30 Loch Ave, St Kilda East VIC

As a heavy newsweek and heatwave conspire to drag us all under,  let us break out and dip our toes in the lime green plush and wild glam of this freaky Friday ripper. By a miracle of circumstance, (though it must be said happily oft cited in these parts) we can enjoy all the untempered flamboyance of another era; the glitz and desire, the incredible bespoke joinery and the textile and decor choices only exhibited in the most bold of ‘contemporary’ homes these days, such freedom of expression now only seemingly assumed by those with the money, connections and/or self esteem to not give a damn about resale value or scoring a feature in middle-of-the-road house mags. Refreshing of the spirit and joyful to the gaze, turn up Missy and get ur freak on.

1/100 Hotham St, St Kilda East VIC

Behind this tired brick facade and overgrown garden sits a secretly sensational home of considered floor plan and sophisticated interiors, including that superb ‘sunroom’. The dearly departed owner clearly kept their home in wonderful, unmolested condition and it now sits ready – a near perfect southside pad (now the Espy is back up!) – ideally to be taken on by someone who’ll know to keep those light fittings exactly where they are.

 

‘Ryttner House’ 9 Bickhams Crt, St Kilda East VIC

Woah, woah WOAH kids – the year is ending and the market is going hog-wild so naturally up pops another absolute killer. An already quintessential c.1962 home by Melbourne Mid-Century architect-about-town (and of European émigré stock) Harry Ernest, which has been lovingly lived in and renovated with aplomb by designer owner Roger Ward for the last 16 years. The end result being a revision splendid of new with utmost adoration for old that will rightfully send us all into cascades of oohs, ahhhs, rude words and quickpick purchases. Now having seen a couple of other magnificent (and high-end) do-ups in the area we must declare that homes in this Migrant Melbourne Modern belt possess the attributes of preserved and exceptional luxe, bespoke flair and venerable European edge which lend themselves perfectly to dedicated, daring and damn fun updates such as we see here. It’s all shag rugs, poolside cocktails and swingin’ times from here on out!**

With offer thanks and credit to  MCDA (join up today gang) and its knowledgeable brains trust for some important details pertaining to the age of this home, the richness of the entire street (Holgar & Holgar being updated up the road too yay!) and the photos of the build from the owner (don’t tell Worksafe!). Check its very own Intsa page for more images and bravo to the owner and the agents for such a joyful celebration of Modernist Australia habitationi at it best!

**1970s copper fireplace outside? A masterstroke. Get ready to see that everywhere gang.

1 Cardigan St, St Kilda East VIC

Back down the east coast and into Marvellous Migrant Melbourne country. This untouched residence has incredible scope for a refresh whilst maintaining high fidelity to its MCM heritage and design. The joy of these larger homes, born from a european eye, is the masterful craftsmanship and larger scale which lends themselves to an easy morph from post-war elite into contemporary desire. You only need to read today’s good news across the way at 36 Martin St, Brighton to see the solution to protecting these solid brick sensations; a considered renovation or refurb will ignite imaginations and fervour as it stands, supplanting the passion of those who seek the mindless cash grab options of demolition and or mutilation.

26/20 Shirley Gve, St Kilda East VIC

When the sun beats down and the city the concrete holds heat for days nothing is more enticing than an apartment surrounded by greenery. This beautiful cream brick residence already a winner, is enhanced by some very cute exotica styling – bamboo railing, island blue walls and starburst clock. Bring on a Mai Tai summer.

183 Orrong Rd, St Kilda East VIC

It’s not a showcase of Melbourne’s finest suburbs without a submission from one of our most beloved. A part of the city where the Twentieth Century worlds of migration, European sensibility and intellect, design and craftsmanship collided to produce the seemingly endless wide streets of stunning abodes, of which this is a typical example. Adorned with still unmolested fittings and wild fabrics, incredible joinery and a light touch of old-country gilt glamour, these homes also speak of their owners intelligence with solar passive principals at play; they are light, spacious, flowing, progressive* and speak of new dreams and a new start.

*and what damned regression we see now, ‘a fantastic opportunity for creating an architectural masterpiece (STCA).’ indeed.