Always seeking a regional bit of joy and knowing the heartache the Woodlands demolition post caused the other day we were excited to get this beauty online only to discover that, in the unfathomable enormity that is our western coastline, we’ve posted this one before! One of our most remote listings ever is back on the market with the only change a lick of more demure paint to make it more broadly palatable. Worth a second look, especially all you newbies, and remember our vast archive of old listings is becoming an invaluable resource – check them out.
When the term ‘rental’ comes up many of us refer to student day cliches – a John Birmingham-esq vision of messy shared houses and flats, with larger homes maybe spacious enough for bikes parked in the hallway yet worn down by years of tenancy and little upkeep. Outside toilets, overgrown veggie patches, the Goon of Fortune wheel as perhaps the one defining landscaping feature. We do not think glamour. We do not picture the chic party casas of movie stars in California or London, but this rental today is far more of that ilk than the former. A breathtaking, c.1956, glamour pad held tightly by the original owners until a mere 2 months ago, this is a singularly stunning MCM original complete with immaculate stonework, a enticing maze of landscaped gardens and a stream down the back.
With the knowledge that next door was bought, dozed and made into a car park not 12 months ago, we dearly hope this home is being rented only until the new owners inhabit and love this home as much as first ones did, we cannot bring ourselves to contemplate what else might be on their minds……..*
**The worse of updates** A few local MA foot soldiers claim that the sale (which we understand was a very ‘quiet’ one from the elderly, original owners) was conducted by a real estate company who not only own the suburban shopping hub next door, but last year knocked down number 10 Newark Rd (possibly a magical architect’s own MCM property) to expand their carpark. Apparently the car park is set to swallow this beauty also. A historical and notable work of built beauty, bulldozed, just so some jerk in a suit can bolster his property portfolio and, no doubt, help pay for his revolting status castle in a neighbouring suburb.
Trawling through so many places we never listed and found this absolute ripper which fell through the net. For lease at the time (earlier this year), it has been well and truly snapped up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate it now does it?
That decor. The cream surfaces with gold filagree detailing, baby chandeliers in crystal and metallics, flawless parquetry and always, ALWAYS textiles of a deep turquoise. We like to call it the ‘Onassis chic’, capturing all the high-end, late 1960s, pared back sophistication of the Mediterranean jet-set, elegant as a slim diamond necklace on a very beautiful woman who speaks 4 languages. And it’s not very often you find it these days, those beautiful women all now elderly or gone, their homes turned out and refurbished with a more ‘contemporary’ style. But here it sits, a veritable vault of 1968, in dazzling condition and up for rent. So get in there beautiful people. Don the Dior, cue up the Françoise Hardy and start entertaining in rarified style.
Rentals! It’s been a while but this one is an absolute killer so needed posting right away. The work of architect Graham Footner (by all accounts bit of a prolific practitioner round Eden Hills way) and showcased in Australian House and Garden mag in 1966 this cream brick, skillion roofed, split level, timber accented delight remains resplendent is all it’s mid 1960s glory. And the best part is you don’t need a $80k deposit and mortgage broker to enjoy this swingin’ pad, all you want is some good references and a penchant for the enticingly laid back Adelaide lifestyle. Get applying people!
All due respect Taswegians but W T actual F?! This is most certainly in the top 5, possibly top 3 homes, we’ve ever listed in your state. The kind of genuine Mid-Century Modern house people drool, share and comment over endlessly when it’s Wowhausing in Boise, Idaho or the West Midlands and yet here is our version: empty and in the middle of nowhere Cressy (well come to think of it maybe that is the Aussie equivalent). This house bares all the hallmarks of a cultivated taste, a daring mind and high-end craftsmanship; that courtyard alone has us hyperventilating, so lets not linger too long on the floor to ceiling glazing, cork flooring, tile, joinery, epic horizontal stature or that wallpaper (oh the wallpaper!) lest we blackout. Piled upon this already incongruous scene is the wobbly rental-property shots and pitch – Pets! A free week’s rent! Near the bus stop! All very practical and admittedly very handy in rural locales but when you consider how this masterpiece sitting in Hobart would set off a bunfight of prospective tenants (and we dare say a few people offering to buy) let alone the mainland where the claws would be out and snatching before first viewing all we can do is chuckle, shake our heads and guess at how it all came about.
ps – Muchas gracias to Mark for spotting this – a stalwart of the apple Isle, if ever there was.
QLD, we’re throwing you a bone. For in this flood of brilliant homes raining down across the country up north is still in drought. It is always a tricky business trying to offer something up to our Modernist Australians of the sunshine state (though I’m sure we miss a few too) so today is just a little something to keep you going; a little cutie-pie for rent (seems the buyers from 2014 might be biding their time), with legit MCM street appeal and plenty of scope to jazz it up and make it your own pad of dreams.
