Press / Surge of mid-century modernist homes on Melbourne market

Source: Herald Sun

Jayitri Smiles / 13 Mar 2020

Mid-century marvels are for sale across Melbourne.

Mid-century gems have flooded the market for the first time in decades.

Many of Melbourne’s most marvellous modernist homes, by acclaimed architects of the era, have come up for sale at the same time as long-term owners downsize.

A Beaumaris classic at 113 Dalgetty St is among what’s on offer, with a $1.3-$1.4 million price guide.

113 Dalgetty Rd, Beaumaris is for sale.

A retro kitchen with modern appliances.

The Agency’s Christine Henderson said the Neil Clerehan design had been restored by the vendors, who had taken inspiration from houses in Palm Springs.

“It’s pretty much original, but the kitchen has been updated a little bit to make it functional to today’s family,” Ms Henderson said.

“That is something to love about it – even though it’s original, a modern family could live there quite comfortably.”

Retro lights in the bathroom.

Hollywood lights around the mirror.

There are three bedrooms inside.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and a cactus desert garden at the front are some of the property’s distinctive features.

She said it was likely a coincidence that many of the ‘50s and ‘60s homes had come up for sale at once.

Another Neil Clerehan design on a grander scale is for grabs at 12 The Esplanade in Fairfield, which has a $2.4-$2.6 million price guide.

12 The Esplanade, Fairfield is for sale.

Gordon Ford gardens surround the home.

Jellis Craig Northcote agent Bev Adam said the four-bedroom property boasted plenty of the architect’s “signature style”.

“There are large expanses of glass, brickwork and timber details,” Ms Adam said.

“The house was designed to flow from inside to outdoors and use the environment around the house to add value.”

The property has a $2.4-$2.6 million price guide.

Floor-to-ceiling windows are a highlight.

Native gardens originally designed by Gordon Ford are another highlight of the big block.

In Caulfield, a ‘60s home at 2 Edinburgh Ave is offering a retro lifestyle.

Gary Peer Caulfield North agent Sally Zelman said the entrance was “phenomenal”, with an indoor garden, terrazzo floors, timber panelling and a staircase with a gold balustrade.

She said the campaign had started strong for the property, which goes to auction with a $2.3-$2.53 million price guide on March 29.

2 Edinburgh Ave, Caulfield is for sale.

A retro welcome.

“This is the type of home people want at the moment, the style is all the rage again,” Ms Zelman said.

In Kew, 2 Yarra St has been put on the market with a $2.91-$3.2 million guide.

Some modern updates have been made to the three-bedroom house near Studley Park, which was designed by Victor Dumbrell.

2 Yarra St in Kew was designed by Victor Dumbrell.

180 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh is for sale for the first time ever.

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