In a glass of its own
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