Cheekily slipping in a bit of ACT into our regional focus this week, but with all the talk in Canberra being nothing but the Country Party and the price of beetroots we say why not? (BTW the whole New England region has lost it’s mind in more ways than one) And really we simply couldn’t wait to post it, it’s gonna drive some of you insane with desire.
Starting from the street it presents like a Palm Springs dream; genuine, late 50s, architect built MCM, sophisticated as they come (just to walk through an entry court/carport such as this one has us salivating). Upon entering we find clean, contemporary spaces where we guess a refurb/extension has recently taken place incorporating the predicable blanc palette and down-lights, but all-in-all complementary to the original tone. Out back the newer sections(?) and sensational landscaping do a splendid job of enhancing the Modern ideals conveyed – sunny, inside/outside living, practical and elegant, presenting a wholeness to a residence whose sections were built perhaps 50 years apart (though even that assertion itself is hard to confirm*) and overall reinforces just how advanced the original design really was and remains. Get your applications in.
*Confirmed! This new (and award winning) extension done in 2016 was done by Ben Walker architects. Bravo people!
Summertime swells, it’s hot, hot, hot, so cool off and get hip with this absolute corker on the Mid North Coast. This perfectly-proportioned pad is just waiting for you to walk right in and plonk right down your tiki bar, wading pool, bark-cloth curtains, festoon lights and prize teak dining set. A lay down misere of swingin’ good times running on cabana, cheese and Ports of Paradise soundtrack.
If Enid Blyton had set her fairytales in coastal Australia, rather than rural England, then this magical, flower covered beach cottage would be the kick-off point for Jo, Bessy and F(r)annie for sure. Indeed this pure, summer-of-days-gone-by darlin’ is up for holiday rental so could be yours for perhaps one week of the year. Welcome to the top of the Faraway Tree and an adventure in Land of Mid-Century Memories.
When you wanna blow minds and explode hearts you write up a Snelling, so this year seems to be telling us. We saw it last month with his unbelievable design on the water in Avalon Beach and today we have this one in St Ives. A circa 1954 statement in high Modernist ideals and an obviously big expense account to fully realise it. Now currently for lease for $1500 pw you too can swan around in the rarified air of a majestic, high-end, Australian Mid-Century residential compound to rival anything you see in The States or Europe and (we think the best part) enjoy its unblemished attributes, materials and craftwork in all their original glory. C’est Magnifique!
WA has remained rather quiet in the last year and we suspect now the boom times are over it may be safer for untouched brilliance like this c.1960, architect’s* own stun-bags here to come out and escape a future of mining lucre white over and marble luxe (or even demolition) which has wrought havoc over Perth’s MCM inheritance in the last decade or so. This residence deserves so much more and if the lucky buyers were us our hearts would be busting at the possibilities for the lightest of light improvements and the simple prospect of being able to live here in the sunshine.
*Pre-eminent Perth architect Jim Wilkinson, creative visionary behind one of our favourite Australian brutalist buildings: FESA House which was wantonly destroyed in the aforementioned mining boom-time. (Thanks Simon Reeves)
Coming down from the brutal celebration of the Sirius decision last night, we land in the soft greenery of Angry Penguin country and into the enveloping walls of another firmament of delight. This time a rental the ‘Beddison/Swift House’ designed in 1963 by Neil Clerehan and Guilford Bell, heavy artillery indeed. You can read a bit more of its history over here. It is not very often you have the chance to move into such a revolutionary residence in faultless condition, indeed it would be more like inhabiting a sculpture from the cream of international Mid-Century Modern and like several other individual Clerehan or Bell designs may be the closest thing we have in this town akin to a Johnson or Mies van de Rohe.
Seems Steven Coverdale has been digging down into the rental market and pulling out the treasure, and we’re blatantly running the jewels to post them up for all to see. First up a dash of sparkle and joy in Mitcham with this minty as mint family home, anyone could move into and immediately fall in love with. In fact you’d almost have to check your emotions at the door applying for this one, knowing that once you pull the moving truck up to the carport and get your things under that gorgeous timber ceiling, you’ll never want to leave.
To know Modernism is to live in it and in this feral Australian market right now the best way we know for anyone to access and appreciate the space and light of brilliant MCM home design is to rent. Never to be disregarded here, we hope to show more and more properties for lease (be it holiday or more long term) in the coming year, as we know some of the best of the best properties pop up this way.
And so here we go in South Australia; a striking, architect designed, 4 bedder with a clear Japanese influence. The owners are proud MCM fans and it shows in every corner of this beautifully presented home. And unlike a ‘for sale’ listing we have the comfort of knowing this one is safe and furthermore is being offered up to share the love with others so like minded. A great residence up for those who love to live well, or are just dipping their toes.