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Didn’t have a casual $5.5 million (don’t forget that stamp duty now) back in ’15 to pick up this sensational slice of solid 70s? Looks like someone did and now they’re happy to let it sit around empty, that is, until they let it out. Here is yet another chance to pool those friends and finances and live it up in true Melbourne mogul style, if only for a little while.

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A rather astounding find in WA. An early (for Australia) and most certainly architect conceived foray into Modernist theory of design and construction. With a boldly experimental construction on a large sloped site featuring double story walls of glazing over the lower living area, step-up split level open kitchen/dining zone and then following up the metal detailed staircase and balcony to mezzanine sleeping quarters bringing to our minds more than a passing reminder of Boyd’s own Walsh Street home – with perhaps even that same rosy carpet (?!). In close to total original condition, seemingly empty and never before sold we can only marvel at the possible history and Modernist Australian narrative contained in this property. We dearly hope it can all be revealed before the mechanism of the market decides to move in and erase any trace of it. 

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To those cynics out there who claim that this ‘fad’ of Mid-Century Modernist design is only for the wealthy, who deride it as a cycling ‘trend’ for bored housewives-cum-influencers or snooty architecture nerds with effortless incomes – we say pooh pooh! In the spirit of considered design for the masses as it shimmered and spread across all corners of our country at the time, here is a classic example of not only the beautiful internationalist aesthetic but also unrivaled affordability. Hats off to those clued in cool-cats who know what they have with this one, and have sought to celebrate it with a pared-back and retrained refresh (even if it’s not even noticed by the agent!). A simple stunner to see in your weekend. 

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An original beaut updated with a rather demure makeover which nonetheless fails the hide the swing within (oh those stairs and bathroom cabinets!). With an enviable price range and room to spare we could see a bold and beautiful transformation here, breathing in a little more spark and fizz deserving of such an example of Mid-Century progressive design. Get stuck in people. 

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Already in a successful partnership building the Australian modern project home legacy that is ‘Pettit & Sevitt’, architect Ken Woolley and the Petitt’s then collaborated for one very personal vision – the family home. Displaying many traits of the architect, as seen in their set house plans (though obviously opting for varnished pine over mission brown stained internal timbers) this very large and primo positioned home looks to have undergone a few updates in recent years, though nothing which couldn’t be stripped back (is that render?) and brought more in line, elementally, with the unsurpassed pure Sydney gorgeousness of its native environs. 

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From the land of the Queen and on this ceremonial weekend birthday, we present a ground-up, sleeves-up renovation rescue calling for grit, cash and vision. A hybrid of Mid-Century and Queenslander traits where the enclosed sleepout with louvered windows overlooks a breeze-blocked pool and cabana set up this residence has much going for it (asbestos extension aside) including parquetry flooring, the bathroom tile, an open breezy plan and of course the aforementioned pool and gardens. Many of you will click on this one and shudder at the work, the materials or question the design value but we feel there is significant and integral Australian charm here and is worth a crack at least. 

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Not being locals we suspect that the delightful sounding Tea Tree Gully is perhaps a little less desirable than certain other locales in Adelaide, reflected in the price tag of this lovely Modern (c.1963) residence. Constructed in solid brick, expanses of glazing and lovely accents in knotty pine and stone this seems like a great pick up, comfy as is but ripe for a little, considered refresh too. 

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Two certainties are apparent here:

  1. This home is one of magical Mid-Century Modern expression, even if we only glance at 2 images. That streetface alone; a skillion roofed, geometric configuration of textures –  brick, stone, windows, and panel, is enough to get us salivating. Timber interiors, clever living/sleeping zoning and that to-die-for mature garden all contributing to excel the heart-rate.
  2. This home is on deathwatch. It is being sold off in concert with 117 nextdoor (a rather lovely clinker brick residence of a sensible size, acceptable condition and similarly breathtaking gardens) seemingly at the mercy of fiscal gluttons who’s only metric of worth (self or otherwise) is the sum of bedrooms and portion of marble one may squeeze onto 2/3rd of an acre. Ew.

Can someone, anyone step in? Is there any money left in Sydders not hoarded by the aesthetically and spiritually stunted? So many events of late have made us so very unsure and less optimistic of such hopes. Let’s put it to the universe that we may be proven wrong. 

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Perth Modernists this month is yours, for as well as being able to peruse a current Iwan Iwanoff residence on the market in Menora, accomplished architectural photographer Jack Lovel is holding a celluloid celebration of the man and his works, with opening night on the 19th of this month! Get on down to There Is Studio in Northbridge to see ‘The Architecture of Iwan Iwanoff – through the lens of Jack Lovel’  for 10 days only.

“The Architecture of Iwan Iwanoff – through the lens of Jack Lovel”
There Is Studio
49 Stuart St, Northbridge (Cnr. Fitzgerald St)
Open 10-3pm daily
June 20-30

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Almost exactly 2 years ago we listed this Iwanoff beauty and here we go again because we’d never shirk the opportunity to show it off for those who may have missed it the first time. Very nicely refurbed and impeccably furnished it reaffirms the timelessness of classic Australian Modernist architecture in presenting as the kind of home which could have been built last year, rather than 50s years ago in 1969. 

For more Iwanoff goodness, check the upcoming Iwanoff photography exhibition in our news spot. 

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