8 Ford Ave, Torrens Park SA

Another very intact c.1950s original which has also been lovingly and expertly renovated – geeze there are some clever peeps about. This one includes a rather stunning pool area and (we think) the perfect contemporary duel-level plan of family on top and spillover guests/parties/teens/nana down below. Let’s not forget to mention the exquisite stonework, timber, kitchen and balustrade detailing all brought together in perfect presentation. Big props to these vendors, we think you’ll have a well-earned bun-fight on your hands over this wonderful treasure.

21 Beasley Street, Torrens ACT

It’s nearly five on Friday arvo, time to grab that knock off, lean back and click through some MCM fantasy-camp fodder of the highest order with this jaw-dropper, proving once again that our capital is all at once political cesspit and progressive architectural place to be. We won’t say too much – the photos are again rather good – but to note that the more crafty homes (that neat-o thatched ceiling & stone paving) is especially alluring to us right now, softening those gorgeous straight lines and high-minded Modern design with a bit of Canyon Lady courtyard breeze.

12 Newark Rd, Torrens Park SA

When the term ‘rental’ comes up many of us refer to student day cliches – a John Birmingham-esq vision of messy shared houses and flats, with larger homes maybe spacious enough for bikes parked in the hallway yet worn down by years of tenancy and little upkeep. Outside toilets, overgrown veggie patches, the Goon of Fortune wheel as perhaps the one defining landscaping feature. We do not think glamour. We do not picture the chic party casas of movie stars in California or London, but this rental today is far more of that ilk than the former. A breathtaking, c.1956, glamour pad held tightly by the original owners until a mere 2 months ago, this is a singularly stunning MCM original complete with immaculate stonework, a enticing maze of landscaped gardens and a stream down the back.
With the knowledge that next door was bought, dozed and made into a car park not 12 months ago, we dearly hope this home is being rented only until the new owners inhabit and love this home as much as first ones did, we cannot bring ourselves to contemplate what else might be on their minds……..*

**The worse of updates** A few local MA foot soldiers claim that the sale (which we understand was a very ‘quiet’ one from the elderly, original owners) was conducted by a real estate company who not only own the suburban shopping hub next door, but last year knocked down number 10 Newark Rd (possibly a magical architect’s own MCM property) to expand their carpark. Apparently the car park is set to swallow this beauty also.  A historical and notable work of built beauty, bulldozed, just so some jerk in a suit can bolster his property portfolio and, no doubt, help pay for his revolting status castle in a neighbouring suburb.

17 George St, Torrens Park SA

An absolutely magical c.1961 home in the stately hills of Adelaide though being on huge land (and a deceased estate) it’s being flogged for not much more than ‘development potential’. For shame South Australians! We expect as such from sin Sydney’s venal marketplace and likewise from the avarice afflicted sell-outs in the Victorian capital, but we thought you were different. You are supposed to eschew such tawdry unseemliness. You are supposed to be our bastion of wine and performance, of soaking in the sun at your own defined pace, your roots of propriety unblemished by the convict stain and integrity shining through in your dealings of commerce and art. Well, we’ll just have to see, won’t we?

5 Brook St, Torrens Park SA

Posted by popular demand, this SA ,60’s sensation has been sending us all on trips of desire over the past few weeks and you don’t have to be a trained professional to see why. Architect designed by the late Brian Vogt, with a presentation of construct lightness and material warmth with touches of shimmery pop thrown in;  a breeze brick entry, gorgeous central courtyard and finishing off with a little cabana studio all interconnected by those timber horizontals. Already delightful yet ripe and ready for a brand new lover, oh baby.

28 George St, Torrens Park SA

Many MA readers have let us know about this one and rightly so – what a classic in so many ways. Sensational home aside, this is also the story of discovery as it’s architect, Newell Platten(b.1928), was hitherto unknown to us. With this house we luckily uncover yet another in the canon of practitioners who endured an auspicious upbringing ultimately finding focus in the architectural promise of Mid-Century Modernism.

Platten’s childhood was spent in the tropics of a New Ireland mission (an island of PNG) and later in the ministerial country circuit, the influence of these these two environments which, although culturally worlds apart, find a fortuitous result in dovetailing so perfectly with Modernist principals – lofty, indigenous Pacific designs in tune with their landscape and of natural materials, cross-pollinated with the humble pragmatism of simple rural dwellings. These ideals were central to Platten’s architectural practice, which in later years and in partnership with another notable architect (and firm partner) Robert Dickson, developed into it’s own recognised variant – ‘Adelaide Regional’  known to expound a ‘friendly and more relaxed form of Modernism’.
This home is a clear ambassador of this local and very Australian Modernist expression and it is quite astonishing how much depth and cultural resonance reveals itself within such an elegant construction.

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PS – South Australian locals and our buddies over at Collectic Vintage took a tour on the weekend, here is what they had to report.