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Caulfield VIC

A private rental affair today, one suited to anyone who adores the swing of a classic Mid-Century pad in town, complete with all essential acutremonts such as tiki bar, pool, Tretchikoff above the bed & Modern cermics on the shelves but has not the time nor inclination to set up such a home from scratch. This walk-right-in, fully furnished, 2-3 bed opportunity (available from Feb 2020) has been used in fashion shoots and films (oohh lala!) but now could be you very own to enjoy . For more info and pics shoot an inquiry to 

121 Kambrook Rd, Caulfield North VIC

Melbournians! It’s a balmy Friday night, summer around the corner, our minds turn to outdoor soirées and – to quote Mr D. Byrne – this must be the place.
A Bagel-Belt mindblower to end the week the same way it started with incredible Mid-Century living, for lease. This magical proposal of 5-bedrooms, resplendent parquetry and joinery, butterfly roofline, double story glazing and that staircase/pool one-two punch will have those who dream of Birdie Num-Nums and digging West Coast Cool Jazz, gasping for air.
Time to collect your 5 besties, done your kaftan, crank the Mancini and retreat to 1968 for the remainder of this year and into the foreseeable future.


Cottesloe WA

The second of the Cottesloe rental finds, this one a bona fide, pedigree, never-before-sold-or-leased rarity by Perth’s own MCM legend, Iwan Iwanoff. Not that you need us telling you that  – the quickest of glances here shows off the man’s trademark, Aztecian blockwork before you even get near the threshold. And like yesterday’s example, this too fills us with unmitigated joy at not only finding a true slice of Perth Modernist architecture, but one sustaining nil damage in the form of poor, prior renovations. From what we understand, this has undergone an intense refurb yet is remains completely loyal to Iwanoff and his unrestrained, European fair. The dark timber detailing, walls of concrete grey and white (an unusually appropriate use of the dreaded blanc – to our minds) and beautifully veined stone, echoed in sections of marble. Topping off the glory is the residential version itself – perhaps the only ‘townhouse’ the master designed and built, again unusual for an architect whose primary language was voluminous family residences.
MCM sandgropers, this is at least worth a gander (if renting is out of the question) as it’s not often such hitherto unknown examples of your own design legacy open their doors.

55 John St, Cottesloe WA

While taking the Googs for a spin this morning, we’ve stumbled across this residence for which there’s not much to say except – COULD THIS BE THE MOST ELEGANT RENTAL WE’VE EVER SEEN IN PERTH?!
Okay, we’ve claimed down a bit, but honestly, this is an eye-widening find of consummate design, craftsman joinery with an inspired refurb (we assume? We’ll just ignore that flooring for now) and presents as nothing less than a residence of supreme architectural purity so seldom now seen anywhere in the country, let alone the wild west. We have no idea who is behind this, in what year it was built (the inbuilt timber suggests a distinct Mid-Century flair (we’re guessing mid 60s?) nor who has so beautifully looked after it since. All we know it that it’s magical find like this which add a so much joy and hope to our day. Click and die. 

**Update** The owners have very kindly gotten in touch with us, to tell us the sotry of their find, Japanese inspo and the hardwork of restoration / renovation (including a little flooring regretsy, ahh the pitfalls…..)

“We found this house in total disrepair a couple of years ago. It wasn’t for sale but we were chatting to an agent who knew the elderly owners. He thought we might have some vision for the place and introduced us off-market. We did a careful restoration, working with a builder friend…….We have not been able to find the name of the original architect unfort. We think the architect must have had some experience or time in Japan. There are Japanese accents around the place, including an old replica Tori between the house and back garden. The garden also has a man-made waterfall into a Japanese-looking rock pool that we plan to restore one day. Right now it’s totally hidden by nasturtiums……We agree with you about the new floors. The idea was hard wearing (inexpensive) light grey bamboo. I got excited about a particular design on one sample floor board, which really didn’t work at scale……..”

