Evolving Port

Port Melbourne continues to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

286 Rouse St, Port Melbourne

May 2017
On 27 April, a new builder was appointed to complete the development after a long hiatus. Excavation by the previous builders apparently damaged neighbouring houses and building work halted. 

12 January 2016
It doesn't take long. Graffiti despoils Sable Bleu. The information booth has disappeared - perhaps it was not approved?


27 November 2015
By the end of the week, the display suite for Sable Bleu is in place. There are 14 apartments in this 4 level development, advertised as residences.
Architects: Selwyn Blackstone


24 November 2015
Trees gone. Site almost clear.

14 November 2015
The houses on the corner of Rouse and Princes St are being demolished.





The All England Eleven Hotel was formerly on this site. Refer to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society website for more information. 

During the sale period, people expressed their views about the development potential of the site.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

51 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

2015


2013

2012
Most building sites resumed work on 16 January 2012 but not 51 Esplanade West. No explanation is offered to us interested passers by. We guess instead - is the project in trouble? the builders having an especially long holiday? The site is now neither the old nor the new, but the unsatisfactory in between. 
The eucalyptus caesia suffers the ignominy of being treated as a tip rather than the silver princess she really is.

2011
Work has resumed at 51 Esplanade West after an interval so long that people were beginning to wonder whether the project was proceeding.

Delay
Demolition
The house at 51 Esplanade West was demolished in December 2010.


The planning process
The application for 4 three storey dwellings with 8 on site carparking spaces was approved by Council in April 2008. Council approval was appealed to VCAT, which approved the application in August 2008.
To view the planning permit history for this site, go to the City of Port Phillip's eService page. Go to planning and search by the address.

Heritage report
The heritage report that supported the demolition of 51 Esplanade West described the house
'Constructed during the interwar era, the single-storey interwar building has stuccoed masonry walls and a hipped roof clad in tiles. From the major hip protrudes two minor gables. One is these gables roofs the entrance porch, which features tapestry brick dressings and a dropped arch supported on ionic columns. Windows are generally timber framed. A low masonry fence with wrought iron panels and a tapestry brick capping borders the front and side of the property, while vehicle access to the site is from Rouse St.The c1894 MMBW plan of the street shows that the site was developed later than its Victorian neighbours.' Bryce Raworth Report to Council November 2007
Raworth argues in support of the demolition that
'It stands as a relatively isolated example of interwar building stock. The MMBW plan of 1894 shows that while the remainder of Esplanade West was developed by this time, the subject site remained vacant with the exception of what appears to be stables at the rear of the site. Nor is the building in itself of sufficient significance to warrant an individual heritage overlay. Despite being a fairly typical example of an interwar villa, it is by no means exceptional.'
House and garden 
Ron with Esplanade West neighbour, Keith Thomas c1989
Ron loved his garden, caring for it meticulously - especially his roses which lined the path to the front door. He then turned his attention to planting the naturestrip.
The house also had a garage accessed from Rouse St. Ron was a sun baker and loved to catch the afternoon sun in the backyard.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

147-149 Pickles St, Port Melbourne

21 November 2015
Unexpectedly the property was not demolished but refurbished. 

The property on the corner of Pickles and Bridge St was sold by George Page for $1,605,000 on 21 May 2014.

Pickles St
The naming of Pickles St is perhaps a little bit more interesting than you might think as the Port Melbourne Historical Society explains.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Woodruff Terrace, Port Melbourne

Woodruff Terrace
A coat of paint refreshed Woodruff Terrace, built in the eighties on the site of the former Woodruff Dairy.
10 March 2013

550 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

14 November 2015
Not much to love about this building.


Application 100/2015 for a six level building with basement comprising 33 dwellings was lodged with Port Phillip Council on 9 February 2015. The application was refused by Council and appealed to VCAT.

For images of the project, visit Urban Melbourne

538 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

14 November 2015
Planning application 667/2015 was lodged with the City of Port Phillip for a 4 storey building (with basement) including 11 apartments and 17 x 3 storey townhouses on 29 June 2015. The site is immediately opposite North Port Oval.



See Urban Melbourne for a summary of the project.

11 March 2015 

Selling Property in Port

Icecream!


Clare Castle, Port Melbourne

14 November 2015
For sale by CBRE

156-162 Thistlethwaite St, Montague

9 November 2015
'First time offered in 50 years.'



'A Classic of its Era'

14 November 2015
Greg Hocking is the agent of the property to be sold by auction on 28 November. It has been in the same hands since it was built around 1972.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

12 Spring St East, Port Melbourne

September 2017

The permit applicant has appealed the Council's decision to VCAT.

August 2017

At its meeting of 2 August 2017, the City of Port Phillip approved a modified proposal for the construction of two double storey dwellings. 
The following specific conditions were included:
a) Deletion of the second floor of dwelling one. 
b) The first floor windows on the eastern elevation to be obscured glass and fixed shut to a height of 1.7m above finished floor level. 
c) The finished floor level of the garage to be at least 1.962 AHD. 
d) The maximum height of the dwellings to be 7.88m above natural ground level.  

