For Sale: A Hidden Architectural Haven In Northcote

A rare, long site with laneways on either side presented the opportunity to create a new home at the rear of this Northcote block.

The current owners commissioned the project — designed by Baracco+Wright Architects and built in 2016 — and it’s now for sale for the first time.

From the street, the galvanised clad home is barely visible, only revealing itself as one walks down to access its laneway entrance.

From here, sliding doors give way to the home’s ground storey entryway before the living, dining, and kitchen area (with toasty underfloor heating). This entire area is incredibly sleek and refined, thanks to wall-to-wall storage that integrates appliances and hides clutter.

The ground level of the home opens to the outdoors on three sides: the laneway to the west, a small enclosed garden to the north, and the larger outdoor terrace to the south. Sliding doors again fully disappear to access the latter, creating an almost 10-metre-long indoor-outdoor space with a second cooking area.

There’s also a generous bathroom on the ground floor that appreciates a lush outlook to the northern garden.

A spiral staircase on entry leads to the upper level of the home where the two bedrooms are located. This entire floor is exceptionally light-filled due to its polycarbonate cladding that creates the illusion of a bigger space.

Silvertop ash decking around the staircase instills a relaxed, tropical-inspired feel that can be appreciated from the main bedroom.

The home is additionally equipped with sustainable features including a 3.6kW solar array, electronic blinds on skylights, a heat pump hot water system, and a 2000 litre rainwater tank servicing the toilet and garden.

The vendors of the property say they’ll miss ‘the light and the way everything works even in a small space.’

Just as desirable as the home’s design is its location within walking distance of two train lines, two tram lines, High Street, and Westgarth Village.

It’s the ideal house for an individual, couple, or young family seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle in the heart of Melbourne’s north. The home is positioned on a separately-titled block with no shared land.

2/105 Charles Street, Northcote VIC is listed for sale with James Pilliner and Nicholas Exarchos at Nelson Alexander and goes to auction at 3pm Saturday May 4. 

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