This Mysterious Northcote Home Hides Serene Gardens — And It’s For Sale!

The gardens have been established from the ground up in the last eight years.

A study nook overlooks another garden space.

The facade is one of Simon’s favourite features, appreciating that it ‘doesn’t give anything away’ about the interiors. Concrete brickwork is broken up with breeze blocks, while the walls inside also help protect the house from any noise of nearby trains.

A quiet window seat.

The couple and their children, Xander and Lexie, say they’re going to miss living so close to Westgarth Cinema, organic grocer Terra Madre, and their friendly neighbourhood. But with plans to move to the country, its someone else’s turn to enjoy their carefully crafted family home!

The property features two bathrooms and a powder room.

Simon Hakim (CEO and co-founder of creative branding agency Hunter) and his wife Dani (a visual merchandiser) purchased it as an empty block of land. It had previously been owned by a Victorian Government body who had used some of the block for an additional train track, leaving behind a triangle shaped allotment.

‘There’s nothing like having a glass of wine by the fire while looking out across the garden.’

Before they even put in an offer, they asked architect Clare Cousins to come visit the site and discuss its potential. With Clare’s tick of approval, they engaged CBD Contracting for the build and set about creating the four-bedroom family home that stands at 43 Walker Street today.

Dani has completely transformed the home’s courtyard, front and rear gardens from the ground up across the last eight years they’ve lived at the property, which is now enveloped in lush foliage and vines.

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‘Although it was an odd-shaped site, it was a great opportunity to build something from scratch,’ Simon says.

‘Clare’s mantra is not about designing shiny new buildings… it’s all about people, which is why she resonated so much,’ Simon adds.

The backyard rounds out the home with a vegetable garden!

When the owners of this Northcote home built it back in 2015, they knew they wanted to create something that would add to the architectural fabric of the neighbourhood.

Sliding doors fill the space with natural light and views of the central courtyard.

‘Once you’re inside, you get this sense of a quiet, spacious, and secure place,’ he adds. ‘There’s plenty of greenery from the garden and the house if filled with natural light that casts various shadows on the walls as the sun moves throughout the day. There’s nothing like having a glass of wine by the fire while looking out across the garden.’

This Mysterious Northcote Home Hides Serene Gardens — And It’s For Sale!

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by Christina Karras


It was built in 2015 and was designed by leading architect Clare Cousins.

‘I’ve loved replanting and redesigning the garden and it’s evolved to what you see now,’ Dani says.

A luxuriously large bathtub.

‘Every aspect of our house has been thoroughly thought through. You don’t see dead zones or aspects that don’t make sense. Ultimately, we wanted a build that would stand the test of time.’

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The resulting property is minimalistic in both materials and colour, with thoughtful details hidden throughout. There’s a sweeping kitchen and island bench designed for entertaining, alongside a sunny library corner that Dani has filled with hundreds of cookbooks and collectables from travels overseas.

Concrete brickwork makes up the striking facade and walls along the living and dining area.

The architectural house at 43 Walker Street, Northcote has just hit the market.