In a glass of its own

Herald Sun - Property - - FRONT PAGE -

GREVILLE Pabst ad­mits there are some draw­backs to liv­ing on the edge of Port Phillip Bay, in­clud­ing the volatile weather con­di­tions it can churn up. But the view makes it all worth­while. “Be­ing right on Beach Rd means the el­e­ments can be quite harsh,” said Mr Pabst, who is a prop­erty val­uer and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of WBP Prop­erty Group.

“The view is fan­tas­tic be­cause it changes con­stantly. There are sail­ing boats and the We can also see the storms com­ing in and the light­ning shows.”

The home has be­come some­thing of a lo­cal icon thanks to its vast glass fa­cade. In the Bay­side area, it has been dubbed “the fish­bowl” thanks to the view it of­fers the pub­lic straight into the open-plan liv­ing area.

Mr Pabst and his wife, Lisa, who are par­ents to sons Noah, 19, and Corey, 17, bought the block more than a decade ago when it was the site of a two-storey 1960s house. Build­ing un­der the ex­ist­ing and more gen­er­ous build­ing codes at the time, they main­tained part of the orig­i­nal home, in­clud­ing a slab and some walls, which meant more scope but less flex­i­bil­ity.

Mr Pabst, who is a reg­u­lar me­dia com­men­ta­tor and has been a guest judge on Chan­nel 9 reno show

en­gaged ar­chi­tect Schul­berg Demkiw, whose lo­cal work he had ad­mired.

The home’s wow fac­tor doesn’t just come from the bay views. Re­mote-con­trol ac­cess re­veals an open­ing in the roof, where a tim­ber and steel stair­case presents a rooftop deck com­plete with sweep­ing views that, on a clear day, cap­ture the city sky­line.

Bed­rooms and bath­rooms are tucked away at the rear of the home and in­clude a bal­cony that looks into the back gar­den.

In stark con­trast to the rugged en­vi­ron­ment on dis­play at the front of the house, the lush back­yard is a pri­vate and quiet oa­sis com­plete with a la­goon-style pool and en­ter­tain­ing area.

A down­stairs cinema room and large games area with a pool ta­ble, tele­vi­sion and fridge of­fers Noah and Corey space to hang out with friends.

“It is a great space for en­ter­tain­ing in the sum­mer

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.