It’s one of 33 homes in the exclusive 3.5ha estate neighbouring Portsea Golf Club. Five of those apartments — including the Watsons’ — were created inside a grand summer house build for Harold Armytage in the 1920s, as a second home away from his Como House residence in South Yarra.
Mr Watson said the building became a hospital for officers during World War II and, in the ‘50s, was transformed by nuns into a home for deaf and dumb children. It then fell into disrepair before being reinvented as a hotel, with a Sydney developer ultimately taking over to create the estate that exists today.
Mr Watson said his favourite part was the loggia, which faced north out to the apartment’s private front lawn. A sun deck also encircles the first floor.
He had also loved the estate’s closeness to the “best beach in the Portsea area, Fishermans Beach”, its direct access to the golf club, and the fact it was private but social, with residents enjoying an annual summer drinks party and a golf day.