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On the market: 3 delightful mud brick family homes

Felicity Allen

Felicity Allen

April 2022

Typically unique to the north-east region of Melbourne and particularly prevalent around Eltham and Warrandyte is the mid-century mud-brick home. Loved for their low impact on the environment, mud bricks are some of the oldest building materials on
earth. Mud brick walls are loved as they can provide moderate to high thermal mass. Their thickness provides effective thermal mass, with extra insulation as required in seasonally cool or hot climates.

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30 Gilbert Rd, Ivanhoe

Expressions of Interest Closing: Monday 11th April at 6pm

Nestled among manicured natives in Ivanhoe’s coveted Fairy Hills precinct, this iconically Australian mid-century domain on 818m2 (approx.) landscaped allotment delivers a superior blend of privileged family lifestyle credentials and advantageous convenience only moments to trains, village shopping, Yarra Parklands and elite grammar schools.

Immediately welcoming with a spectacular union of rich mud brick character and contemporary comfort, the robust modernist architecture inspired by Alister Knox exudes warmth through a natural palate of exposed brick and reclaimed timber all bathed in natural light from large expanses of glass showcasing the picturesque garden surrounds.

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9 Geoffrey Court, Lower Plenty

Expressions of Interest Closing: Monday 11th April at 4pm

Nestled discreetly into its leafy surrounds, this enchanting mudbrick home boasts a clever floorplan with a seamless connection to the outdoors through a series of well-placed windows and doors. Come inside to a comfortable living room/library that feels like a warm embrace - offering a great place to mingle with friends, relax or spend time as a family.

The streamlined kitchen was ahead of its time, featuring concealed appliances (oven/cooktop, fridge/freezer), eye-catching timber benches and terrific storage, leading to a dining room and a quiet home office - both spilling outdoors to a red-brick courtyard. An attractive breezeway connects the bedrooms to the main living areas, including three generous size robed bedrooms and two modern family bathrooms.

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10 Ancona Court, Eltham

Expressions of Interest Closing: Tuesday 12th April at 5pm

A stylish combination of mudbrick walls, exposed beams and timber floors creates a lasting impression inside this enviable family home, filled with warmth and seamless access to the entertaining zones. Elevated and positioned to take full advantage of the views, a large open-air deck provides a great place to enjoy a meal or glass of wine at day’s end, leading inside to a generous open plan living and dining room featuring timber floors, soft textured walls and large windows that draw in natural light.

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