Like father, like son: Knox designs hit Eltham market
Sought-after houses built by two generations of the Knox family have hit the market in Eltham, offering a rare opportunity for buyers.
An architectural wonder at 56 Mount Pleasant Rd by master-builder Alistair Knox is for sale just 1km away from his son Hamish Knox’s incredible design at 51 Lavender Park Rd.
Both properties were listed for sale on April 18.
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Buckingham and Company agent Jeremy Cleaver said the Alistair Knox listing, which had a $1.275-$1.35 million price guide, was nestled away on a huge 2323sq m block.
“I’ve driven past this place countless times and never noticed it from the road, because it’s very private once you’re up there,” he said.
“There are no replicas of this around and the vendors have added a fantastic pool that makes you feel like you’re swimming among the treetops.”
The four-bedroom house is wedged between the former artist colony Montsalvat and Eltham cemetery, where its builder is buried.
Vendor Bronwyn Watt said she had enjoyed the sprawling gardens, timber design and large windows during her time at the house.
“The original house was a modest little Knox box built in 1964, but in the late 1970s there were two extensions to the house which we call the east and west wing,” Ms Watt said.
“We have virtually no neighbours, every room has a view of the bush and we’re still an easy commute to the city.”
Ms Watt and her husband painted the main living area’s ceiling white, and added the pool and some footpaths and terraces in the garden during their seven years at the property.
Nearby, a Hamish Knox build called The Gatehouse shows off the Knox signature style with soaring ceilings and timber finishes.
Morrison Kleeman agent Lucas Peressini said the $1.6-$1.7 million listing was on one of Eltham’s most sought-after streets.
“It’s an aspirational street for residents around here, with every house on more than an acre (0.4ha) of land,” Mr Peressini said.
“The Gatehouse is a popular design and it has caught the attention of the community over the years because of its beautiful street presence.”
More than 15 inquiries had already been made on the four-bedroom house, which was on the market for the first time in its 20-year history, he added.
The dreamy address also has sprawling native gardens designed by renowned landscaper Robert Boyle.
Both Knox properties are for private sale, with expressions of interest closing for Lavender Park Rd on May 21 and Mount Pleasant Rd on May 28.
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