the home as his family grew.

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Woodards Camberwell agent David Gillham said the abode was purchased by another family in the 1970s, who added a two-storey rear extension.

Mr Gillham said the heritage-listed house was “pretty much in original form” but had stood vacant for several years.

Potential buyers have not been able to inspect the interior due to issues with public liability insurance, but Mr Gillham said this had not dampened interest.

He received more than 60 inquiries about the property during its first week on the market including from interstate.

Robin Boyd’s former house at 664-666 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell, as photographed in 1948 shortly after it was built. Picture: Peter Wille, State Library of Victoria

The home’s interior captured during the 1948 photo shoot. Picture: Peter Wille, State Library of Victoria

Another exterior image of the house, taken in 1948. Picture: Peter Wille, State Library of Victoria

Mr Gillham said whoever purchased the 2008sq m site would have to adhere to heritage and planning guidelines regarding alterations.

“Many people we have got interested want to renovate the house and bring it back to its former glory and do it sympathetically to that era,” he said.

One of Boyd’s most famous designs, The Wright House at 84 Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte, sold last month for above its $2.25m-$2.45m asking range.

Jellis Craig Boroondara agent Mark Salvati said the mid-century home attracted four offers from buyers.

Boyd designed The Wright House at 84 Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Rd, North Warrandyte, for graphic artists Joyce and James Wright.

Inside the stylish 1960s house.

The mid-century house at 136 Reserve Rd, Beaumaris has been in architect John Yuncken’s family for more than half a century.

The chic living area has proved a hit with potential buyers.

In Melbourne’s southeast, another mid-century masterpiece at 136 Reserve Rd, Beaumaris is for sale with a $1.8m-1.98m asking range.

The Agency Port Phillip and Bayside partner Christine Henderson said architect John Yuncken purchased the home from a builder and altered it to suit his family, who have owned the property since 1965.

“The house been really beautifully preserved, you could move in and not have to do a thing,” Ms Henderson said.

The kitchen overlooks the gardens which were established more than 60 years ago.

Architect John Yuncken penned a poem about how much he loved the garden but missed the Ti Trees his wife asked him to remove when they first moved in.

One of five groovy bedrooms.

Artworks painted by John Yuncken remain on display in the home.

John’s father Otto (Rob) Yuncken was one of the founders of Yuncken Freeman Architects, where his son also worked.

Yuncken Freeman are renowned for several of their projects including the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus masterplan and the State Government Offices in East Melbourne.

Thousands of people at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for Carols by Candlelight.

The main bedroom at 136 Reserve Rd, Beaumaris has a private balcony.

An image of a social gathering at the Beaumaris house. Picture: Adrienne Bizzarri

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