519 Fig Tree Pocket Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD

Hold on to your hats cats and kittens, Brisbane has just revealed one of it’s best. Another slice of brilliance with a swinging Palm Springs/Atomic Ranch sophistication and in such pristine condition as to make us swoon over our morning coffee (first time for sale!). But of course it’s not only a jaw-dropping home complete with circular copper fireplace, stunning timber ceilings, sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows, sympathetically reno’ed kitchen and a driveway just aching for an Alfa Spider to cruise on in, but rather an entire private, wonderland compound of Brisbane river frontage, a tennis court and pavilion (we can smell those cucumber sandwiches from here) and literal acres of where-else-but-Queensland, subtropical hinterland bush, all of which is only 10 kms from the Brissy CBD, BAM!
We’d love to know the scoop on this – who owns it, who designed it, anyone? And we’d really like to know that it will sell into the hands of only the most appreciate owner; someone who knows what they’ve got and retains, to the very last brick, its intrinsic Modern cool.

30 Astley St, Montmorency VIC

Monty’s never gonna let you down with the likes of this. An absolute ripper. Straight and clean as they come*, in an Australian native palette of red/brown tones and opposing textures, dialling up the cosy. Oh, and big props also to the agents for espousing the virtues of slate flooring, flawless timber and brick, instead of dismissing their inherent beauty in favour of a cheap whitewash – we wish wish there were more of you to go round!

*Architects – Herman and Martin Sibbel

18 Moore St, Colac VIC

A regular where MA listings are concerned, good ol’ Colac does seem to punch above it’s weight in gorgeous little homes, of predominantly original build and fittings. This one is a particularly neat-o residence, that cream brick straight and unblemished as anything we’ve ever seen, with a design hailing from respected G-town firm Schefferle & Chomley and of course, because of its country location will surely go for a non-ludicrous sum. Just lovely.

PS the usual thanks to Steven and Simon for their spotting and knowledge of this home.

 

6 Tusmore Ave, Leabrook SA

Like a vegan walking past a butcher shop window, a prime cut poster gleaming from the window, so too we steel ourselves, assume the higher road and clench our teeth at that first image of subdivided land. We could try to explain to ol’ mates Oren and Matty boy that it’s homes like these – local pinnacles of design, craftsmanship, materials and mature gardens which stand the test of time and could never be replicated today for under several million (and that’s if you can find a good joiner/parquetry guy/architect). We could plead with the sellers that one does not break down a gullwing Mercedes for parts, not tip out the ’94 Grange so you can store salad dressing in the bottle. Nor does one rip out a Whitely sketch to pop in their own watercolour dabble in the frame, nor unpick a mint ’63 Chanel suit to make some natty new placemats. So why, oh why, don’t our Mid Century architecture wonders command even a 10th of that respect?

6 Chelmsford Ave, Mitcham SA

Yes this house is a brick and timber beamed beauty which has been kicking arse and taking ‘likes’ all over the local Mod social media, and yes it’s in great nick just ripe for a new owner to make it shimmer even more, but what are we really loving here? Allocasuarina littoralis. The Black Sheoaks, that’s what. One of the most civically used, yet criminally overlooked trees from our native trove. And the wonderful garden of this 60s home showcases some amazing mature examples, mysteriously whispering and swaying in the winter onset.

75 Station Rd, Gisborne VIC

Just outside Melbourne sits someone’s dream home. Assuredly hybrid Australian in its sweeping garden and rolling vistas, it strikes a beautifully sculptural form from the exterior and warms the cockles of those sentimental for the more grounded, dare we say country vernacular inside; orange vinyl, sheer curtains and crochet? Well why not. Though the kitchen proudly rips the horrific kitchen reno crown from the head of 1980s colonial and places it firmly onto 1990s niteclub (dark granite/ slumped glass/ feature exhaust flues, eek!), the rest is simply peachy.

 

‘Jones House’ 103 Wimborne Ave, Mount Eliza VIC

With a bone structure that belongs in the books of Ford Modelling Agency this unassuming, bucolic beauty has renovation potential dripping off every right angle and trickling down those glazed/masonry expanses. If this one was in our ‘hood we’d be on it like white on rice, using that runaway Monstera adorned entry patio as our starting point and transforming the entire spread, room by room, to garden, to pool area into a complete MCM wonderland.

**Update** A wonderful comment of this home was left on our Instagram feed yesterday by newfound fav furniture and steel makers Christensen Jackson. We just love this kind of info of a life well lived;
“The wonderful home of a wonderful man…and my Mum’s neighbour! Alan Jones passed away a couple of months ago at the age of 90. An engineer by trade, he lived and worked in numerous countries across nearly every continent. He was also an avid boat builder, and well into his 80’s, although legally blind, was building a ‘Couta’ boat in his garage……Apart from the pool being home to a substantial frog colony, it is truly a great house…and with the developers wrecking ball knocking, it would be a crying shame to see it go.”

