An immediate eye-catcher, upon closer inspection this residence reveals itself to be an astounding, low-whistle stunner. A veritable statement in seventies sophistication and sleekness, courtesy of its European architect, Polish-born Nado Milat (our first listing by this notable practitioner who was also an illustrator and muralist), this is an incredibly intact example of late-era Modern domestic design and is almost intimidating in its New-Hollywood magnate vibes (wine cellar and aupair quarters – but of course). We usually don’t bother to recommend you view an agent’s listing video – there is only so much repetition of stills, insipid muzak and drone shots one can take, however in this instance you really must see it all to appreciate every single and stunning aspect of this astonishing home. Oh our shining stars!
We’d like at this juncture to give a shout out to all those MCM home purchasers out there who spotted their new beloved on Modernist Australia and had the conviction, passion and (in some cases finance) to take it all the way. We love hearing your tales and knowing that we, all, as a collective of appreciators, are making a nice dent on the market and subsequent preservation culture of Australian Modernist and Mid-Century streetscapes.
We’ve already taken a bow over (and booked ourselves into) the astounding ‘Fender Residence’ which is set to enjoy a comeback on all the design and housey media henceforth (keep an eye out for the fancy mag spreads near you).
“We’ve been following the Modernist website for many years now, we actually found our home on your site – we’re forever thankful and love what you do.” – Katie, owner and restorer of ‘Fender House’
And speaking of pedigree Melbourne homes, another ripper has also been snapped up by an MA + Charles Duncan enthusiast, the gorgeous, virtually all original ‘Reade House’ – that’s some most excellent news right there!
“Hi, after seeing the Charles Duncan in Briar Hill on your FB pages I arranged to go with two friends to an open for fun and viewing pleasure……..Thrilled to let you know that one of my friends (who adores her leased Charles Duncan) is buying the one in Briar Hill and not changing a thing, thank you, another one saved and in adoring hands” – Caroline, MCM trooper.
Next up is one which set hearts afire just this past month gone and we know there will be a bunch of jealous peep out there, but nonetheless Northumberland Rd in Pascoe Vale is now off the market and in very safe Australian Modernist hands.
Now time to hear form a seller, rather than buyer and for all you agents reading this – check out what beautiful MCM design, shown respect and duly celebrated can achieve- nothing short of an usually quick sale in the relatively remote regional town of Armidale, NSW.
We are very happy with our purchase and while we do want to make some minor changes we will try and keep as much of the house similar to what it is now.” – Jo, owner by the beach
Like a subject of Reg Mombassa’s Australian dreaming made manifest, this remarkable (c.1954) building awaits its fate to be handed down this Saturday. The sheer purity of clean squared forms – foundations, windows, steps, roof set on a verdant, flattened slope with a manicured canopy of frangipani and ferns tucked in one side imparts a kind of unreality to the entire scene, compelling one to keep glancing at in it small awe. This sculptural exterior belies a more familiar interior with the larger windows and regular spaces of any excellent Mid-Century beach side house, though the design is more complex than a simple rectangular floor plan with extras and considerations made for the aforementioned slope. An architect had a hand here and we query as we daydream if he/she will ever be named and known again………….