View the Council report of 2 August here.

21 April 2016

The house was sold for $1.96m by Frank Gordon estate agents. @FrankGordonCo notes the rarity of sites not covered by a heritage overlay. 

28 January 2016
As it is.





7 November 2015

The Planning Permit Phase 

City of Port Phillip planning permit application 1036/2015 advises of the proposed demolition of this house and its replacement with two, two storey dwellings.











Monday, November 2, 2015

167 Ross St, Port Melbourne

2 November 2015

This house at 167 Ross St, Port Melbourne was sold by Hocking Stuart for $1,101,000 on 10 October - the price reflecting the property's two street frontages and large, long block.



173 Station St, Port Melbourne

21 June 2016
Refreshed, renewed.
with some slightly discordant elements.

2 November 2015
The house at 173 Station St, Port Melbourne was sold on 17 October by Frank Gordon for $859,000.

photo Frank Gordon

Monday, September 28, 2015

In one family for 100 years

28 September 2015
The property at 355 Princes St, Port Melbourne sold for  $1,170,000 on 19 September 2015. 'Held within one family for 100 years', notes agent Marshall White.

Expect substantial change on this corner.


355 Princes St, Port Melbourne

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

June 2017
Planning application 164/2017 is being advertised for six three storey townhouses with rooftop terraces.

November 2016
The site is still for sale.

July 2016

The property is for sale again by Greg Hocking, Holdsworth. Now just a development site: 'the site, the sounds, the scope'. The property 'damaged and dilapidated.'





September 2015

81 Bridge St sold for $3,700.000. Agents Hocking Stuart described the property as offering 'an increasingly rare "blank canvas" opportunity to renovate/build a district showpiece (STCA), or explore the enormous multi-townhouse development potential (STCA).'

From spectacular to dilapidated

Following a fire in 2014, this unusual house has collapsed into a sorry crumble of bricks and roof.
This corner block has become pure potential. The lush green billboard promises a good yield.



June 2015
Shortly after the fire in November 2014
24 11 2014
Here is the house looking proud on a beautiful day in March 2009,
Addressing the corner
Image David Thompson 
David Thompson explains how this unusual house - for Port - came to be built.

Monday, April 13, 2015

53-63 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

May 2017
Wallpaper is revealed as the rear of the building is removed.



29 January 2017
Revealing the roof
53-63 Bridge St - January 2017

10 April 2016
The planning permit phase 
53-63 Bridge St - April 2016
Planning Application No 179/2016 has been lodged for partial demolition and construction of alterations and additions of ground and first floor additions to the rear of the existing four single storey dwellings 
Source: City of Port Phillip planning permit register

11 May 2015
The houses sold on 9 May for $3,690,000
9 April 2015
These three houses had not been offered for sale since 1959.

The houses were sold to Robert and Ella Atkinson by James George McCormack and William Thomas McCormack - associated with the nearby Cricketers Arms Hotel.

On 25 August 1967, the Housing Commission wrote to Mr Atkinson advising that under Section 56 of the Housing Act, the premises at 53, 55, 57, 59 and 63 Bridge St 'did not comply in certain respects to the Housing (Standards of Habitation) Regulations.'

He was instructed to bring the housing up to the Housing Commission's acceptable standards.

By 1971 Mr Atkison  had made sufficient improvements for the Housing Commission to write again saying that ‘in view of the overall improvement in these properties, commission interest could now cease.'

Source: PROV VPRS 1824/P/0000 - 000042

Thursday, April 2, 2015

143 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne

10 January 2016


9 April 2014


Sold on 13 Aug 2012 for $1,185,000. Former home of Isobel Webster and family.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

71 Evans St, Port Melbourne

23 March 2015
71 Evans St (cnr Farrell St) was sold on Saturday 21 March for $1,566,000 

23 03 2015

199 Albert St, Port Melbourne

24 March 2015

The property at 199 Albert St, Port Melbourne sold for $895000.00 on 28 February 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

118-124 Ross St, Port Melbourne

August 2017

Taking it to another level.
Note the double storey house to the left. Three storey houses are the new two storey house in Port Melbourne.


16 June 2015

The planning phase



Planning application 163/2015 was lodged with the City of Port Phillip on the 5 March for the construction of two, three storey dwellings.


December 2014

Sold

12 2014
Sold on 1 11 2014 for $1.18m
The adjacent vacant block sold for $1.2m
Domain Melbourne auction market records strong results despite Derby Day distractions

163 Liardet St, Port Melbourne

13 March 2015
The former family home of Mac Hatfield, gentle woman, participant at the nearby Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House. 
She told me that she and her husband built this house in place of the older house on the site to meet the needs of their growing family.
17 11 2014
Sold on 6 12 2014 for $1,180,000

Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

13 March 2015

Peter Stryakis at the front gate, shortly before the demolition of his house to make way for a new one.
28 10 2014