The Quaterdeck, Middle Cove NSW

We Venture way out of our own date bounaries today as we have no idea of build date (but suspect it’s a bit later than the 1970s) . Nonetheless, we’ve had so many little fixer-uppers lately we thought a detour to where the .03% lives would be a nice timewaster. Admittedly Frank Lloyd Wright’s name does get bandied about these days with a frequency exceeding his actual influence or works, however this does seem more than most to replicate that heft, the dark drama, the materials and the wild geometry of the early Modenrist’s work – and that fireplce is really something. The bonus here that, although infuenced enough to be close to imitation and despite our thoughts that this architecture is generally more harmonious with its geographical origins (that is to say some icy, Illionis paddock) you can’t escape the gorgeousness of its location here, one of the most beautiful urban suburbs in the world, the bushland harbour enclave of Middle Cove, Sydney. One can only guess what the throat drying weekly rate is for this rental, though for us looking for a bit of mid-week eye candy, thats the least of our concerns. Enjoy!

2 Gray Place, Weston ACT

A welcome return today to super minimal, clean Modernist spaces courtesy of Pettit and Sevitt and the ACT rental market. Yes! The architectural project home dream can be yours to lease and make your own, soaking up that cork, slate and timber (whilst ignoring that ew granite kitchen/bathroom re-do)  and taking in the winter sun all the while. It shall do nicely. 

215 Kooyong Rd, Toorak VIC

Didn’t have a casual $5.5 million (don’t forget that stamp duty now) back in ’15 to pick up this sensational slice of solid 70s? Looks like someone did and now they’re happy to let it sit around empty, that is, until they let it out. Here is yet another chance to pool those friends and finances and live it up in true Melbourne mogul style, if only for a little while.

‘The Point – Tetley House’ 658 Nepean Hwy, Frankston South VIC

Still staying Peninsula side, we just had to get this posted as yet another pedigree rental which could do very well as party central. A c.1958 commission for David Chancellor (naturally of firm Chancellor & Patrick) this one has been leased in the past and seems again to just be sitting around empty, waiting for new tenants. With that handsome main living, bland yet clean new kitchen, bedrooms to accomodate 4 (perhaps up to 8)and a sweeping lawn just crying out for bocce and beers and a bonfire we think $650 a week ain’t too much to ask. The call of the contemporary commune is strong with this one. 

1 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza VIC

Love the idea of a sprawling party pad packed with Mid-Century charm and sizzle? Got no chance of buying a house because you were born into the wrong time and wrong wealth bracket? Fear not – the new normal of whole-of-life sharehousing is here! So grab 6 of your best mates (with or without partners) split this rent and party down. We say, on this Friday afternoon, when life gives you lemons – make a daiquiri!

‘Fender House’ Mount Martha VIC

Hold tight gang, this one just might down our server. One of the most expansive and successful MCM refurbs we’ve had the pleasure to play a (small) part in. Let us go back two years when MA listed this Mornington Peninsula residence, the the work of Karl Fender (prominent architect to this very day) who designed and built it as the family home c.1973 when he was a baby, a mere 23 years old. Though his work still shone through in early 2017, the residence overall had severely gone to seed and we made the call that is was “a sprawling compound of dreams waiting for some new energy to take it on and make it sparkle” . Well, turns out Modernist Australian Katie saw our listing, heeded that call and jumped in feet first. Now in 2019 having poured love, bags of money and endless toil ripping out the bad stuff, polishing up the good and landscaping her heart out here it is: The renamed ‘Fender House’ (applause!) a super duper, ultra Palm Springsy residence of dreams and the best part? You (and your 10 besties) can don your Pucci jumpsuit, cocktail in hand, Brazil 66 on the turntable and swan around in your best Slim Aarons timeline, as it’s now on Airbnb!
We’ve already booked our ticket for a Mount Martha MCM weekend of delight the rest of you, dear readers, make an orderly line. 

*Here’s the old listing once more time, with some nice ‘before’ comparisons to peruse.

10 Boronia Ave, Geraldton WA

Always seeking a regional bit of joy and knowing the heartache the Woodlands demolition post caused the other day we were excited to get this beauty online only to discover that, in the unfathomable enormity that is our western coastline, we’ve posted this one before!  One of our most remote listings ever is back on the market with the only change a lick of more demure paint to make it more broadly palatable. Worth a second look, especially all you newbies, and remember our vast archive of old listings is becoming an invaluable resource – check them out.

