Judy and Ian have lived nestled in amongst the national park for the past nine years in this art deco delight, located in the gorge of Beechworth.
“It’s so quiet and peaceful here, but what really attracted us to the property back then was just how close it was to town. It’s deceiving, and we feel very lucky to have that peaceful property so close to town,” Judy | Home Owner.
The home was built in the 1940’s by a german architect Arthur Frounfelter however, there is a smaller stone dwelling on the property that dates back to 1890 which Judy assumes was the original home. Situated on 5 acres, the home is off grid completely with solar electricity, tank water and a wind turbine.
During their nine years in this home, Judy and Ian have made some adjustments to the home such as removing the internal doors and making the kitchen more open plan by creating a larger walk-through.
“We know we are never going to get built up here, as this allotment was a private allotment back in the 1890’s when the original stone cottage was built,” Judy tells me. The 360 degree views out of each window of the spectacular natural bush are certainly something to envy about this house and the location.
Judy and Ian have kept the integrity of this two bedroom art deco home intact and even celebrated. With the minor adjustments they have made, it is still quintessentially an art deco delight. The kitchen is a quirky mix of country cottage and provincial flair.
“I love that Tuscan and Moroccan feel. So if I were to change things in the house, I tend to go for that style.” Judy | Owner
Copper pots hang from the ornate kitchen stove and the old timber workbench and butchers block certainly add to that country charm. The interiors Judy has created are a wonderful eclectic mix of antique furniture paired excellently with salvaged and reclaimed pieces.
“I love seeing a piece of furniture that has seen better days that could be turned into something amazing,” Judy | Owner
The master bedroom is a testament to Judy’s flair for creativity with her vintage trunk propped on boxes to create a unique bedhead pushed up against wrought iron work.
Judy has a love of collecting memorable trinkets and creating vignettes around her home with bundles of stacked books, or footstools arranged in a group around indoor plants. Her love of unique artwork is a feast for your eyes and a piece by local artist Therese Shanley will soon be joined by another of this artist work as Judy is very fond of her work and recently purchased another of her paintings.
The outside terrace area is reminiscent of a Tuscan villa with sweeping views of the gorge valley and creek from the front of the home. Little corners in the garden are utilised as potting stations, a quiet area to sit or to soak in that amazing view.
Thank you to Judy and Ian for welcoming Brenda and House of Home into their home.
The art deco home is actually for sale with Devlin’s Real Estate in Beechworth.
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