The Quaterdeck, Middle Cove NSW

We Venture way out of our own date bounaries today as we have no idea of build date (but suspect it’s a bit later than the 1970s) . Nonetheless, we’ve had so many little fixer-uppers lately we thought a detour to where the .03% lives would be a nice timewaster. Admittedly Frank Lloyd Wright’s name does get bandied about these days with a frequency exceeding his actual influence or works, however this does seem more than most to replicate that heft, the dark drama, the materials and the wild geometry of the early Modenrist’s work – and that fireplce is really something. The bonus here that, although infuenced enough to be close to imitation and despite our thoughts that this architecture is generally more harmonious with its geographical origins (that is to say some icy, Illionis paddock) you can’t escape the gorgeousness of its location here, one of the most beautiful urban suburbs in the world, the bushland harbour enclave of Middle Cove, Sydney. One can only guess what the throat drying weekly rate is for this rental, though for us looking for a bit of mid-week eye candy, thats the least of our concerns. Enjoy!

215 Kooyong Rd, Toorak VIC

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.

26 Clovelly Cres, Lynwood WA

One for the treasure hunters out west. This astounding rental is hiding itself under a thick patina of neglect, but those with MCM eyes can instantly pick up the glimmer just below. Not just another rundown 50 year old building of questionable materials waiting for the planning permit to kick in so it can be swept away. no, this one has class, intention of design (architect or architect designed project surely?) and crafted features which are a little mind blowing for such an outwardly appearing wreak – Parquetry, solid masonry (including those wowee breeze block courtyards) and those wild internal glass and joinery dividers/shelving. All of which can be revived and restored with a considered overhaul. Perhaps it’s just a matter of sweet-talking the landlord into a sale?

4 / 247 Glen Eira Rd, Caulfield North VIC

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.

118 Mt Joy Rd, Cressy TAS

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.

6 Alberon St, Wishart QLD

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.

25 Tasmania Circle, Forrest ACT

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!

20 King St, Wauchope NSW

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.

6 Jutland Pde, Dalkeith WA

Its always super exciting to post up the opportunity to live in a bona fide amazeballs Mid-Century home, this one right on the river with an immaculate timber and painted brick schema and a distinct Japanese design influence, without the million dollar price tag. That’s rental living for you, in this case you get the very best of the west, without having mining magnate on your CV. Diggit!