1 Rockness Ct, Woodforde SA

Oooohhh weeeee! What we have here is a 1965 Modern classic in original form, materials and design (give or take that 80s colonial green trim, portico and front door). Walk right in, install some more orignal era furniture and you’re good to go.
*Shakes fist* Damn you Adelaide having all the good ones at an achievable price!

78 Cumming St, Blackwood SA

An unmistakeable Modernist line for our first SA offering for 2020. The interior is a little ye olde pine-o, but like so many from this neck of the woods its 100% charm and grace with nothing that can’t be tweaked as dictated by specific taste. A step above from the festival state and we’d expect nothing less.

39A Sheoak Rd, Belair SA

Coming up for air after the whirlwind of travel, meal prep, booze and relative catchups we land in Belair and upon this home of bold architectural choices and a firmly Modern spirit. Already impressive, it could stand a little interior styling and/or pedigree furniture with as much pizzaz as its full-length windows, parquetry and low-slung, horizontal lines.

**Update** We have kindly contacted by the owner who has loved living in this residence stating:
“Living here has been like coming home to a holiday, every day and we look forward to seeing what the next stewards will bring to Sheoak Pine”
and also letting us know about the pool table, which the house was actually built around!
“You will be interested to know the home was built to accommodate a full sized billiard room complete with built-in player seating and bar, all serviced by a dumb waiter to the kitchen above. The full sized Alcock billiard table is over 120 years old and we are hoping it and it’s full suite of accessories will remain in situ as originally intended.”

Just wonderful.

And Now, Some Good News

We always love a little feedback from those buyers out there who have managed to snap up the listed gems MA is dedicated to saving. As times get tiring and bad news abounds here are a few nuggets of joy and jealously for you all as 2019 quickly draws in.
We thank all these lucky ducks for contacting us with kind words and helping us to see that we all are making a difference to promote the joy of Mid-Century design, each in our own small ways.

Firstly down in Geelong we were excited to find out that a creative connection (indie cinema kids par excellence) have bought this lil’ ripper in Belmont with the intention to do her up in a sympathetic way with the help of some local craftspeople to really make it sing! 
“…we are really excited. such a lovely old couple hardly changed anything except adding that abominable ye olde colonial kitchen! ….hoping to get fitout maestro Julian Beattie from makestuff to do kitchen and cabintery….”

While out in the Sunshine Coast (Nambour to be specific) was this architect-designed classic on lush acres to boot, picked up by some local Modernist Australians who know what treasure they have bagged.

This Alexander Knox home (his best ever in our opinion) in Warrandyte was slaying everyone in the aisles back in October and we can report it was very quickly snapped up by a prominent Melbourne photographer and his designer partner, so we can all rest assured that our loss is their gain and is ultimately a win all round for sympathetic ownership of such a breathtaking residence.

While over in Clarence Park, South Australia this lil’ cutie-pie was purchased by some enthusiastic owners who first saw it on MA;
“Myself and my partner are the lucky owners of a house that you featured on your website/Instagram a few months ago. We found out about the house only because we saw your post so firstly, thank you!”
They are now getting down to schooling up on this home and renovating it with a sympathetic hand. We still don’t know what project plan (if any) it was, can anyone help us all out here? 

This astounding example of what we like to dub Marvelous Migrant Melbourne Modern (MMMM) was purchased and will also be well looked after by Mark, as he passed on his cheers to us:
“I was googling our new home after the auction and found your page. Just wanted to reassure you that we are preserving this one! Thanks for the kind words, we also love the style”.
This is a big win for such an intact yet endangered home and suburb.

In a different variation of Melbourne MCM was ‘Armstrong House’ (c.1964) Vermont. This one really pinged our hearts with its intelligent yet modest design and original decor and we were so overjoyed to be contacted by the buyers after purchase who have confirmed it’s not going anywhere;
“We are the very excited new owners of Grove Street in Vermont.  We are so thrilled with the article on your website about our new home and wanted to touch base to let you know that we are planning on keeping ‘Armstrong House‘ and bringing her back to her former glory.  We feel so lucky that we have been entrusted to protect this amazing piece of architecture.”

