114 Walsh Cres, North Nowra NSW

Word of the day: “Geo lunch-cutting”

Meaning: (In a housing context) the inability to secure the affordable residence of dreams because you are socially and financially tied to a location over 800kms away from said residence.

In other words, you are some lucky buggers up there on the NSW south coast that’s for sure. 

53 Northumberland Rd, Pascoe Vale VIC

Holy Moley, Mary and geeze. This, for many of you dear readers, might actually be the one. Situated in the ever expanding Melbourne northside ripple close to all the good stuff yet on a large and impossibly beautiful landscaped patch, this never-before-sold treasure (like North Warrandyte before it) is in immaculate condition curtesy of its original owners. That’s right, never before sold (the gawdaful McMansions on either side tell the sad tale) and sublime in its integral design, layout and materials. And…..Pool! Once again this absolute gem is best seen in the pics to be sighed and sighed over again, so we’ll stop talking so you can keep clicking. 

16 Valentine Cres, Valentine NSW

Ease into the (long)weekend with some Beachcomber brilliance. Sit on that unchanged balcony and work on your retiree game soaking up the rays and water views with the paper and nice cuppa your boon companions. Inside, the vestiges of time past stand firm including a beaut stone fireplace, that simple open floor plan, some snazzy breeze block walls and iron balustrading in one of the best examples of this design we’ve seen in a very long time. 

‘Sherwood’ 98 Mountain Straight, Mount Panorama NSW

Would could fill this spiel with endless car puns and racing analogies or we could admit defeat immediately and refer you all to the photos, because in all honesty, we can’t do this justice in acceptable from. Whatismore is mystery abounds; who was the architect? What is the floorplan? Who were the owners of this super-swingin’ entertainer- were they a subset of the high-rollin’ racecar fraternity? Between the brilliant and bold design, the brick/timber/tile aesthetic, the scenic 10 acres and the pure 70s casa party vibes we have too many frantic questions! 

PS We highly recommend watching the video for this one – there is much more within than the stills can convey………

‘Carter House’ 66 Edward St, Cumberland Park SA

An earlier Modernist home from the similarly early hand of notable Canberra based architect William(Bill) Batt. Whilst finalising his qualifications with an internship at the South Australian Housing Trust in 1953, the soon to be architect was commissioned to build a family home by a young Mrs Carter (who had been forced from the same workplace due to her recent marriage – boo!). The result is this barely changed beauty resplendent with stunning retro details and bespoke furniture which, at time of completion, attracted its share onlookers and photo-takers, so unusual and progressive a design for the times it was. 65 years on and Mrs Carter’s time to sell up is now, the family would dearly love to pass this home to another owner to be cherished as it has been for already one lifetime, so let’s see if we can help them in this quest. 

‘Reade House’ 14 Lorraine Dve, Briar Hill VIC

One frenzy over, another begins.
Charles Duncan’s work (always a firm fav with you all) has revealed itself once more with an absolute pearler new to market. According to Steven at MCDA the origin story tells of a family in 1966 with a limited budget but desiring eye for Modern architecture (sound familiar?) having watched with interest the build of Charles Duncan’s Williams House in Eaglemont (which we listed only last year). Though they assumed the architect wouldn’t bother with the small commission they had in mind, they approached him nonetheless. Fortunately he did take it on and here is the result; a (now) 3 bedroom home with the home office of dreams (added by Duncan again at some later date) in his trademark hefty forms, earthy materials and wonderful spaces in one of the best examples we’ve seen yet. With a parade of extra brownie points; excellent condition, large bushland garden, pool and the wonderful idiosyncratic details which make architect designed homes just that bit more magical; inbuilt child’s bunks, joinery and gorgeous minimal fireplace this one, in these dry summer conditions, is sure to start a wildfire. 

30 Loch Ave, St Kilda East VIC

As a heavy newsweek and heatwave conspire to drag us all under,  let us break out and dip our toes in the lime green plush and wild glam of this freaky Friday ripper. By a miracle of circumstance, (though it must be said happily oft cited in these parts) we can enjoy all the untempered flamboyance of another era; the glitz and desire, the incredible bespoke joinery and the textile and decor choices only exhibited in the most bold of ‘contemporary’ homes these days, such freedom of expression now only seemingly assumed by those with the money, connections and/or self esteem to not give a damn about resale value or scoring a feature in middle-of-the-road house mags. Refreshing of the spirit and joyful to the gaze, turn up Missy and get ur freak on.

26 Kethel Rd, Cheltenham NSW

Next up, this lovely Pettit & Sevitt which was thoughtfully extended in 1984 by Anne Colville Architects, with a split level lounge added, among other nifty changes, ensuring that the smaller footprint typical to original P&S designs, was expanded to accommodate the needs of late twentieth century expectations of space, without compromising the signature cream and timber interiors. The present owners have continued to embrace this essential earthiness and now would dearly love a new owner to take over the reigns and continue on this way.