Great Ocean Road beach house renovation adds $2m in value

Sea views take center stage at 725 Great Ocean Road, Eastern View, which is on the market for $3.4m-$3.7m.

A slick renovation has added close to $2m in value to a beachfront Great Ocean Road home that’s among the closest to the high water mark.

The tri-level house overlooking the surf in Eastern View has been transformed since it last sold two years ago for $1.6m.

Builder GD Construction and Surf Coast interior design studio hygge:liv worked together to reinvigorate the original home, known as Bills O Jacks.

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The new contemporary exterior. Picture: Nicole Ramsay

The main open-plan living area. Picture: Nicole Ramsay

Removing an existing mezzanine floor revealed dramatic full height windows that frame sensational sea views stretching from Lorne to the Aireys Inlet lighthouse.

Great Ocean Road Properties, Aireys Inlet agent Marty Maher has listed the four-bedroom house, at 725 Great Ocean Road, with price hopes of $3.4m-$3.7m.

Mr Maher said the location of the 1771sq m property was world class and the steep site meant every room had a view.

What a backdrop for entertaining.

“It’s probably one of the closest to the actual high water mark anywhere along the Great Ocean Road,” he said.

“It was well worth doing the renovation but it took some vision to work with the bones.

“They have done a great job with it and finished it beautifully.”

The open-plan living area on the central level is a highlight of the renovation with raked ceilings, a Cheminees Philippe wood fire and bi-fold doors onto a large deck.

The upper level is home to a self-contained main bedroom suite, with a kitchenette and private deck, while there are two further bedrooms on the lowest floor.

The house before the renovation in 2018.

The mezzanine has been removed.

Mr Maher said a separate self-contained apartment at street level was ideal for an extended family or an Airbnb rental.

He said the addition of the inclinator lift was a bonus as it provided easy access to the main level.

hygee:liv creative Erin Hughes said the brief was to create a contemporary but warm and cozy space that didn’t compete with the natural environment.

Erin Hughes and Catherine Stocks, of Surf Coast interiors business hygge:liv, brought the interiors to life. Picture: Nicole Ramsay

She said a minimal palette was chosen to show off the coastal landscape, which was inspired by the selection of sustainable natural materials.

“The view is so important you didn’t want to take it away from that because in that living space the windows make it so surreal,” Ms Hughes said.

“We chose pieces to complement it, like rattan and natural colors. It’s very timeless and minimalist.”