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. 

59a Red Chapel Ave, Sandy Bay TAS

An intriguing offering tonight in Tasmania. From the hand of the man who is claimed to have brought Modernist architecture to the Apple Isle, Esmond Dorney (not least sampled via his own wonderful residence in Hobart, now owned by the local council and which you can hire for any variation of funtimes) is this c.1971 home in the premier suburb of said same southernmost capital. This stuanch, rectangular 2-storey structure of alternating glass and cement brick with paneling finishing every surface internally (did they not enjoy exposed brick indoors we wonder?) it seems pretty close to original intention (though that paint and glass balustrade is a bit ….hmmmmm) and it is testament to the progressiveness of this design that the bathroom, thought completely era-specific also, looks somewhat old fashioned in comparison to the rest (though not as old fashioned as the studio cottage which transports one back to the olde timey darkness of colonial days – brrrrrr.)

41 Fisher Ave, Sandy Bay TAS

Not as cut-price as some other Tassie fare, but when you have a magically northern orientated residence complete with gorgeous elements such as stacked brickwork, sweeping roofline and immaculate floor corkage all within in the fanciest suburb on the island, then it’s still a barg. Having undergone a fairly neato reno – old pics indicate the removal of one wall to open up the living/dining, and a fairly restrained bathroom do up – this one is a ripper for moving straight in to enjoying immediately and easily, like Sunday morning.

18 Vaux St, West Launceston TAS

A lil’ cutie pie MCM starter pack. Everything is here you need and importantly comes along in lovely, intact condition. West Lonnie once again proves it has great  Mid-Cenutry form and best of all the price range which put it on the table for most.

20 Beach Rd, Legana TAS

Mainlanders, we’d stress before checking this listing closer you affix yourself to your positions – rope, cable ties or perhaps nail through the feet will come in handy handy to combat your instant questioning of everything you hold dear about your present life, housing stock, affordability and access to nature, for this residence will force those questions upon you whether you are prepared or not. And any firmly held fears about taking up in a small, northern Tassie hamlet; a dour malaise, the conservatism, the sheer inability to get anything other than fish n’ chips on a Friday night might very well be pushed aside once this beautiful set-up enters the fray. Architect designed (surely?), stunning timber and stone work, split level studio space, immaculate condition, positoned under achingly blue skies with plenty of gardens, Tamar views and all well under $500k.
It may be time to reassess.

209 Marys Hope Rd, Rosetta TAS

Hopes and dreams fullfilled right here friends with this all original beauty of sweeping sea/sky views from that dynamic pitched wall of North-East glazing, plus spotless timber, stone fireplace and gardens going on forever. And the classic Tasmanian cherry on top of this lucious prize? An asking price of just over $400k. Get going kids!

2 Hawley Esplanade, Hawley Beach TAS

As we dispense with 2019 secular seasonal markers one by one, the footy finals just past and Term 4 beginning, the mind menders over to the familiar terrain of Christmas logistics and even the Summer beyond. Let us warm up your nostalgia and provide you with work-week inspiration with this classic, Modern, Australian beach shack. Unchanged and unconcerned by contemporary trends, wealth or technology. Just a simple fibro home, sitting in the arvo sun wherein to base your holiday time. 

16 Wentworth St, South Hobart TAS

Posthaste to the chiase gang, lest your knees buckle for this one, as the kids like to say, slays.
From the very outset the stunning timber and brick countenance with white window detail, to the interior skillion beamed living and considered expanses of glazing (bedecked with an awesome never-before seen chevron light fitting) is not only of an inconceivably spotless and original condition but is even furnished with a pared back simplicity which suggests a certain itegrity of the owner, all of which conspire to make this home easily the best Tassie contribution of the year thus far. As with the cream of the crop, we’ll let the photos mostly do the talking, but not without a warning that such unmolested originality must not fall into the hands of a self-styled renovator whose only concept of ‘improvement’ is to thickly apply white paint and cesar stone to any and any and all surfaces, as the the agent declares:
“it is unsullied by insensitive attempts at renovation and retains all of it’s cool, retro chic – characteristics that are so often sought out or emulated today, but rarely found.” 
Indeed Kim*, we are all with you on that. 

*Speaking of the agent we must make note here that the startling brilliance of this home is utterly matched by the learned and appreciative sales pitch by said agent, to which we give a solemn Orson Wells ovation – Brava! 

158A Steele St, Devonport TAS

Neat, stright and true. This little ripper with just enough Mid-Cenutry vibe but also plenty of scope to open it up and see where you can go. And really, a whole house, in this condish with these lovely pared back lines starting at $200k? Yep, it’s not a bad prospect all round. 

64 Gascoyne St, Kings Meadows TAS

Reading through the agents blurb we’re not too sure if this was the work of Thomas Tandy, or rather a local example comparable to his architecture, which is a roundabout way of saying this is an elegant slice of Mid-Century Modernist domesticity in the ‘hood. Though the images are a little obstructed by furnishings we are turning down the snark today and are simply happy to celebrate that this rather gorgeous little home of concrete brick and butterfly roofline which has been looked after, remains unextended and intact.