Lorne-based architect Josh Crosbie shares his property journey

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Josh Crosbie loves the regional coastal lifestyle.

Josh Crosbie is an architect at Josh Crosbie Architects, Lorne and Geelong.

Where do you live?

In a 1960s beach house in Lorne. My wife and I bought the house about six years ago and we live there with our two sons, while my first son is now in Melbourne studying at uni. We are wrapping up our last few months here as we have just purchased our dream home – another 1960s build in Lorne.

What property do you own?

We also own a beautiful home at Dinner Plain, one of Peter McIntyre’s original designs. And we have land in the Victorian Pyrenees and a couple of investment properties.

What do you love most about your home?

The open-plan layout that steps out to our backyard and also flows to the front terrace overlooking the ocean. The connection and sight lines through the property are lovely.


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Josh Crosbie’s house at 31 Dorman St, Lorne sold a few weeks ago.

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Organic design.

Have you changed anything?

We’ve completed about five renovation projects, being careful to keep the beach house’s original character.

How many homes have you ever lived in?

About 12 houses with my parents and six homes in the past 18 years with my wife.

The most memorable?

Our current home because it has a gorgeous connection to nature. The interior has a very warm feeling, with timber lining and a large, original stone fireplace.

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Bask in architectural beauty.

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How about that treehouse?

First foot on the property ladder?

I bought a 1930s Art Deco home in Geelong while I was studying architecture. We sold it after 10 years to make a sea change down the coast.

Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?

I enjoy buying properties, especially those to live in, rather than investments, as they have more of a personal and emotional connection. And I love personalising and improving a home.

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The Crosbie family are moving on to their next 1960s Lorne beach house after selling this one.

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Surf shack.

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This stone fireplace was a favourite of Josh Crosbie’s.

Highlights of your property journey?

Buying and renovating a 1970s beach house in surreally beautiful Kennett River, which was super fun. But the remoteness got the better of my family, so we moved 20 minutes down the road to Lorne.

The lowlights?

Several years ago, we applied for a planning permit to build a small cottage from local stone and mud brick on our Pyrenees hillside. Our application was rejected. We endured over three years of painful processes, to no avail. We’ve since had other priorities but we’re keen to return to that dream one day.

Future property plans?

We recently purchased a stunning 1960s masterpiece that sits above the ocean. It is my dream home. We move in soon – I can’t wait!

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