Beach beauty

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Oh, to be beside the seaside! This large and airy modern home makes the most of its stunning city and water views.

Greville with Noah in the first-floor kitchen and living area. Click for more photos

Beach beauty

This large and airy modern home makes the most of its stunning city and water views. Photo: Armelle Habib

The home: A contemporary four-bedroom house in Melbourne's bayside area featuring a cinema room, pool and rooftop observatory with views of the city skyline and the Mornington Peninsula.

Who lives here: Greville Pabst, the chairman of WBP Property Group and a property commentator and judge on The Block, his wife Lisa, sons Noah, 19, and Corey, 17, and the family's boxer pup, Lexi.

What we did: "We commissioned Schulberg Demkiw Architects to transform it from a two-storey 1960s Mediterranean-style house into a contemporary home with living areas overlooking Port Phillip Bay," says Greville.

Favourite room: "The living room - it's like a changing canvas, with Melbourne's unique seasonal backdrop," he says.

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The 'hood: "Nothing beats taking a stroll along Half Moon Bay," says Greville.

Future plans: "I'm installing laser-cut screens around the front outdoor balcony, and building up the garden to protect the house - and us - from the harsh elements like wind and salt from the water. It will also provide greater privacy," he says.

Best advice: "Think texture!" says Greville. "Seasonal palettes come and go, but texture gives soul and dimension to a room."