Elegant masterpiece comes with a man shed

Home work: Architect Roger Nelson’s renovated three-level St Kilda West home has a roomy interior and a tropics-inspired garden. The home in St Kilda West.

The home in St Kilda West.

Attention!: The five-bedroom 61 David Street, Preston, was once a Salvation Army barracks.

61 David Street, Preston.

Entertaining: This riverside home at Hawthorn is family-friendly.

This riverside home at Hawthorn.

Creative: A feature pond by Ola Cohn at the house built by Marcus Martin.

1A Wellington Street, Brighton.

740 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East.

222/299 Queen Street.

Known for his work on city landmarks such as QV, the Melbourne Convention Centre and the redevelopment of Myer’s Bourke Street store, architect Roger Nelson has turned his attention to a smaller-scale project – the sale of his St Kilda West home.

Nelson is the principal of NHArchitecture, which at present is involved in projects including the redevelopment of the Margaret Court Arena and part of central Christchurch, in New Zealand.

He and his wife Jane, who have four adult children, bought the house, which dates from the early 20th century, in early 2004 and completed a ”major overhaul” of the property – including the addition of new bathrooms and repolishing of the floors – two years ago. They’re now upsizing to accommodate the extended family on a single site.

The three-level property at 327 Beaconsfield Parade features up to five bedrooms, including one they use as a library, and a loft bedroom, or home office, on the top floor.

The first floor features open-plan living and dining areas leading to a balcony and bay views, while the ground floor has a back family room that opens to extensive decking and a tropics-inspired garden with fish ponds. There’s also a ”man shed” built into the home’s north wall.

The property goes to auction at 1.30pm on May 4, with expectations of $2.9 million-plus. Graeme Wilson, of Wilson Agents, is handling the sale.

Family gem by the river

Builder Renato Virgona, of Virgon Constructions, has listed his riverside Hawthorn house for private sale with an asking price of $3.75 million, after it failed to snag a buyer via expressions of interest.

Mr Virgona built the three-level property at 5 Muir Street about five years ago. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, formal and informal living areas as well as a home cinema or rumpus room and a gym. There’s also a three-car garage, pool and spa, and a child-friendly garden.

Sam Wilkinson, of Kay & Burton, is handling the sale.

History and society style

The former South Yarra home of prolific mid-20th century society architect Marcus Martin will be auctioned at 12.30pm on April 27.

The property, 240 Walsh Street, was built by Martin, who died in 1981, as his residence about 1935.

Previously listed for private sale, the property comes with an Edna Walling-designed walled garden and a central feature pond designed by Ola Cohn.

Jock Langley, of Abercromby’s, is quoting $2 million-plus.

If the walls could talk

Its uses have been many and varied – from a Salvation Army barracks to palais de dance and gospel hall – but the building at 61 David Street in Preston, which dates from the early 1890s, has more latterly been used as a home.

It has five bedrooms, including a separate guest bedroom or retreat with its own balcony, open-plan living and dining area with a central aquarium and a double garage.

Listed for auction at 11.30am on April 20, Andrew Montalto, of Hocking Stuart, is quoting $950,000 to $1.05 million.

Fame and charm

You might recognise this Brighton property from its appearances in housing magazines and television commercials, including ads for Country Road and Tassal Salmon.

The house of interiors stylist and social worker Jo Neal and her venture capitalist husband John, 1A Wellington Street has been refurbished since they bought it five years ago. ”We ramped up the charm,” says Ms Neal, who describes it as ”Beatrix Potter-style”.

Only metres from the beach, the two-storey house has four bedrooms, five living areas and a second-storey deck. The garden, which has featured in the Open Garden Scheme, includes a trampoline, swimming pool, chicken coop and even a small citrus grove.

The house is for private sale. Kate Strickland, of Marshall White, is asking $2.89 million.

Big kids at the back

The Hawthorn East house of internet pioneers Rod and Liz Keys was designed to provide space between parents and their adult offspring by including a self-contained two-bedroom apartment at the back.

The Keys, directors of Total Internet, bought the Victorian-era property at 740 Burwood Road about eight years ago and in 2012 completed the apartment above the carport for the elder two of their three sons.

But with work commitments requiring a move closer into the city, they’re selling it with expectations of $1.5 million-plus.

Apartment aside, the main house has three bedrooms, a separate sitting room, open-plan living and a deck.

Scott Patterson and Judy Balloch, of Kay & Burton, are overseeing an expressions-of-interest campaign closing at 5pm on May 7.

Grand city views

Eye surgeon James La Nauze is selling his inner-city property as he looks to spend more time at his other house in central Victoria.

Mr La Nauze bought the property at 222/299 Queen Street more than five years ago and extensively reconfigured and renovated it.

”[It’s] created even more of a sense of space,” he says.

On the 22nd floor of the Nonda Katsalidis-designed Republic Tower, the three-bedroom apartment features a two-storey glass-walled void with city views, a home office or upstairs retreat and two carparks on title as well as access to common facilities such as a gym, swimming pool and sauna.

Anton Wongtrakun of Dingle Partners expects $2.5 million-plus. Expressions of interest close at 5pm on April 30.

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