Albert Park’s Acute House to have edge on rental market

Albert Park’s Acute House to have edge on rental market

Melbourne’s edgiest home has hit the rental market.

Albert Park’s wedge-shaped Acute House is up for grabs fully furnished for $1000 per week, and has already attracted interest from well-heeled locals and “creatives”.

The eye-catching three-storey pad at 26 Withers St won a host of awards after being created by OOF! Architecture’s Fooi-Ling Khoo and its owners, interior designer Jess Payne and her builder partner Mick Briese.

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Ms Payne and Mr Briese have lived there over the past few years, but are now kicking off a bigger project to house their growing family.

The Acute House was developed from a dilapidated Victorian weatherboard with “a broken down fence and outdoor toilet”, Ms Payne said.

The owners basically rebuilt the cottage — a “painstaking process” — and added an aluminium steel structure on top.

They stretched the home to the very edges of the restrictive triangular corner block to maximise its internal space.

“We wanted to create a clear distinction between the old and new,” Ms Payne said.

“And making a small space feel big was a large part of it.

“We loved it as a family home. It has all these crazy shapes and triangles, but we found it serene, cosy and comfortable.”

The quirky house garnered attention shortly after being completed about 2016, claiming accolades including a Premier’s Design Award, a City of Port Phillip Design + Development Award, and an ArchiTeam Award. It was also part of the Open House Melbourne scheme.

Ms Payne said she and her family “literally moved in and had an influx of interest”.

McGrath St Kilda listing agent Joanne Pearson said “pretty much everyone in Albert Park” knew the “unique” house.

Ms Pearson expected its out-there design, quality build and the fact it was being offered furnished — with several of the furnishings built in — to attract prospective tenants.

The floorplan features an open-plan living and dining area with built-in seating, a kingsize main bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and ensuite, two further bedrooms with polished concrete floors, and a covered triangular balcony.

“There’s a distinct shortage of high quality furnished properties available for long-term lease,” Ms Pearson said.

“We’ve already had some good inquiry.”

That had come from people already renting furnished homes in the area, and also a production company, she said: “Because it’s a creative house, it’s going to appeal to someone who’s creative.”

The property is available from February 28, with a minimum 12-month lease being sought.

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