“It has an exquisite, Titanic-like deck, which plunges out. And when you stand on it, you feel like you’re suspended out over the rocks – with the crashing ocean directly below.”
This retreat’s as heavenly as it sounds, particularly in (another) year plagued by travel restrictions.
The view is one you may have caught a glimpse of before, perhaps from the driver’s seat of your car. But we’re speaking specifically of the outlook from a bedroom in Trade Winds, an incredibly sleek, mid-century cliffside home on the Great Ocean Road in north Lorne.
Josh Crosbie, director of Lorne’s Josh Crosbie Architects, owns the house and usually lives there with his girlfriend and two sons. But now, at certain times of the year, you can (temporarily) make the luxurious five-bedroom, 10-person home your own.
After eyeing off the property for years, Crosbie says he jumped at the opportunity to buy it last year. It’s the first time it’s changed hands since it was built in 1965.
And it’s a modernist show-stopper, with two main wings featuring note-perfect ’60s design details. The front wing has two bedrooms, a large open-plan kitchen and living area, and bathrooms (which have seen minor renovations over the years). Crosbie was able to purchase much of the original furniture, too – including pieces from Gerald Easdon, Ladderax, TH Brown and Andersen.
“I was so thrilled to see the house was in Mickey Mouse original condition and just hadn’t been bastardised at all,” he says. “It was super clean and neat and lovely, with the original plush white carpet. Pretty decadent really, in that old-charm kind of way.”
To preserve its architectural integrity, Crosbie considered some of the features “sacred” – aka no-go zones when it came to home improvement. Those included the main southern facade, the strong roofline and the mullion window frames, which align perfectly with the rafters. The original kitchen and hardwood joinery throughout the house remain, as well as a teak accordion door, which has been gently restored to make it last. The master bedroom now has floor-length windows that capture the view to the east.
The secondary wing houses an office and two other bedrooms, including the “honeymoon suite”, leading to the aforementioned deck. (There’s a free-standing, black outdoor bath by the edge, too.) Crosbie added a studio – with a terrazzo-tiled bathroom, a kitchenette and a storage area – beneath the house.
Outside, there’s a sandstone-tiled pool that’s perfect for long, lazy summer days. And you’ll also find an in-ground trampoline (surrounded by grass) and a firepit.
It’s truly tantalising to imagine whiling time away here over summer – skipping between dips in the pool, soaking in the private bath and dancing to disco in the living room as the sun sets, placing yourself smack bang in a ’60s state of mind.
“It’s a pretty rare opportunity to stay here,” Crosbie says. “I don’t think there are many other mid-century masterpieces right on the water still in their original condition. At least not in Victoria.”
Bookings are open from mid-December 2021 to mid-February 2022 for $3500 per night. Enquiries are welcome throughout the year for minimum two-week stays.
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