Johanna’s striking home featured in Australia’s best beach homes for sale

An angular hillside retreat showcased in Australia’s best beach houses offers breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean.

If ever there was a reason to head for the hills, this angular beach house with stunning views of the Southern Ocean is it.

The caliber of the Johanna Residence earned it a place in Australia’s Best Beach Houses book soon after it was built.

Geelong architect Mark Gratwick’s modern design has stood for another decade and offers one of Johanna Beach’s best views of the rural hills.

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The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home hit the market on Christmas Eve with price hopes of $2.2-2.4 million.

Great Ocean Road Real Estate, Apollo Bay listing agent Darren Brimacombe said the 2ha property has already attracted interest from buyers.

He said the house offered a mix of views and privacy in a location that had both rural and coastal appeal.

“The house is in an exceptional position, overlooking the valley of Johanna Beach and the hills,” he said.

“It’s the best position in Johanna and it’s an uninterrupted view so you don’t see another property from there.

“This is a beautifully designed home by Mark Gratwick.”

The house is built as a series of modules connected by internal steps that follow the natural slope of the blocks.

In the center is a living room with a wall of glazing framing the million-dollar view and a large open fireplace set inside a stone wall, which doubles as a heat bank.

More incredible panoramas follow in the open-plan living room, master bedroom and its bathroom, where you can soak up the rural views from a spa bath.

Mr Brimacombe said that in addition to an extensive terrace sloping towards the sea, there was a north-facing courtyard sheltered from southerly winds.

“These are all native gardens that have been done by a landscape architect and they attract beautiful birds and wildlife,” he said.

“It’s very low maintenance.”

Originally published as Striking Johanna home featured in Australia’s best beach homes for sale