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A Calming Beachside Home Along The Great Ocean Road Is For Sale

With views of both the ocean and the bush, this Lorne home captures the best of both worlds from its location just off regional Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road.

The steep coastal block was ‘unbuildable’ before owner-builder Jack Everitt (director of Great Ocean Road Builders) and his family purchased the property just a few years ago.

But with the help of Josh Crosbie Architects, they managed to navigate the difficulties of the site to create the serene abode, which is now up for sale!

Christina Karras
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Ocean Winds is the family home of Jack Everitt, director of Great Ocean Road Builders, who also constructed the house.

Josh Crosbie Architects set out to create a site-responsive house that handled the steep block and the extreme bushfire risk.

Blackbutt timber cladding features throughout the interiors.

Various external decks connect with the landscape and provide opportunities for indoor/outdoor living.

Watch the waves roll in from the tree-lined outdoor area.

A Cheminees Philippe fireplace features in the centre of the living spaces.

Jack’s main design request was for the living and kitchen domain to be the real heart of the home, where family and guests could all come together and enjoy their time.

The interiors blend sage green accents, timber details and sleek concrete benches.

The home captures views of the bush and the ocean.

A large feature upper clerestory window facilitates passive solar gain.

One of the four bedrooms.

The outlook from the upper floor.

Terrazzo tiles in the bathroom.

The bedroom looks out to the gum trees in the Great Otway National Park.

The home was designed over four levels.

An outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach.

The property is now on the market.

Jack says the home is especially unique for the area because of its privacy, but it’s just a short walk to town.

Christina Karras
16th of December 2023

Great Ocean Road Builders director Jack Everitt and his family always dreamed of living by the ocean. So when he discovered a rare, vacant block of land for sale in Lorne — just 150 metres from the beach — he jumped at the chance to create a home from scratch.

‘Having grown up in Lorne, which is surrounded by the Otway National Park, there’s limited for land for building purposes, Jack says. ‘We saw the opportunity as the only way we could be able to live so close to the beach.’

The only catch was that the steep and undulating block was covered in dense vegetation and foliage.

‘The block sat on the market for more than four years, deemed unbuildable and the bush fire rating too high,’ Jack adds. ‘With the help of Josh Crosbie Architects, we conducted some due diligence and took on the challenge.’

In addition to using noncombustible black steel sheets on the exterior for bushfire protection, they managed to overcome these restrictions by embracing the natural landscape in the resulting design.

The four-bedroom home now cascades down the sloped block, with four levels supported by bored pier footings that minimise impact to the site foundations. Inside, warm blackbutt timber cladding lines the interiors, as the open-plan living room frames views of the ocean and outwards towards Lorne.

There’s even a fireplace for wintery nights, while the elevated outdoor deck is the place to watch the waves on a sunny day.

But Jack says the best part is how the home captures both views of the ocean, and the leafy gum trees of the surrounding bushland.

It’s been a total dream home for him, wife Amelia and their children, Archer (8) and Autumn (6) to live there for the past three years, and they’ve now listed 4B Tradewinds Avenue for sale in pursuit of their next passion project.

‘We’ll miss coming home to somewhere that feels so private and calm,’ he adds.

4B Tradewinds Avenue, Lorne, VIC is listed for private sale with Michael Coutts and Tyrone Provan from Great Ocean Road Real Estate.

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