Inverloch A-frame beach house brings modernist magic to market
An A-frame beach house praised by modernist architecture fans for “celebrating the era, without (being) a retro sideshow” is making waves in Inverloch.
The striking four-storey home at 128 Lohr Ave has attracted more than 100 buyer inquiries since hitting the market — most of them from Melbourne — with Stockdale & Leggo Inverloch director Adam Leys describing it as “very popular”.
But despite having been “very close to selling” several times, it remains up for grabs with a $1.15 million asking price.
The price guide has been reduced from an initial $1.3-$1.35 million figure, CoreLogic records show.
The property, steps from Ozone St beach, has been highlighted by popular architecture sites The Design Files and Modernist Australia, with the latter dubbing it “not your usual rag-tag A-frame”.
“(It’s) a stunning and sensitively refurb’ed … home with endless timber lining and a clever use of era-specific pop — original MCM (mid-century modern) furniture, new light fittings, dotty kitchen and that red Pirelli (flooring) in the bathroom,” Modernist Australia
Mr Leys said the three-bedroom pad hadn’t been altered too much since it was built in about the 1960s.
But previous owners had added a self-contained apartment to the ground floor, which was once open space.
He said while there were a few A-frame houses in the seaside South Gippsland town, this one had a notable “light, bright, liveable feel”.
“A-frame houses can feel a bit pokey. This one has a great sense of space, it feels nice and open,” Mr Leys said.
“It’s also close to the beach — you’d be standing on the beach within a minute (of leaving the house).
“But it’s really protected from the public by established trees.”
The home’s top two levels offer 180-degree views stretching from Cape Liptrap and the Bald Hills wind farm, to picturesque rock formation Eagles Nest.
There are living spaces on all four levels, three of which open out to decks.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and expanses of timber are design highlights.
The house is on 602sq m of land and last sold for $1 million in August 2017, according to CoreLogic.
Mr Leys said the vendor had used the property as a permanent home, but both permanent and holiday-home buyers had been eyeing it.
Another intact mid-century charmer is also for sale just down the road, at 32 Lohr Ave, asking $790,000.