Fashion designer Joe Saba lists longtime Edgard Pirrotta-designed Lorne retreat

Fashion designer Joe Saba lists longtime Edgard Pirrotta-designed Lorne retreat
Fashion designer Joe Saba lists longtime Edgard Pirrotta-designed Lorne retreat

Fashion designer Joe Saba has listed his longtime Lorne holiday house.

Set in the hills above the Victorian coastal resort, Joe Saba and his wife, Marita built the house in 1984. Joe spent $7100 in 1969 to buy the slightly larger holding.

It was to a design by architect Edgard Pirrotta after the coastal property was ravaged by the Ash Wednesday fires.

Lorne has been a magnet for him since his early days growing up in Geelong and Ballarat, but nowadays with 13-year-old twin sons, Jack and Will the family are finding they are not using it enough.

The two-level, four-bedroom house at 4a Trade Winds Avenue  features floor-to-ceiling glass opening to a timber deck. The organic, warm merbau timber-rich style of the home, along with its rounded lines, was constructed by Warwick Yates, a former player with Saba's beloved Geelong Football Club.

The 4,593 square metre block has been scheduled for November 3 auction through Jeremy Fox of RT Edgar, who with conjunctional agent, Ian Stewart of Great Ocean Road Real Estate expects more than $1.3 million.

The fashion legend Joseph Saba enjoyed some 30 years in the rag trade with tears and a standing ovation from his industry peers on his semi-retirement at the 2002 Melbourne Fashion Festival. He moved into the Lorne abode full-time for six months with wife Marita and the boys after selling his self-titled fashion chain.

Edgard Pirrotta's first house - in Brighton for Sue and Bruce Fletcher - won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Victorian residential award in 1972 and was also The Age RAIA house of the year.

Title Tattle notes there is a nearby building allotment of 990 square metres with views of the surf below and of Louttit Bay that has been listed at $490,000 in a newly created sub-division with underground services and Surf Coast Shire approved building envelopes.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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