We are sooooo excited to announce the birth of a fresh communal homeshare family, to be housed in an extraordinary 7-bedroom heritage listed architectural masterpiece, set among several acres of native bushland right on the banks of the Birrarung / Yarra river, a short hop out of town in Eltham.
And we'd like to invite you (and you) to join us on this journey...
...which begins with a long read!
There's a lot to tell you, so please bear with us ❤️
Our new as-yet-unnamed Eltham house has been visioned as a grand 7ish-person home where delicious healthy meals are shared as a family, where community potluck dinners are enjoyed around a fire, where friends frolick in the river on sunny afternoons, and where food gardens and tranquil native bushland are cared for with love.
So far, we are four loving, friendly, creative, hungry, respectful, supportive and silly humans aged from our late 20s to early 40s. We'd love to invite at least two more to join the family, and we welcome folks of all genders, sexualities, races, nationalities, shapes, sizes, colours and smells.
O U R _ H O U S E H O L D :
- All our food is shared. There's a meal on the table most nights of the week that is cooked by whoever has the time and inspiration and eaten gratefully by anyone who is around.
- We shop ethically where possible.
- Mostly vegetarian, ethical, local food, occasional meat or fish eaters for those who choose.
- LGBTIQ+ friendly, anti-racist and anti-sexist.
- A culture of open and thorough communication where there are always ways to air concerns or wishes. Short meetings together every 2-3 weeks.
- Abundant gardens and outdoor chill space for those lush summer days.
- Shared maintenance of the gardens on a weekly basis, possibly through a small weekly working bee. We are looking for people who are excited about spending time tending and caretaking the land and house.
- A space for a guest bedroom / study / project space.
- A shared bank account for all food, bills and other house purchases.
- Those of us who have lived together before have regularly had film nights, pot lucks and community gatherings, plus occasional parties and performances at our previous sharehome that we’d like to continue, depending on the energy of people in the house to organise these things and with respect to peoples introverted needs at times! We all have them :)
T H E _ H O U S E :
- Designed in 1960 by Robin Boyd: Japonism flirting with modernism, and reflecting the courtyard-style gallery planning of old mate Roy Grounds' design for the NGV on Swanston St.
- Upstairs has five bedrooms, with a great country kitchen, huge living room with river views and fireplace, beautiful North-oriented courtyard, two bathrooms plus an ensuite in the master bedroom.
- Downstairs has one bedroom with ensuite, adjoining a rumpus room and an art / healing room with kitchenette.
- Bungalow room out the back, plus the odd dilapidated shed, and various nooks, crannies, caverns and closets.
- A few wonky doors, scuffs and quirks as expected in a building of its age, but still an extraodinary home. We intend sharing the occasional maintenance jobs, which are a great opportunity to learn some new skills.
- Apparently the house can get hot indoors in summer (but hey... that river looks very inviting...).
- 1.5acres of beautiful Eltham bush, plus about 50m of almost-private bushland reserve on the banks of the river. Excellent swimming, kayaking and summer frolicking potential.
T H E _ A R E A :
- Eltham lower park area, an easy and scenic 15min bike ride to Eltham Station. 20mins drive to Preston, 25mins to Fitzroy, 30mins to CBD, in off-peak.
- Good bus connections a 10min walk away at the nearest shops.
- Eltham has markets, bookstores, cafes, large unattractive supermarket chains, mega hardware stores, a terrific library, community groups, artist communities, swimming holes, and easy access to cute spots like the St Andrews market, Hurstbridge, Kinglake, Warrandyte, etc.
T H E _ P E O P L E :
- Rita: A holistic Wellbeing Counsellor/ Facilitator, into deep ecology, a nature lover, dancer and explorer of life.
- Jon: A museum guide / curator, maker, architect and nature goat who spends his time on creative projects, organising community festivals, folk music and adventuring.
- George: A Masters student / karate instructor and Sci Fi and Fantasy enthusiast. Recently found gardening during lockdown and is attempting to grow enough produce to open a greengrocer's.
- Yitming: Super fun and interesting accountant, loves music, sports, collecting cds, going for long walks and bike rides.
P R A C T I C A L S T U F F :
- Rent is very affordable. Bond is $466.
- We pay about $80 per week into a communal account to cover all food and bills.
- We contribute $30 per month each towards building upkeep and funds for events.
- Couples welcome.
- Dogs may be considered depending on potential impact on the home/land, though the property has no fencing, and they would need to be mostly an outdoor companion. No Cats, sorry, as we are near a nature reserve and want to encourage the native bird life to feel safe to be in their home.
- Looking for someone(s) intending to join us for 12months or longer.
- 2 rooms available from the October 18.
G E T _ I N _ T O U C H :
Applications due 30th Sept...
- We'd love you to send us a very short (5min max) video introducing yourself. Nothing fancy or edited, just you being you please! A link to a private youtube upload is great, or just email the file and your contact number to:
by the 30th Sept 2020 (we're using the email from our old home as we don't have new communal email yet)
- If recording a video is way too stressful or beyond your means, we get it... no probs. You can email or express yourself some other way. See email address above.
In your video / email:
- Let us know a bit about yourself and why you would like to join this home.
- Tell us if you've had experience living in a larger share house.
- Let us know if you would be looking for a 12 month min rental.
- Especially mention why becoming a part of a vibrant communal home is attractive to you.
- We will be holding interviews
- Sat 3rd Oct 12pm-3pm
- Sun 4th Oct 5pm-8pm
- Mon 5th Oct 6pm-8pm
Thank you SO MUCH for sticking with us and reading all of that. What a star.
We acknowledge that our home is on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and that their sovereignty was never ceded. We pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.