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