1 Latham Dve, Portsea VIC

Radiating the kind of sun-kissed beauty going hand-in-glove with fresh scrubbed skin, long sunsets and glowing kids (or adults) running amuck is this gorgeous Peninsula beach house. Though in a posh part of the blue ribbon state, this hushed and hidden home is one for those who eschew the migrational rah-rah – the over-catered, celebrity affairs in mansions with tennis courts and accruing 900k Insta followers to validate it all, preferring instead long BBQ lunches with drop-ins on the deck, chasey with the kids in the ti-trees and/or a spot of cards in the lounge room after a big day in the surf. We’d hope that this unassuming venue for low-key holidays with genuine relaxation and connection at its core could stay exactly as it has done since 1968, for there is no better environment for such living than a place like this. 

21 Parker St, Anglesea VIC

The text book. The template. The Class A in our taxonomy of The Australian Mid-Century Beach House; this beautiful, basic home of board, timber and large sections of glass speaks volumes about a certain set of priorities (hint- it’s not fancy appliances and butler’s pantries). In peak summer break and with the new year ticking over many of us attempt to rediscover what is important and act accordingly making time for family, friends, self, quiet, fun and nature. No other architecture to our mind compliments this recalibration of values and provides the perfect environment in which to achieve it. 

12 Island View Cres, Encounter Bay SA

Our throats constrict from a wave of nostalgia which, at every click of this listing, pounds and tumbles us through memories of places, weather and moments now gone. This little holiday home in a small coastal town is the unrivalled epitome of pure Australian downtime. Though stunningly spartan it holds the essentials for play, relaxation, gatherings and contemplative stillness with the scent of sea, wind and sunlight a major player. All set to go with a solid table for long dinners and afternoons of Uno battles between cousins, a long living room with vast picture windows leading out to lawn with chairs acting as sentinel posts for all-day conversations whilst observing the endless comings and goings. The sleeping and utility rooms are meditatively bare though the entirety is augmented with heart pinging, evocative detail; silver saucer cupboard pulls, gorgeous track shelving unit and a wonderful bathroom, so pedestrian in its time which would now cost a fortune to replicate today. All in all this is pure Australian beach shack perfection and if the systems of the universe were to program our eternal home in The Good Place, we suspect it’s resemblance to this little seaside building would be uncanny.

*With thanks to thelocalmodernist for spotting this one.

41A Beach Rd, St Leonards VIC

Summer’s not over just yet and there’s always room for another Mid-Century beach shack displaying many traits which confirm their place in the Australian Modernist canon. Floor to ceiling windows, modest dimensions and open, utilised living spaces free of any superfluous detail or expense. A place to sleep and eat but then otherwise act as a base to pursue the active and outdoor pleasures of coastal holiday making.