Love the idea of a sprawling party pad packed with Mid-Century charm and sizzle? Got no chance of buying a house because you were born into the wrong time and wrong wealth bracket? Fear not – the new normal of whole-of-life sharehousing is here! So grab 6 of your best mates (with or without partners) split this rent and party down. We say, on this Friday afternoon, when life gives you lemons – make a daiquiri!
We loved this one this one when it was for lease, but we’re putting it up again because now it’s for sale. Ohh wee! Already in perfect presentation, this is a ripper for those who love their MCM all ready to roll.
An unrivalled bushland bonanza of no ordinary origins here but rather a c.1975/76, mint condish Merchant Builders/Graeme Gunn colab within their planned mini-estate of Keraboit Gully. You can read the full intent in the original sales brochure here. But below is a taster
“The Concept. We don’t think of Keraboite Gully simply as “a development”. We think of it as a planned community of individual houses, where every detail- will contribute to an overall sense of harmony. Our principle aim is to make the most of the natural environment, and. to offer an attractive and workable alternative to the monotony of conventional development.”
How utterly familiar in intention and spirit this is to anyone taken by contemporary architect-led developments of higher ideals* (over simple return for financial investment) in this day and age. How trailblazing and yet sadly so cast by the wayside these concepts have been for the last 40 years!
Owner, Richard, has done a considered job of keeping this marvellous example of late Modern project housing intact with the a modest kitchen update merely reinforcing how such an aged residence remains timeless and seamless with its elemental materials and deference to the environment. We’d like to assume the new owners take on and embrace the similar spirit and immerse themselves fully in this home’s shining success in tranquil, comfortable and elemental bushland living.
*And if great architectural/development groups reading this want to branch out into regional Victoria to continue this particular bushland, lower density housing legacy – we’re on board – just sayin’.
Another result of hard toil by a dedicated owner with drool-worthy results. It’s been a while since we’ve showcased some mount Eliza magic, but we can always rely on that particular peninsula pinnacle to never fail in delivering the most sublime spreads in the entire state of Victoria. Once gain our internal monologue confidently claims “this would do us quiet nicely, quite nicely indeed.”
Trawling through so many places we never listed and found this absolute ripper which fell through the net. For lease at the time (earlier this year), it has been well and truly snapped up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate it now does it?
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.”
In a word – YES! A pure pleasure. Nothing to do here but enjoy it from the very first second you arrive. Quite rightfully loved by its present owner and no doubt to be cherished by the next. Could that be you?
Mount Eliza, a bushland bastion of some great MCM architecture and here is a lovely example. A little done up (though great to see that cork still come through in the kitchen) but ultimately a private, sophisticated and serene home with architectural merit out the wahzoo and the bonus of feature wall from the golden age of ceramic design and exploration. Dig that pool.
Only a true master of irony would suggest that demolishing a simple, light filled, well-crafted home (c.1960s), complete with large paned glazing, beautiful timber joinery and flooring from ‘yesteryear’ would be the desire of a ‘Modernist’. Jonesy, you have placed yourself as clear frontrunner for the MA philistine of the year award with just one sentence – quite a feat.