Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend continue to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

71 Rouse St, Port Melbourne


January 2017

January 2017
To see MINT as the architects intended, visit Wood Marsh Architecture.

This project consists of 16 apartments spread across four floors. Interest is added to the facade with green-tinted glass and a custom mould for the precast panels.  The light effects from the glass facade were created using EDGE Architectural Glazing. There is no underground basement. Car stackers are used for car parking.

To see the marketing campaign for MINT apartments visit Sense Creative Agency.


The brick warehouse on site is being demolished while Rothelowman's development takes shape next door.

25 March 2015

After Kosdown moved to Rocklea Drive, the warehouse was used for a time by The Block.

2 December 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2019

218 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

January 2020

Blank canvas. Blank slate.

January 2020
13 December 2019

and in the evening

in the morning
12 December 2019

The time has come for 218 Esplanade West and the yellow roses.

preparing for demolition December 2019

the streetscape December 2019

An amendment to the 2018 permit was granted on 9 July 2019.


A planning permit was granted on 29 October 2018 for the demolition of the dwelling and construction of a two storey dwelling.

30 May 2017

When these inter-war houses built on the former Sandridge Lagoon change hands, they generally make way for new development.

This house, with two street frontages and adjacent to Edwards Park, is unlikely to survive.

The house was sold for $2,025,000 in May 2017. (source: realestate.com.au)

218 Esplanade West, 2017

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

21 Alfred St, Port Melbourne

December 2019

Grand Designs re-played their 2014 programme which featured this house. After viewing it, some people wondered how the house is looking today.

from the corner of Alfred and Unions Sts 12 2019

Alfred St west of Union St 12 2019

The Alfred St streetscape on the eastern side of Union St 12 2019
2 November 2015

Something's up with the waterwall house.

29 July 2014

For my thoughts on the H house, visit Port Places.

7 April 2013

20 July 2012

The waterwall house replaced this modest dwelling. 

Union St frontage

A very rich, full life was led at 21 Alfred St. Home to Janne Ray and her family and to Norma Barnett in the last months of her life.

Monday, November 25, 2019

23 Evans St, Port Melbourne

November 2019

23 Evans St, Port Melbourne

"NO HERITAGE OVERLAY" introduced the property which was sold by Marshall White on 15 November, although the listing also included the possibility that it might be renovated.

Friday, November 22, 2019

286 Rouse St, Port Melbourne

November 2019

The development is complete and occupied. The plaque commemorating that this site was the first to be connected to the new Melbourne sewerage system in 1897 has been seamlessly re-instated into the footpath.

to the corner - Princes and Rouse Sts, Port Melbourne

plaque in the Princes St footpath 

11 September 2018

The scaffolding is removed to reveal ...

January 2018

Status report

14 01 2018
May 2017

On 27 April, a new builder was appointed to complete the development after a long hiatus. Excavation by the previous builders apparently damaged neighbouring houses and building work halted. 

12 January 2016

It doesn't take long. Graffiti despoils Sable Bleu. The information booth has disappeared - perhaps it was not approved?

Marketing - January 2016

27 November 2015

By the end of the week, the display suite for Sable Bleu is in place. There are 14 apartments in this 4 level development, advertised as residences.
Architects: Selwyn Blackstone

24 November 2015

Trees gone. Site almost clear.

14 November 2015

The houses on the corner of Rouse and Princes St are being demolished.

in the summer - November 2015

May 2015

The Council supported the application with conditions on 19 May 2015 PO953/2013.

In the autumn - May 2015

The All England Eleven Hotel was formerly on this site. Refer to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society website for more information. 

It was also the first site to be sewered in all of Melbourne.

During the sale period, people expressed their views about the development potential of the site.


The planning application is advertised

Saturday, November 9, 2019

101 Salmon St, Port Melbourne

23 October 2019

The application for 101 Salmon St returned to the Council for their views on an amendment to the approved scheme.


On 21 May 2015, the Minister for Planning approved a permit for a twelve level (including a four-level podium) mixed use building, including ground level retail, first floor level offices, car parking and 157 dwellings.

At the time of approval, the land was in a ‘Discretionary preferred height area’ (i.e. no height limit) per the Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan July 2014.

The land is vacant. The  development has not started.  The permit has been extended twice.

The Council had reservations about the amended application since it

  • included no affordable housing
  • was 7.6 m higher than the previously approved proposal, even though still a twelve storey building.
  • four storeys and 15.1 m higher than the 30m (8 storey) preferred maximum height in the Fishermans Bend Framework Plan.

The Council resolved to advise the Minister that it did not support the amended proposal.

Refer to the Council meeting papers for 23 October 2019 from which this information is taken.

Look at the renders.


This 12 level (37m) development by CHT Architects was approved by the Minister for Planning on 21 May 2015.

Mark Baljak All on my lonesome > 101 Salmon St, Port Melbourne Urban.com.au May 24 2014

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

59 Johnston St, Port Melbourne

November 2019

The 298 sqm site was sold on 1 November by CBRE by private treaty, price unknown. It has  planning approval for a six level building designed by CHT architects.

59 Johnston St November 2019

The site was sold for $3,210,000.

14 December 2011

Planning application  0580/2011 was approved for the construction of 15 dwellings and a six level building.


The property was sold in 1986 for $420,000.