One of Alistair Knox’s earliest creations in the Hillcrest Estate has hit the market in Donvale.
ONE of renowned craftsman builder Alistair Knox’s earliest creations has hit the market in Donvale. The three bedroom house at 95 Lisbeth Ave sits in the Hillcrest estate, a lemon orchard that was subdivided by the company Knox was principal designer for in the late 1950s.
The renowned designer, environmentalist, builder and landscape architect was said to have designed and built 46 homes in the area.
The properties are modest by today’s standards but were cutting edge suburban developments at the time.
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The three-bedroom home at 95 Lisbeth Ave features some of the craftsman builder’s classic design elements including north-facing living areas with large windows.
The vendors are collectors of Knox properties.
The vendors, a couple who did not want to be named, said they were collectors of Alistair Knox homes and had used their Lisbeth Ave house as an investment.
“Every time an Alistair Knox came up we would try and buy it,” one said.
“They feel spacious even though they are only small homes and they look bigger because of the open-plan concept, vaulted ceilings and the windows — that extra bit of glass that makes it that bit special.”
Knox dubbed the homes “paddock architecture”.
When built, homes in the estate were priced from £4570 ($8282); now 95 Lisbeth Ave has a $950,000-$1.02 million price tag.
The property has been updated but still features Knox’s signature north-facing living area with floor-to-ceiling windows that worked in harmony with the environment and which he called “paddock architecture”.
“Alistair Knox was living in Eltham at the time and Lisbeth Ave was similar to the treed environment of Eltham, that was what attracted him to come in and build among the trees,” the vendor said.
“He was very advanced for what was being built at the time but it has been a timeless design, they were very liveable and open-plan which was probably a new thing in the late ‘50s.”
The property has been used as an investment.
It features some modern luxuries, including a home cinema.
The vendor said the property would suit downsizers or professional couples looking for simple living.
“It’s a really lovely area to be in, you feel like you’re away from it all but it’s so close to conveniences,” she said.
“You’re among nature; there have even been sightings of koalas.”
The vendors said they planned to list a few of their other Alistair Knox creations soon.
The Donvale home is listed for private sale with Biggin & Scott Mitcham.
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