45 Dickasons Road, HEATHMONT VIC 3135
Take an enviable location, a commanding street presence, 755m2 and an architecural beauty of historical note and you have the ideal home; flexible, private, generous. The grand entrance reveals a deco railway front door and curved spiral staircase hinting at the home’s historical roots. Natural sunlight spills onto timber and exposed brick walls through floor-to-ceiling windows, enlivening the 3 living areas around a delightful outdoor entertaing area with servery. Three bedrooms; master with voluminous walk-in robe and separate entry adding flexibility. Practicalities are covered by the large laundry adjoining a secluded outdoor area. Entertaining will be a breeze inside with bright open kitchen and outside with zoned landscaping, including sitting areas, masonry barbecue and spa all enclosed by delightful gardens providing privacy and beauty. Downstairs boasts a 3 car garage/workshop with ample storage spaces including wine cellar with sink. Originally designed for the Deputy Commissioner of Railways, in a quiet pocket, be quick this location will amaze!!!!!
A LITTLE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY:Designed by Ian J. Smith for Lindsay McCallum circa 1974.
The arrangement clusters the bedrooms at the front clearly separated from the large open living areas which open onto the paved outdoor area to the north.
It’s realised in brick veneer, with a simple gable ended roof that is cleanly folded at the centre of the house and extended to create a veranda leading to the entry. The raked ceilings follow this fold and are supported by expressed beams that extend externally. Adjacent the entry a circular stair allows direct access to the garage beneath the house, facilitated by the slope of the land.
An interesting feature is the Art Deco’ front railway front door.
The house appears to have been extended at a later date to create a family room.
Ian J. Smith was a largely domestic architect producing modernist houses throughout Melbourne. He entered many of the Small Homes Service competitions, often placing and sometimes winning, as he did in 1966. He also came runner up in the Royal Adelaide House Competition of 1963.
He produced two fine designs for Inge Bros Pty Ltd a major project builder of large homes, they were the Pergola – Split Level’ and the Oregon – Split Level’, two modernist designs that addressed various sloping site conditions.
It’s understood he is still active in architecture.!!!!!!