And finally, a Hobart gobsmacker which ignited moving plans in many a mainland mind earlier in the year. But only one could take it on. One who had already cut his MCM teeth as the previous owner and tireless restorer of this incredible office in regional NSW we listed last year. It was with great joy we were told, by owner Aaron, that the move was now set from Wingham to Wentworth.
“my partner and I have just purchased 16 Wentworth Street South Hobart. Make sure you add a footnote to your post on this one. You’ve got another Scooby Doo ending!”

We wish all these owners the very best in their MCM homes and possible renovation/restoration projects. And good luck too, to all others out there still on the hunt for quality eye candy, inspiration or their forever home. 

14 Daly Street, Clare SA

Vino nerds take note, a mere three-fiddy can find you in this resplendent, clearly architect-designed (maybe a project plan?) residence of solid brick, full-length windows, timber detailing and bathroom goals achieved (if you can see past the Batman angle photographs) in Clare – she of the Clare Valley. Riesling and (more than) reasonably priced housing awaits you all people if you just know where to look.

8 St John Rd, Norton Summit SA

A startling residence siting astride its own mini-kingdom in the Adelaide Hills, as if Walter Gropius himself walked the gum dotted hills 90 years ago and decided this was the place for one of his white Internationalist designs, though the interiors are more in keeping with the actual era of its build (c.1977) with a soaring mezzanine master bedroom, timber lined ceilings, cork flooring and white square mosaic tile bathroom. Both incredibly elegant, intact and appealing this this one-of-a-kind late Modernist residence by architect Geof Nairn is disappointingly (though sadly not surprisingly) not getting the star treatment it deserves in the sales pitch, with who knows what nasty ‘plans’ the agent wants to flog. Ignore them. Be your own baron in a Euro-casa among the vines. Don your straw fedora, set up a long lunch table al fresco under the pergola and damn all those who would see this wonderful set-up gone.  

16 George St, Torrens Park SA

At the time of posting this listing, you have approximately 75 minutes to inspect, line up your financial ducks and bid on this sensational family rambler in Adelaide foothills. A impressive, 2-storey residence (c.1958) it retains all of its era-specific glamour and Mid-Century Modern design which would have been so progressive at the time; walls of windows, mosaic tiled fireplace, in-built joinery, bulkhead lighting, and awesome b&w bathroom of terrazzo and tile (which upon speaking to some new friends at Fibbonaci Stone have advised moulded, recess terrazzo such as this must be created in-situ and it’s unknown if anyone in the country has the skills to do this any more). Get yer skates on – everything points to a keenness to sell (deceased estate maybe?) so it just might be a lil’ bargain going right-under all our noses!

16 Willora Rd, Eden Hills, SA

A world of possibility for Adelaide creative types today. Known (and loved) locally as a well utilised public building for the Eden Hills Uniting Church, it’s days of hosting playgroups and prayer groups have come to an end and, like so many of the traditional religious bodies, the Church now seeks a sell-off. For those unfettered by the normie concerns of finance, building codes and bush fires this presents as a goldmine in options, as a residence-cum-performance space-cum-party venue-cum-art studio-cum-whoknowswhat. Just change those hideous colonial entry doors and its Mid-Century Modern, clearly architect conceived design including; steel truss skillion ceiling, banks of window, stone feature wall and cream brick construction beckons the bold and the beauty-bound alike.

13 Valley Rd, Highbury SA

We’ve finally listed this bad boy, after sitting around for ages, because we simply couldn’t forget the daring-do individualism tucked within this solid, low-slung Mid-Century design. Kidney-shaped lighting feature, internal planter, split levels and neato stacked brick are just a few of the joys to be found here, just waiting for a skilled hand and wise eye to make them sing a cohesive tune once more. 

10 James Rd, Belair SA

Another slice of hilltop potential divinity we’d do anything to sink our teeth into. A split level, c.1962, architect’s* own family home on acres with views all over the shop. And at under $600k there may be a bit left to consolidate some textures, celebrate some features (we know that bathroom will set a few of your off as will the seagrass wallpaper, split levels and brilliant walls of glass) and bring it back from the brink. As a deceased estate sell-off it doesn’t get much more of a canny buy than this. Get going!

*Achitects as yet unknown.