16 Rowans Rd, Highett VIC

Gah! We are kicking ourselves we’ve let this one slide for too long and now it’s under offer. Though not wanting to puff our chests too much it’s endangered rippers like this one we have the most chance of saving from the dozer or horrific on-trend-for-6-months do over because though still expensive, it may have been within reach of one of you – someone the nous and style to see this c.1965, Nino Sydney ‘Quarterdeck’ project home (the follow on from his Pan Pacific design)* of washed dun tones and timber ceiling stunner for it’s immense inherent beauty and tease it out just a tiny bit more with a light freshen up. Who knows? Maybe that has indeed happened. We cross our fingers and hope for the best.

*With thanks to Steven Coverdale at MCDA for the info and the brochure image.

4 Kirriemuir St, Hamlyn Heights VIC

Kerrimuir Street. Once a hushed secret has fast become a golden mile of Mid-Century abodes in the northern Geelong suburbs and it’s with baited breath we’ve been waiting for this house, number 4, all week (we had the inside scoop from the rightfully proud, MCM loving agent). So now presenting a crown jewel* which we have posted once before in 2012 (now lost in the ether of our archives). And with the history of this home now for all to see, what we ultimately discover is a fairytale applicable to any domestic MCM house in Australia should it ever be as fortunate; a loved but worn family home of middle age > to doleful, tired rental in 2008 > just barely gussied up for sale in 2012 > bought, remodelled and refurbished by only the most insightful, restrained and loving hand > to finally now re-enter the market in dazzling triumph! We can offer nothing but rousing huzzahs and admiration to Peter Woolard at Studio 101 for this lesson in bringing a lovely, humble MCM possibility into a brilliant future secured.
So many of you, our dear readers, contact us seeking advice on how to renovate and restore your own recent Mid-Century purchases and all we can say is – look at this, for this is indeed how it’s done.

*A Lend Lease project home ‘Pan Pacific’ design from Nino ‘Beachcomber’ Sydney, no less.

717 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah NSW

Calling all free spirits out there, have we got a place for you! An original 1962 Beachcomber in the hinter-heartland of Australia’s alternative tribes. If you’d love to live in an iconic Mid-Century project design complete with colour-wild interiors, stunning north facing balcony and pool but can’t be too far away from your Reiki Healer or crystals/seitan/tincture purveyor then this could be the answer to all your self-actualisations.*

*vaccinations optional



830a Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach NSW

Continuing on the beach theme, it doesn’t get more enticing than this. A 100% genuine (by the looks) Beachcomber in fantastic condition (we’ll just ignore that kitchen for the time being and direct our loving gaze towards that living room and deck – oh me oh my!) and what’s more; a sales pitch which revels in its Mod design and setting with nary a STCA in sight! Hooray for everything!