Mid-Century modern homes are often over-looked for being funny looking, old fashioned and maybe a bit small. We think this is a trend about to explode. With the ABC’s Streets of Your Town doco to be shown in October (hosted by Tim Rosso) we are about to understand the value of these well designed homes.
Here are five family homes in Sydney worth considering
Number one 118 Dartford Road, Thornleigh
Built by an Australian landscape architect (no name provided). Thornleigh is the location suburb of the film, Don’s Party. A Northern suburb of rocks, bush and sloping land; modern split-level houses slide into the landscape well. Cruel, or maybe surreal, this house last sold in 1991 for $105,000.
Number Two: 37 Drysdale Place, Kareela.
Opposite side of Sydney, The Shire, but similar topography. Kareela is another suburb crowded with untouched mid-century homes. I love when you see cream berber wool carpet, suites of parker furniture and copper relief paintings in situ
Last sold in 1978 for $69,000.
Number Three: 29 Loquat Valley Road, Bayview
Provenance : Michael Dysart 1970
Tiki Time. Up to the Northern Beaches, Bayview blocks are long and sloping. A north aspect like this with views down to Pittwater is what makes these houses warm and liveable. Not sure about the TV in the main bedroom.
Missing from the original set of photos are outside shots but an easy Google search found and old listing. Quirky box-like house. Needs the right landscaping and outside paint.
Price estimate is $1.4 – 1.5 M. Similar property in Bayview went for $1.6M
Number Four: 11 Hampshire Avenue, West Pymble
Tiny but cute 3 bedroom in West Pymble. Good land size, right orientation. Agent all but says knock-down and re-build.
As Steven Coverdale from the facebook group ‘Mid-Century Domestic Architecture Australia says about this house
T70 is a compact three bedroom design, or as most people will note, a direct copy of Architect Nino Sydney’s ‘Beachcomber’ project home for Lend Lease Homes. The ‘budget’ aspect is obvious when you compare the two designs. But fair enough. It’s still a terrific modernist design.
The poor thing isn’t long for the world.
Original Plans for this model house from Department of Housing.
Number Five: 35 Barton Crescent, North Wahroonga
A masterbuilt 1975 mansion (in 1975 terms) Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, spiral staircase, billiard room with tree and pool. Recently sold in Jan 2015 for $1.4M. Could do with an interior designer specialising in mid-century as current furniture is a complete distraction.
From a buyers point-of-view a house that is badly furnished can help lower the price. Buyers are completely visual and those of us that see the potential can take advantage.
Room of the Week belongs to this 1975 North Wahroonga House
A house with a dance floor under cathedral arches of pale brick gets the Room of The Week Award. If the Von Trapp family have their staircase this family could practice Godspell with interpretive dance routines or Mum could host Tango-at-home lessons
All images courtesy of Domain. All opinions and conclusions are my own. Any experiences or extra information on any of these houses would be welcomed.