4 Selbourne Ave, Rostrevor SA

We all know real estate agents get a bad rap but sometimes, just sometimes, that asessment is spot on. Take this residence for example, an incrediblly elegant, intact Mid-Cenutry home of rare architectural nouse. Now check the excrement planned to be piled up on the site, after the bulldozers have wiped any semlbence of this residence and accompanying garden. Blah.
Here’s a tip for free Alex ol’ mate; BUILDING DESIGNERS ARE NOT ARCHITECTS. Without opening up a Roman coliseum’s worth of fights over performance, snobbery and experiences, the plain truth is that what is being proposed here has no design merit whatsoever and is something AI could spit out if the imput data included the keywords: bloated, depressing, environmental ignorance & cookie cutter. And this is what you get when you equate a person with zero creditials and zero study of design somehow on par with those spend 5 years (and the rest) investigating the boundless discipline and history of architecture before they even start practising. And of course there are some sensational building designers, just as there are some godawful architects, but to not even understand the difference and the wildly varying degree in which design is understood and implemented by each suggests a kind of ignorance which would (in other fields) see the local mechanic design the new Tesla or the beauty therapist down the street to perform skin grafts (though to be fair, these professionals also require solid accrediation too, unlike self proclaimed building designers). 

Anyway, just a little something we wanted to get off our chest.

Someone please buy this gorgeous (and deserving-to-survive) house. 

 

76 Aldgate Valley Rd, Aldgate SA

A  major entry in the glamour stakes and something to get those juices flowing this Friday knock-off is this unbelievably beautiful 1960s home which has undergone, to our minds, a praise-worthy contemporary up-do. Though the ubiquitous white paint is a major player here it is gratifying to see the retention of those undeniably Mid-Century features which are so precious, yet so rudely discarded in the hands of lesser renovators, specifically the parquetry, stonework and timber detailing. Throw in acres of uninterrupted floor to ceiling glazing, butterfly roofline, promising landscaping and accomplished styling up the wizz-way and you”ll be humming Farnsey* unironically all weekend. 

*Level 2 earworm warning.

13 Frank St, Para Hills SA

With similar style homes of a comparable condition in this ‘burg selling for only the high 200s, one wonders what alternative universe is gripping this state, sucking all into a vortex of supreme affordability. Let’s not question it too deeply, instead let us simply state – for those who love a bargain (or a swingin’ first home) you can’t bag a genuine MCM ripper for much less than this in any of this nation’s capitals.

62 Hillcrest Dve, Eden Hills SA

The market might be slowing but it’s not backwards (just yet anyways) and tonight we inflict yet another cut of 1000 to our eastern seaboard souls in the form of this off the charts, 1960s ripper of Nino-Sydney-rectangular- double-storey profile, timber interiors, walls of windows, complimentary tiki bar, massive yard dotted with mature spruce (or are they fir?) all for a pre 2000 price (quoting $449k). Gahhhhhh! Adelaide, we could kill you (or move into you) in a heartbeat.

8 Hillside Dve, Campbelltown SA

A fairly modest, suburban home reveals itself to possess wonderful lines and a steadfast progressive design directly from the 1960s. Fereday Homes is a new one for us and a burl on the ‘Googs isn’t giving it up – so who of you knows the score? We’d imagine judging by this example that Fereday Homes is an architect led-project housing group not unlike Merchant Builders of Victoria? In any case, this solid residence in great condition and with the burgeoning promise of a sensational native garden is a truly great pick up for those so inclined and in the vicinity.

**Update** Architectural historian extraordinaire Simon Reeves has lent his superior brain power and informed us about Fereday Homes to wit:
“It traced its origins back to 1948, when British builder Stan Fereday (1902-1963) came out here with a team of tradies and established a factory to make timber components for residential construction. The firm, based in the Adelaide suburb of Cudmore Park, was known as Feredays Ltd and its original architect was J S Hall. They went on develop many housing estates using a catalogue of standard house designs, and also undertook contracts for the SA Housing Trust. Stan’s son Michael (1935-2014) established his own project housing offshoot, Michael Faraday Homes, in 1973.”

30 Eden Ave, Bellevue Heights SA

An original beaut updated with a rather demure makeover which nonetheless fails the hide the swing within (oh those stairs and bathroom cabinets!). With an enviable price range and room to spare we could see a bold and beautiful transformation here, breathing in a little more spark and fizz deserving of such an example of Mid-Century progressive design. Get stuck in people. 

6 Perseverance Rd, Tea Tree Gully SA

Not being locals we suspect that the delightful sounding Tea Tree Gully is perhaps a little less desirable than certain other locales in Adelaide, reflected in the price tag of this lovely Modern (c.1963) residence. Constructed in solid brick, expanses of glazing and lovely accents in knotty pine and stone this seems like a great pick up, comfy as is but ripe for a little, considered refresh too. 

55 Sunnyside Rd, Glen Osmond SA

This dreamy family home, a time stamp of its era, seemingly air-locked around 1970 and only now being entered by outsiders, is sending many of you into sentimental spins of delight. Maybe it’s the lighting or the decor comprising a veritable bouquet of floral wall papers, timber lined interiors, acid-toned tiles and the bar (oh that bar!) which hints at a possible location within the Wes Anderson universe. Indeed we would be not surprised upon inspection to see Bill Murray fixing himself a fresh japanese slipper downstairs or an industrious boy writing love letters on personally monogrammed stationary in the den/study. Whatever your take, we’d love to see the new owner/s somehow incorporate this vintage charm within any ‘update’ for it’s easy, nay, pedestrian to paint everything in white but it is much rarer and more beautiful to keep character and idiosyncratic vibes alive.