A Gorgeous Geelong Home With A Seriously Thriving Garden Is For Sale

It’s been 13 years since Ben Shaw and his wife Kerryn made the move from Melbourne to this 1920’s home in Geelong’s Manifold Heights. Ben completed his permaculture certificate shortly after, and has gone on to create one of the city’s most productive suburban gardens!

In the backyard you’ll find a diverse array of seasonal plants, including edibles and mature fruit trees. ‘The garden is really hitting its prime with established fruit trees and incredible soil that makes veggie gardening so much easier!’ says Ben. ‘The new owners won’t have to do any back breaking work – just plant seedlings and watch them grow.’ There’s also a chicken coop, water tanks and composting systems to support the most self-sufficient lifestyle possible. (You can read all about Ben’s garden in our feature on it late last year!) 

The house itself is double brick, and was built by the original owners who

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A Gloriously Verdant Inner-City Extension

The Garden House by BKK Architects was designed to give two self-declared introverts a space to retreat alone with their collection of books, surrounded by nature.

Charged with the task of upgrading an existing Edwardian cottage and adding a modern extension, BKK set out to replace the ramshackle ’90s add-on with a Japanese inspired addition, alongside a luscious sprawling garden designed by Mud Office. In the process, the original cottage rooms were upgraded with insulation and double-glazing to ensure higher thermal performance consistent with the rest of the new build.

‘We began to see the house as two parts,’ explains principal architect, Simon Knott. ‘The original house was softer and more decorative, with the period detailing of fireplaces and plaster cornices accentuated.’ He adds that the contemporary addition is more raw and elemental, devised to be constantly engaging with the wild landscaped garden through its timber palette and extensive

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