Evolving Port

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

51 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne




Most building sites resumed work on 16 January 2012 but not 51 Esplanade West. No explanation is offered to us interested passers by. We guess instead - is the project in trouble? the builders having an especially long holiday? The site is now neither the old nor the new, but the unsatisfactory in between. 

The eucalyptus caesia suffers the ignominy of being treated as a tip rather than the silver princess she really is.


Work has resumed at 51 Esplanade West after an interval so long that people were beginning to wonder whether the project was proceeding.


The house at 51 Esplanade West was demolished in December 2010.

The planning process

The application for 4 three storey dwellings with 8 on site carparking spaces was approved by Council in April 2008. Council approval was appealed to VCAT, which approved the application in August 2008.

Heritage report

The heritage report that supported the demolition of 51 Esplanade West described the house as follows:
'Constructed during the interwar era, the single-storey interwar building has stuccoed masonry walls and a hipped roof clad in tiles. From the major hip protrudes two minor gables. One is these gables roofs the entrance porch, which features tapestry brick dressings and a dropped arch supported on ionic columns. Windows are generally timber framed. A low masonry fence with wrought iron panels and a tapestry brick capping borders the front and side of the property, while vehicle access to the site is from Rouse St.The c1894 MMBW plan of the street shows that the site was developed later than its Victorian neighbours.' (Bryce Raworth Report to Council November 2007)
Raworth argues in support of the demolition that:
'It stands as a relatively isolated example of interwar building stock. The MMBW plan of 1894 shows that while the remainder of Esplanade West was developed by this time, the subject site remained vacant with the exception of what appears to be stables at the rear of the site. Nor is the building in itself of sufficient significance to warrant an individual heritage overlay. Despite being a fairly typical example of an interwar villa, it is by no means exceptional.'
House and garden 

Ron loved his garden, caring for it meticulously - especially his roses which lined the path to the front door. He then turned his attention to planting the naturestrip.

The house also had a garage accessed from Rouse St. Ron was a sun baker and loved to catch the afternoon sun in the backyard.

Ron with Esplanade West neighbour, Keith Thomas c1989

Saturday, November 21, 2015

147-149 Pickles St, Port Melbourne

21 November 2015
Unexpectedly the property was not demolished but refurbished. 

The property on the corner of Pickles and Bridge St was sold by George Page for $1,605,000 on 21 May 2014.

Pickles St
The naming of Pickles St is perhaps a little bit more interesting than you might think as the Port Melbourne Historical Society explains.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Woodruff Terrace, Port Melbourne

Woodruff Terrace
A coat of paint refreshed Woodruff Terrace, built in the eighties on the site of the former Woodruff Dairy.
10 March 2013

550 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

14 November 2015
Not much to love about this building.

Application 100/2015 for a six level building with basement comprising 33 dwellings was lodged with Port Phillip Council on 9 February 2015. The application was refused by Council and appealed to VCAT.

For images of the project, visit Urban Melbourne

538 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

14 November 2015
Planning application 667/2015 was lodged with the City of Port Phillip for a 4 storey building (with basement) including 11 apartments and 17 x 3 storey townhouses on 29 June 2015. The site is immediately opposite North Port Oval.

See Urban Melbourne for a summary of the project.

11 March 2015 

Selling Property in Port


Clare Castle, Port Melbourne

14 November 2015
For sale by CBRE

'A Classic of its Era'

14 November 2015
Greg Hocking is the agent of the property to be sold by auction on 28 November. It has been in the same hands since it was built around 1972.

Monday, November 2, 2015

167 Ross St, Port Melbourne

December 2019

The site is clear.

December 2019
The planning application for a single dwelling, lodged on 14 August 2016, appears to have been contentious. It was appealed to VCAT twice - first the original application, and later an amendment was also appealed.  The permit was finally granted in April 2019. (planning permit reference 738/2016)

2 November 2015

This house at 167 Ross St, Port Melbourne was sold by Hocking Stuart for $1,101,000 on 10 October - the price reflecting the property's two street frontages and large, long block.

