Renovation elevates beach pad by architect Kevin Borland

A top-tier renovation has taken a Mount Eliza pad created in the ’70s by a pioneering post-war architect to another level.

The late Kevin Borland — whose notable works include famous Melbourne pool complexes, Glen Iris’s Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre and the Olympic Swimming Stadium — designed the seaside house in 1978.

The owners of the past six years then carried out a “very special” reno, according to Kay & Burton Flinders agent Ruth Williams, before listing the 27 Glen Shian Crescent property with a $4.5-$4.95m price guide.

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Ms Williams said the vendors notably imported “a whole lot of handmade tiles from Fez in Morocco” and added striking charred timber to the facade.

“They also put in the most fabulous downstairs cellar — the man cave as (the vendor) calls it,” she said.

“Their finishes and fixtures are unique and special. And they’ve stayed very true to (Borland’s) original concept.”

The architect’s style is showcased in the home’s sharp angles, high ceilings, exposed beams and open spaces.

It captures plenty of natural light and offers living spaces on two levels, both of which open out to accompanying outdoor areas.

The four bedrooms — one of which could double as a study — are spread across all four floors, with the main occupying the entire top level alongside an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.

There are formal and informal dining rooms, and a standout kitchen with an oversized pyrolytic self-cleaning oven, Neolith heat-resistant benchtops, a large butler’s pantry and an American oak breakfast bar with cafe windows that open out to a deck.

The substantial 2615sq m block also features a solar-heated pool, a self-contained pool house and a viewing deck with “postcard” sea and city views where one of the vendors had loved to do yoga.

The home was also “literally 90 steps to the beach”, Ms Williams said, noting “you can hear the kids playing” on the sand.

It is being sold privately.

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