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FEATURE LISTING: Ultra-modern bungalow transformation

Hitting the market with a price tag of $2.9 million to $3.2 million, this 1920s bungalow at Hawthorn has been completely transformed, with a sleek, ultra-modern interior, luxury living spaces and a swimming pool.

Nathan Petersen-Gray had been looking for a north-facing house in the Hawthorn area for two years when he stumbled upon this 1920s bungalow.

He knew instantly it was exactly what he’d been looking for.

“This one came up for sale and I don’t think anyone else even got through,” says Nathan.

“I think it came up, was listed for an hour and I rang the agent and said, ‘I’m coming down to look at it’. We bought it on the spot.”

The house ticked all the boxes for Nathan, a builder by trade, being a “character bungalow in a beautiful, tree-lined street” that was “super, super close walking distance to just about all facilities”.

“It was a really well-built bungalow – it had no damage to it whatsoever,” Nathan tells SALIFE.

“For a 1920s bungalow, it has some really beautiful old-style framework in the main entry hallway – that’s what I was really attracted to.”

But it was out with the old and in with the new, as Nathan has completely renovated the house with a sleek, modern interior.

“I kept it all in that traditional look at the front and then we went modern at the back,” says Nathan.

This involved replacing the ceiling like-for-like, sourcing heritage doors and timber work and rebuilding the front verandah.

Spread across a single-storey, 11 Durdin Road, Hawthorn has four bedrooms, including the master suite with its spacious walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

The front entry hall with an adjoining lounge room leads through to the ultra-modern extension with its open-plan kitchen, dining and living area.

The house also has a studio and lounge, a theatre and games room, and a butler’s kitchen, while the fourth bedroom has the potential to be converted into a study.

The addition was conceived by architect David Frazer Design and built by Nathan’s company, Hills and City Construction.

The renovation also features marble benchtops in the kitchen, butler’s pantry and bathroom.

Stepping out onto the outdoor entertaining deck gives views across the landscaped gardens, including a fully integrated water system and the heated pool and spa.

Nathan says that the priorities of the renovation were “to open up to the north face and to make a flexible floor plan where adults can retreat away from the kids”.

He adds that his favourite part of the home is: “sitting in the main living room, where you can see all the borrowed landscape and beautiful, big gum trees while looking over the pool and spa”.

“It’s a really nice, peaceful view where you get the kookaburras and even koalas just about every morning,” he says.

But after four years, Nathan is looking to pass on the keys, adding he will miss the home’s location.

The sale of 11 Durdin Road, Hawthorn is being handled by James Robertson and Alistair Loudon from Ouwens Casserly, with an asking price of $2.9 million to $3.2 million.