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.

4 / 247 Glen Eira Rd, Caulfield North VIC

That decor. The cream surfaces with gold filagree detailing, baby chandeliers in crystal and metallics, flawless parquetry and always, ALWAYS textiles of a deep turquoise. We like to call it the ‘Onassis chic’, capturing all the high-end, late 1960s, pared back sophistication of the Mediterranean jet-set, elegant as a slim diamond necklace on a very beautiful woman who speaks 4 languages. And it’s not very often you find it these days, those beautiful women all now elderly or gone, their homes turned out and refurbished with a more ‘contemporary’ style. But here it sits, a veritable vault of 1968, in dazzling condition and up for rent. So get in there beautiful people. Don the Dior, cue up the Françoise Hardy and start entertaining in rarified style.

25 Hillcrest Dve, Eden Hills SA

Rentals! It’s been a while but this one is an absolute killer so needed posting right away. The work of architect Graham Footner (by all accounts bit of a prolific practitioner round Eden Hills way) and showcased in Australian House and Garden mag in 1966 this cream brick, skillion roofed, split level, timber accented delight remains resplendent is all it’s mid 1960s glory. And the best part is you don’t need a $80k deposit and mortgage broker to enjoy this swingin’ pad, all you want is some good references and a penchant for the enticingly laid back Adelaide lifestyle. Get applying people!

118 Mt Joy Rd, Cressy TAS

All due respect Taswegians but W T actual F?! This is most certainly in the top 5, possibly top 3 homes, we’ve ever listed in your state. The kind of genuine Mid-Century Modern house people drool, share and comment over endlessly when it’s Wowhausing in Boise, Idaho or the West Midlands and yet here is our version: empty and in the middle of nowhere Cressy (well come to think of it maybe that is the Aussie equivalent). This house bares all the hallmarks of a cultivated taste, a daring mind and high-end craftsmanship; that courtyard alone has us hyperventilating, so lets not linger too long on the floor to ceiling glazing, cork flooring, tile, joinery, epic horizontal stature or that wallpaper (oh the wallpaper!) lest we blackout. Piled upon this already incongruous scene is the wobbly rental-property shots and pitch – Pets! A free week’s rent! Near the bus stop! All very practical and admittedly very handy in rural locales but when you consider how this masterpiece sitting in Hobart would set off a bunfight of prospective tenants (and we dare say a few people offering to buy) let alone the mainland where the claws would be out and snatching before first viewing all we can do is chuckle, shake our heads and guess at how it all came about.

ps – Muchas gracias to Mark for spotting this – a stalwart of the apple Isle, if ever there was.

6 Alberon St, Wishart QLD

QLD, we’re throwing you a bone. For in this flood of brilliant homes raining down across the country up north is still in drought. It is always a tricky business trying to offer something up to our Modernist Australians of the sunshine state (though I’m sure we miss a few too) so today is just a little something to keep you going; a little cutie-pie for rent (seems the buyers from 2014 might be biding their time), with legit MCM street appeal and plenty of scope to jazz it up and make it your own pad of dreams.

25 Tasmania Circle, Forrest ACT

Cheekily slipping in a bit of ACT into our regional focus this week, but with all the talk in Canberra being nothing but the Country Party and the price of beetroots we say why not? (BTW the whole New England region has lost it’s mind in more ways than one) And really we simply couldn’t wait to post it, it’s gonna drive some of you insane with desire.
Starting from the street it presents like a Palm Springs dream; genuine, late 50s, architect built MCM, sophisticated as they come (just to walk through an entry court/carport such as this one has us salivating). Upon entering we find clean, contemporary spaces where we guess a refurb/extension has recently taken place incorporating the predicable blanc palette and down-lights, but all-in-all complementary to the original tone. Out back the newer sections(?) and sensational landscaping do a splendid job of enhancing the Modern ideals conveyed – sunny, inside/outside living, practical and elegant, presenting a wholeness to a residence whose sections were built perhaps 50 years apart (though even that assertion itself is hard to confirm*) and overall reinforces just how advanced the original design really was and remains. Get your applications in.

*Confirmed! This new (and award winning) extension done in 2016 was done by Ben Walker architects. Bravo people!