The Glowing Converted Warehouse of Painter Fred Cress Is Open For Bids
The painter's son, Julian Cress—executive director of the popular, Australian home renovation show The Block—has put the beloved home on the market, as he spends most of his time living and filming in Melbourne.
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Julian inherited the home after the Archibald Prize-winning artist passed away in 2009; Fred had used the space as a home and studio for over 20 years.
Though it was with a heavy heart that Julian made the decision to sell the property, his hope is that "somebody really special will buy it."
In 2015, Julian worked with his friend and architect Julian Brenchley to revamp the property to such a high standard that it won the Master Builders Association of New South Wales’ Excellence in Housing Award that year.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house boasts close to 4,984 square feet of cavernous space, 450 square feet of outdoor area, and a four-car garage.
Originally a bus depot and mechanics workshop, the converted live/work warehouse has been transformed into an airy, upscale residence that’s ripe for entertaining.
Deferring to the building’s industrial past, the renovation marries pre-war industrial elements with warm, contemporary finishes.
The building’s original exposed brick and steel trusses are beautifully complemented by polished concrete on the ground level, and herringbone pattern timber floors on the upper level.
Ten skylights, a courtyard, and a rooftop terrace combine with Crittall doors and clerestory windows to flood the interiors with light, imbuing the high-ceilinged interiors with a cathedral-like grandeur.