173 Station St, Port Melbourne

21 June 2016
Refreshed, renewed.
with some slightly discordant elements.

2 November 2015
The house at 173 Station St, Port Melbourne was sold on 17 October by Frank Gordon for $859,000.

photo Frank Gordon

Monday, September 28, 2015

355 Princes Street, Port Melbourne

28 September 2015

The property at 355 Princes St, Port Melbourne sold for  $1,170,000 on 19 September 2015. 'Held within one family for 100 years', notes agent Marshall White.

Expect substantial change on this corner.

355 Princes St, Port Melbourne

Thursday, April 2, 2015

143 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne

10 January 2016

9 April 2014

Sold on 13 Aug 2012 for $1,185,000. Former home of Isobel Webster and family.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

71 Evans St, Port Melbourne

23 March 2015
71 Evans St (cnr Farrell St) was sold on Saturday 21 March for $1,566,000 

23 03 2015

199 Albert St, Port Melbourne

24 March 2015

The property at 199 Albert St, Port Melbourne sold for $895,000.00 on 28 February 2015.

It was sold in December 1985 for $75,000. (source: Domain)

Friday, March 13, 2015

118 -124 Ross St, Port Melbourne

January 2018

August 2017

Taking it to another level.

Note the double storey house to the left. Three storey houses are the new two storey house in Port Melbourne.

16 June 2015

The planning phase

Planning application 163/2015 was lodged with the City of Port Phillip on the 5 March for the construction of two, three storey dwellings.

January 2015

The site is cleared.
118 - 124 Ross St, January 2015 

December 2014


118 - 124 Ross St, December 2014

Sold on 1 November 2014 for $1.18m by Chisholm & Gamon. The adjacent vacant block sold for $1.2m.

Domain Melbourne auction market records strong results despite Derby Day distractions

145 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

14 January 2017

The replacement house has taken a long time to build, but Peter wants to get it just right. 

14 01 2018

13 March 2015

Peter Syrkiadis at the front gate, shortly before the demolition of his house to make way for a new one.
28 10 2014

Thursday, March 12, 2015

45 Swallow St, Port Melbourne

25 02 2015
Sold on 13 December 2014 for $1,237,500.

157 Clark St, Port Melbourne

The site is cleared. 

157 Clark St, Port Melbourne 

13 April 2012

The fate of a house not covered by a heritage overlay. No permit required for demolition.

157 Clark St, Port Melbourne 22 January 2011

181 - 185 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

March 2021

Construction has begun on one of the three storey dwellings.

Construction underway at 181 - 185 Esplanade West
June 2017

Application 460/2017 was lodged for the construction of two three storey dwellings.

February 2016

Updated, restored and with a children's playground alongside.

February 2016
12 March 2015

After 100 years in the same family, this property prepares to change hands.

30 March 2015
Sold 30 03 2015
I had always been curious about the driveway associated with this house. It was so exceptionally unusual to have a driveway and a garage in this part of Port Melbourne. 

It turns out a house once occupied that site. 

In 1970, the Housing Commission inspected a double fronted single storey timber framed house and made a declaration under Section 56 of the Housing Act that the house was 'unfit for human habitation' and directed that the house be demolished. It sounds as if the house had fallen into disrepair when the owner, Robert Henry Webb died.

The house was sold in 1971 to a Roger Craig who failed to demolish the house as directed. The Housing Commission then let a tender for the demolition of the house which was carried out in 1971. 

Source: PROV VPRS 1824/P/0000-000166

45-47 Nott St, Port Melbourne

26 January 2016
Construction about to begin.

12 March 2015

The journey begins
City of Port Phillip Planning Application Reference No: 1099/2014 for a six storey development with a roof deck and basement car parking.

10 03 2015

147 Dow St, Port Melbourne

30 March 2015 
30 03 2015
9 December 2011
09 12 2011

147 Dow St sold for $951,000 on 25 10 2011