212 Monbulk Rd, The Patch VIC

Though overrun with some well very presented MCM listings right now, we keep returning to this one, so up it goes. We’re not sure if the cooling weather is attracting our eye to the sun-dappled, New England setting or perhaps the growing Twin Peaks anticipation is turning our ear to those swishing trees and dreamy, sugar-dusted rooms (lets stay out of that basement shall we) or maybe it’s just the plain ol’ property-hound in us seeing fixer-upper potential in a delightfully uncomplicated floor plan. Whatever it is, we like it and we think a few of you out there will too.

**Oops! Just sold!

5 Balmoral Pl, Carlingford NSW

Medical alarms were made for such a listing. A home of history (built for the Australian Womens Weekly in 1962), pedigree (Neville Gruzman yo!) and respectfully renovated condition as to be right up there with some of the best in the country. A worthy Australian answer to a Palm Springs Eichler, which could make the cover of Atomic Ranch in its sleep. It’s not surprising that Sotheby’s got the gig and that it’s being sold by the agent 100% for its Mid-Century Modern masterpiecery – those with the means already know the value, when is the rest of the market going to catch up?

40A Stawell Street, Kew VIC

An astounding hipsterville (1950s hipster, not 2017 hipster) oasis by the Yarra, ripe for a little lovin’ care, though we’d cry at the thought of anyone inflicting an el blando-luxo reno upon it or, heaven forbid, getting rid of it altogether and installing some mansion of mindless ostentation. The wandering spirits of artists, poets and thespians need a time-honoured place to abide and some new, head of finance’s palace will not cut it. Keep Studley Kew boho we say.

21 Chester St, Surrey Hills VIC

Thought not seeming like much on the outside, it’s the orientation, interiors and little details, down to the cupboard knobs, which put a smile on our mugs. That said, the reality is that this building’s days could be down to double digits already now (insert marge Simpson grumble here).

36A Malton Rd, Beecroft NSW

Tonight, our favourite type of communication; a message from the family of an owner who loved and lived in their own, special Modernist paradise for many years, now seeking to turn it over to someone who will immediately identify with and carry on such care. In this case not only an owner with a knowing eye for progressive architectural considerations, but a whole knowledge of the richness and essential wellbeing which emanates from a garden;
“My grandfather was a keen horticulturalist, he published many gardening books and often participated in talk back radio and appeared on television shows. The garden on this property was his pride and joy, and we would love to see both the garden and the home be sold to someone who appreciates it’s heritage, as opposed to a property developer…..The home is in original condition, and has been designed to encompass the beautiful outlook.”


It doesn’t take a genius to pick up that this lovely home and incredible garden was the scene for the life’s work of someone very special. The least we can do now is press it into the heads and hands of someone deserving.

 

9/45 Barrabool Rd, Highton VIC

We know we flog this particular corner of the country, but it continually turns up some classic apartments so we can’t say no. Take this ripper – bare mattress in the garage aside (geeze guys would it hurt you to move such a down-at-heel-block-of-flats cliche?) this isn’t just any usual 60s block; all charisma exterior with unkept, dank interior nor cheap investor slap-over refurb – no, this one has managed to retain some lovely timber detailing with a modest freshen up – a delightful rarity these days – and of course it has generous 50 year old living spaces we can only dream about in any present day, entry level apartment build. Love it all.

‘Burns House’ 9 Moonda Gve, Cheltenham VIC

Straight up, slick rick and down the line. This is one house to get all you lovers salivating. Once more an offering in heart gladdening enhanced original state. Enticing us all with those breezy horizontal beams, neat-o stone and brickwork, unfilled pool and hanging wicker chair – a mere suggestion of the swinging good times this residence nay, this steadfast design, is capable of delivering in spades.

24 Bayley Gve, Doncaster VIC

An now the devastating flipside. A demise wrought by a change in city and a 1.5 million dollar price difference. Though displaying very similar design, materials and aesthetics as Hogarth Rd in Panorama, an indicator of great later period Australian Modernism and so obviously architect designed, it is not enough to save it. For Bayley now lives in a land of only two understood options – ‘development’ driven wealth creation and the invitation to showcase your insecurity via a personal brand of clueless, faux-all bombast. Soon that wonderful joinery, brick, tile, huge panes of glazing, clearstory windows and cathedral ceilings will be gone in a haze of abstract paperwork and temporary fencing, to be replaced no doubt with all that is grey, insipid and jerry built. Vale.

9 Hogarth Rd, Panorama SA

Like so many things – be they animal, vegetable or mineral – to shower respect and care, to pay attention and appreciate is to have it thrive. To mistreat, to neglect, to devalue the intrinsic good in something is to chase it to a path of demise. So here we find both extremes. The first (and the success in this tale) is an absolute stunner in the hills of Adelaide. The masterful interiors of this home (and the restrained exteriors) which, in totality, slay the ideal of keeping original whilst being contemporarily liveable must be acknowledged and highly praised here. Kudos to all! Even the sales photography, straight out of Inside Out/Habitus/Design Files, underlines the sheer beauty and joy of owning this home. The brick, the tiles, those soaring ceilings, the timber, the cork, even the St George oven – all here, all appreciated, all presented unmolested for maximum beauty. If only all homeowners had such integrity and self-confidence to know what is right and promote their convictions by living example.