Chris Vandyke pole homes still popular after 30 years

first_imgWide verandahs bring the rainforest in.After listing an iconic pole home by Chris Vandyke at 21 Canaga Cl, Kamerunga recently, Elite Real Estate Services agent Andrew Thornton said he had noticed plenty of prospective buyers from southern centres seeking the unique type of home.“When you find a property like this in excellent condition they are very sought after, particularly by people who are moving from down south for that sea change and Far North lifestyle,” he said.“But also there are people who are professionals and families who are looking for a rainforest lifestyle and between Redlynch and Smithfield within five minutes of private schools and shopping centres.” The entrance at 21 Cananga Cl, KamerungaHe said the four-bedroom Kamerunga home, nestled in a little-known estate and on the market for mid-to-high $500,000s, was a “standout” and featured elevated raked ceilings, brush box timber floors, cool natural finishes and plenty of windows and entertaining space. 21 Cananga Cl, KamerungaTHIRTY years after they took the design world by storm, Cairns’ quintessential pole home is still in strong demand with buyers from down south.balay Vandyke building designer and director Matt Piromalli said the rising cost of timber and scarcity of sloping land, both critical in the design of the tropical tree houses, meant the buildings were not built any longer.center_img The airy spaces and brush box timber floors of 21 Cananga Cl, Kamerunga will always be sought after in Cairns.“People love it, but it’s a price thing, we’d love to do a lot more of it but unless you’ve got the money to build a luxury house, it doesn’t happen,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“A lot of residents will have elements of the pole home and tropical designs built into their new homes, but timber is used less than it was. “Back in the day, it was used in the walls and ceilings and floors, it was in abundance.“Now, we don’t use timber as much, or we use it where it doesn’t need much maintenance and can add some warmth to the home.”last_img

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