Seven-car garage at slam dunk Northcote ‘ultimate family home’
A Northcote family oasis with a spectacular warehouse aesthetic is poised to become one of the suburb’s loftiest sales.
A husband and wife team custom-built the property at 18 Henry St with the vision of creating “the ultimate family home”.
That included a massive seven-car garage, schmick home cinema and basketball play court at the breathtaking property, which has striking double-glazed windows and comes packed with high-quality features.
It’s priced to sell at $4 million, which would make it the equal second most expensive house to sell in the inner northern suburb.
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Interior designer Pepi Hartman and her husband, builder Ben, bought the then single-fronted property in 2013, according to CoreLogic.
They demolished the original home and started the project from scratch.
Ms Hartman said the Ruckers Hill location and land size (about 706sq m) was too great an opportunity to pass up.
“We always envisioned building our dream home,” Ms Hartman said.
“There’s heritage overlay in the area but the original home wasn’t of significance, and we weren’t looking to renovate a period property.
“What we really wanted to achieve was a family home that could see our two, then young boys, to the point where they were teenagers.
“It was about us growing into the home which was — until recently — a Lego minefield.”
They worked closely with architectural designer Jeremy Coggin and a City of Darebin heritage consultant.
Ms Hartman said the longest and most arduous part of the process was getting it through the council.
“The heritage consultant was instrumental in determining facets of the facade in particular,” she said.
“Therefore we had to let go of a degree of control so the process would flow more smoothly.
“The council process took about a year and a half, and we moved in within a year of … the build itself.
“Getting it off the ground was the hardest part.”
On the lower ground floor is the enormous garage, games room with a bar and the home gym.
Upstairs is the home office, a laundry with drying and mud rooms, a private theatre and a separate living room which moves to the enormous, open-plan living domain and state-of-the-art kitchen.
The dining room opens to the covered alfresco deck and manicured garden with a glistening pool and floodlit basketball key.
On the top floor are three porcelain-tiled bathrooms and four bedrooms including the main with a dressing room, ensuite and sitting area.
Other highlights include split-system airconditioning, hydronic slab heating, CCTV, video intercom, alarm system, ducted vacuum, solar panels, three powder rooms, automated driveway gates, a roller-door and plenty of storage space.
Ms Hartman said they had quite brutalist tastes, worked really hard to incorporate the warehouse aesthetic and combined all the things they wanted in a way that was acceptable to council.
“One of my favourite features is the kitchen with the magnificent and luxurious bench at the heart of the home,” Ms Hartman said.
“No matter what goes on, everybody hovers around it.
“And, because of the huge windows and northeast orientation, the sun that comes through is amazing.
“Although every space is generous and big, the home feels quite zoned and intimate.”
Jellis Craig Brunswick agent Sam Rigopolous said the property was one of the most comprehensive, exciting and engaging family homes he had ever seen.
“Creating an oasis of family living was at the front of their minds,” Mr Rigopolous said.
“I love the height and volume of the back living space, and it is surrounded by glass that engages with the outdoors.
“You really need to be in the know to curate a home like that.”
Ms Hartman said the reason why they were selling was simple, but tough to answer.
“It’s part of the life of a builder, it’s in the DNA,” Ms Hartman said.
“There’s always something inside about how I can improve certain things, and a desire to apply the skills you have learnt.
“So we are ready to build one more time.”
She said they were sad, excited and nervous about leaving.
“We put our heart and soul into this house, and it was a complete representation of us.
“It is not just a development, but our own home.”
Mr Rigopolous said the property would suit anyone looking for a long-term family home where the kids could grow.
“There are lots of people considering renovations who realise it’s way more expensive than they anticipated,” he said.
“Before you know it, you are spending 50-100 per cent more than intended.
“That sort of buyer will look at 18 Henry St, and see the appeal of moving in after 60 days, not 12 months.”
The home last sold for $1.4 million in August 2013, according to CoreLogic.
The biggest recorded Northcote house sale was at 167 Clarke St which sold for $4.3 million.
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