A pocket by the bay that preserves its modernist heritage

The last time this column was logged into Beaumaris, he boldly asserted that the headlines aren’t really something from the 3193 zip code.

What a difference four years ago.

Real estate discontent is shedding light on this tiny bay-side enclave thanks to the long-running saga of former basketball star Andrew Bogut, his plans for $8 million plus a “forever home” and opposition from the local council and residents.

Beaumaris is located 20 kilometers southeast of Melbourne CBD. Photo: Greg Briggs

The story began in 2015 when Bogot bought the adjacent beach blocks with plans to build a four-bedroom mansion with a pool, gym, sauna, massage room, rooftop terrace and half-size basketball court on an area of ​​approximately 2,400 square metres.

Due to opposition from local groups and Bayside Council, Kipoor abandoned his plans and sold the property late last year for a suburban record — believed to be in the $11 million to $12 million range.

Heritage is a lightning rod for grievances in this leafy, hilly suburb with little land jutting between Black Rock and Menton 20 kilometers southeast of the city.

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Beaumaris first scout boat shed with views of Beaumaris Bay. Photo: Greg Briggs

In the post-war housing boom, it became a melting pot of modern architecture, with names like Robin Boyd and Roy Grounds making their mark here.

Much of their work has been demolished in past decades, but a growing appreciation for modernity – and a desire to protect it – has created deep divisions between heritage preservationists and homeowners worried that heritage overlays will reduce the property’s value.

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Residents are divided over the value of the suburb’s heritage homes. Photo: Greg Briggs

Late last year, a heritage plan to officially recognize and protect nearly 100 Bayside homes, many in Beaumaris, left some residents in a state of provocation.

Not sure which side of the argument to take?

A walking tour (openjournal.com.au/beaumaris-modern-a-walking-tour) around some of the best examples of light-filled and upbeat home style may help you decide.

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84 Scott Street, Beaumaris VIC 3193

84 Scott Street, Beaumaris VIC 3193

Mid-century roots and clever modern updates make this resort-style family home a winner from Beaumaris. The house’s curved facade speaks of the past while its stunning modern kitchen overlooking a gorgeous pool surrounded by a paved recreation area is purely 2022.

71 Fourth Street, Beaumaris VIC 3193

71 Fourth Street, Beaumaris VIC 3193

Opposite MacDonald Park and to the beach a short walk down the street, this modern architectural statement embraces a peaceful garden view from every side. Multiple living areas include a great teen hideaway upstairs and study, while the casual living room has a hidden stocked bar.

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