9 White Lodge Ct, Kew VIC

Resplendent as it rests in the inner-city bosom of big money MCM. A commission for Drayton & Colman Architects (c.1964) for an obviously more ‘hip’ contingent of Melbourne’s captains of industry (well at least a little more tuned-in than those who opted instead to haunt the ghostly mansions of Hawthorn and Toorak) in the late 50s and early 60s. This one like so many of Studley Park was built by wealth, intended for family, sits virtually next to the Yarra and is less than 5kms from the CBD. A glorious, cream brick beauty standing straight as the day the original owners moved in and, like the Warrnambool listing, is a testament cum museum piece of old Melbourne glamour and style. We of course are naturally troubled, for although this area has many intact and wonderful MCM streetscapes, there are so many big homes being daily deformed into grotesque wedding cakes by dictator aesthetics, this home is not immune. Time we believe for the torch to be passed from the old hipster guard to the new. In this creative economy there are many minted kids out there partial to such homes, we just need to find one to step up and take on their classically Melbourne birthright.**

*Architects (apparently 2 of them!) as yet unnamed.

**C’mon! That Twin Peaks address alone is a siren call to the demographic we are calling upon…….

 

11 Princess St, Warrnambool VIC

Some more regional fun sent through this weekend in the shape of this rather stately retro fabulous residence down on the shipwreck coast. The agent has made claims of well known local architect commissioned by well known family which points possibly to hometown son architect William ‘Tag’ Walter, whose work we haven’t seen come up for a while. All provenance speculation aside, this home at any angle is a wonder of unmoved time, from the build to the furnishings, with each click of the pics bringing us an even wider grin of joy and recognition of times and places long since disappeared. Bless.

42 Alkina St, Kenmore QLD

Kenmore continues to crush it with this four-bedder, all neato and ready to move in. Strong bones is right –  that solid carport frontage alone has us a little sweaty. Keep them comin’ Qweeens!

97-99 Sunnyside Cres, Castlecrag NSW

A high level of evasiveness has accompanied this listing which has been sitting on the market for a while. From the stated knowns: primo Castlecrag location and 60 years in the same hands plus a peek or two from some interested Modernist Australians the situation is quickly laid bare: this residence of very attractive brick and stone with very sophisticated lines for its age is most likely the work of a noted MCM architect and is absolutely in dire of attention. That said, we balk at the advice that it is ‘beyond economic repair’ (whatever that means) for if someone has the cash to buy on a clifftop in Castlecrag in the first instance and if someone has the cash to replace said original home with a banal statement in vulgar wealth accumulation (as if that’s some kind of a virtue), then we could also posit that someone else may indeed have the cash, creativity and integrity to swim against this insipid tide and perhaps give this home a sympathetic rebirth. Or is everyone in Sydney with money just a complete tosser?

52 Kellatie Rd, Rosny TAS

A neat-as-a-pin Hobart residence in supreme condish which maintains its original, elegant rhythm of beams and brick with panels of glass and plaster. Ready to roll as is, but just waiting for the splash of furniture and decor to make this house a true home. We’d stick our bib in there and suggest a nice bit of seagrass wallpaper for those kitchen dividing walls for starters, but that’s just us. As always with Tassie the breathtaking riverside views and acceptable price tag are a mere footnote.

113 Dunlop St, Mortlake VIC

If you stumbled across this unabashed slice of classic commercial Modernism for sale in some inner city suburb it would no doubt command seven figures and be the coveted location for all manner of creative-class work/life designs; that beautiful staircase, feature brickwork, rear garden and bright space upstairs for a small home, with offices below. In reality however, it’s in Mortlake. Which means it sits close to dormant (depending on when yet another big four decides to abandons its rural community) alongside a veritable parade of other forgotten Mid-Century shopfronts (seriously, go for a google walk, Pats! J.Golsworthy & Sons!) and with not much else going for it. Though we know there are those of you out there wanting to wash out of the city and into such towns, adopting a Chris-in-the-Morning (or is that Ken Sherry) persona and shaking up the place in your own particular way. And this ol’ bank is as good a base as any, we suppose, to make that happen.

19 Callitris Cres, Marcus Beach QLD

An architect led-renovation from an original which is a little out of the Mid-Century time-frame for us (c.1985) but nonetheless was first designed with keen deference to the Modernist ethos including a floor plan remeniscent of any simple 60s So Cal classic and as such it has played host to one of Rosso’s sell-out ‘Man About The House’ shows back in 2016. As described over there:

“The Marcus Beach House (1985) by Brisbane Architect Craig Herron derives from the architect designed, craftsman built Australian suburban project homes of the sixties and seventies. Designed for his mother, the house entertained family holidays for the extended Heron family for more than 25 years. The house was sympathetically re-modeled in 2010 for its new owners, a young family of five, by the multi-award winning Brisbane Architect Paul Owen (Owen Architecture). At just 140sq.m the courtyard house layout derives efficiency of space through integration of circulation and utility functions bringing family members together in daily routine and ritual.”

If it’s good enough for the Modernister, then it’s good enough for us.

12 Balnagowan Ave, Colac VIC

We’ve been looking for some regional joy and it’s seems Colac has delivered this evening with an exquisite, ultimate lake front residence – woah nelly! Though not apparent to many, Colac with it’s slightly rural slide vibe is no stranger to pedigree Mid-Century Modernist domesticity, this lake locale is the site of at least one Robin Boyd house as well as a sprinkle of beauties such as this about town. And now we add another to the catalogue with unknown origins and ownership, but so clearly cared for and with a garden to rival any current-day output from a high-end landscape designer, we are simply dying to know more (anyone with the skinny- get in touch!). The purity of line and classic country genteel aura is perhaps only usurped by that dynamite copper rangehood, a kitchen requirement-cum-feature of which we have never been a fan (arh arh!) that is, until now. Indeed that entire kitchen complete with worn-out cork flooring is one for the pintrestboard/dream house photo folder. It all is really and so enticing, we may even take the drive to see it for ourselves.