MODERN masterpieces that redefine luxury living dominate the Geelong Advertiser’s best properties for 2018.
The region is home to some spectacular houses that have been custom designed for owners looking to leave a mark on our urban landscape.
The cream of the crop have been selected throughout the year as gt magazine’s weekly House of the Week.
For lovers of period character, it’s hard to go past a standout Newtown renovation project that’s featured in Home Beautiful magazine.
But four of our five top picks this year are contemporary builds or redesigns.
116-118 RIVERGUM DRIVE, HIGHTON
Not content with a standard lawn for the kids to run around, the owners of this Highton property created the ultimate family playground.
The tri-level house, with a whopping 724sq m of floor space, is stacked with amusements from a games room, underground home theatre, infinity pool, in-ground trampoline and synthetic turf balls sport area.
Owners Ivan and Maree Volarevic, part of the family behind Geelong-based home tiles empire Volare Concepts, built the five-bedroom pad to host their extended family.
McGrath, Geelong agent Ross Bywater listed the $2 million-plus property for sale in May and found a buyer just before Christmas.
188 NOBLE ST, NEWTOWN
Beautiful period homes are beloved for their character but often fall short when it comes to modern practicalities.
The owners of 188 Noble St, Newtown overcame this by embarking of major renovation of their Victorian-era house.
Working with high-end builder David McDonald they extended the original footprint to create a five-bedroom house that could comfortably accommodate their large brood.
Period details now blend seamlessly with a list of new features that includes an open-plan living area with polished mountain ash floors, marble bench tops, Miele appliances and a swimming pool surrounded by formal landscape architect designed gardens.
Newtown agent Dale Whitford has listed the property with a price guide of $4 million to $4.2 million.
66 NORTH VALLEY RD, HIGHTON
It was love at first sight when Paul and Linda Morgan first laid eyes on this sprawling 5700sq m property in Highton.
The reaction was much the same when the couple’s 2001 rebuild on the site first came across the desk of the Geelong Advertiser’s real estate team.
Architect Wim van den Herik incorporated parts of the property’s original 1960s house, built for prominent Geelong barrister Roy Birdsey, into the new two-storey design.
The results are both breathtaking and unexpected.
A 25m lap pool, Japanese tatami room and a separate private recording studio are among the features of the six-bedroom retreat.
It’s selling through Geelong agent James Wilson with price hopes of $3.75 million.
23B ELIZABETH ST, GEELONG WEST
Geelong West residents watched the transformation of the former Pix Cinema with interest as it was converted into two luxury townhouses.
They got their first peek inside one when 23B Elizabeth St was listed for sale back in September.
The original roof trusses and walls were woven into the contemporary warehouse conversion that showcases an industrial aesthetic and a quality fit-out.
Unusually for Geelong West, the lower level is devoted to a four-car garage.
Hodges, Geelong West has prices hopes of $1.75 million for the property.
2 HERITAGE DRIVE, HAMLYN HEIGHTS
With uninterrupted views over Geelong this palatial house in Hamlyn Heights is one out of the box.
Extravagant touches are found throughout the huge two-storey home — a hand-blown glass chandelier from Spain is just one example.
Buxton, Highton agent Mergim Ibrahimi said the four-bedroom house, with multiple indoor-outdoor rooms and swimming pool, showcased the finest finishes.
“It demonstrates the pinnacle of resort style lifestyle and low maintenance living,” Mr Ibrahimi said.
The house was listed for sale in May and is now on the market for $1.95 million to $2.145 million.