Ready, Set, Go! | Starting your MCM house hunt

Although my wife and I are not actively looking to move, we do find ourselves constantly trawling the real estate listings and checking up on what is out there.  As you may be aware I have a bit of an obsession with mid-century homes and it’s always nice to find an amazing modernist gem come up for sale!

So where do you look when you want to buy a MCM classic home?

There’s a huge network of mid-century modern fans out there and with access to social media and the internet, finding your perfect MCM home is not as hard as you might have thought.

Realestate.com.au is my usual go-to site for any house hunt, but it can take some browsing to find a classic modernist.

Modernist Australia is always a great place to start and with their recent reboot, a new home is posted each day!

Property Matchmaker is a local agent in the Melbourne bayside area.  Diana can point you in the right direction for your perfect home.

Then there are a multitude of Facebook Pages involving mid-century discussion.  Two that stand out however are:

Secret Design Studio – A Melbourne architect with his finger on the pulse of everything mid-century.

Retro Houses for Sale (and renovation) – A Facebook page with regular contributions from around Australia

What’s on the market at the moment?

Three homes in particular have caught my eye for various reasons and while I haven’t spotted much in the Beaumaris area, there’s a bit going on in other parts of Melbourne.

12 Lockhart Street Caulfield Vic 3162

I’m not sure where I spotted this one.  It is just sitting amoungst the many houses saved to my realestate.com.au profile!

I really love the look of this home from the street.  It has a great low and horizontal profile and the front wall of the same brick matches the house perfectly.  Entry through the carport and a nice breeze block feature wall create a wonderfully subtle home.

Another fine mid-century layout with living areas opening onto outdoor entertaining areas.

The tiled patio continues the colours of the brickwork and looks out to a great sized garden!

2 Nottage Street St Kilda East Vic 3183

Thanks to Secret Design Studio for the heads up on this one.  St Kilda East doesn’t usually fall under my mcm real estate search criteria, but maybe it should after this cracker!

More great horizontal lines and continuous brickwork between both the house and garden walls.  The entry really catches your eye.  Both secure and stylish!

There isn’t much to the garden of this home, however the interior shots are pretty amazing!  Let’s hope you can secure some of that furniture as part of sales negotiation!

I really do love the built in cabinetry!

17 Boyd Street Blackburn South Vic 3130

And finally we have this home in an appropriately named street.

Who wouldn’t want to live in Boyd Street?!

An absolutely amazing front garden that truly captures the modernist style of this home!

Large concrete circles step through a pebble path to the front door and past classic modernist plants – Montera deliciosa (Fruit Salad Plant), Fatsia Japonica (Japanese Aralia) and Bromeliads.

There is some great feature timber elements throughout this home providing a nice contrast to the tile floors.

More mid-century elements to the courtyard with the plantings, circular steppers and pebble beds.

So what are you waiting for?  Get on out there and find your mid-century modern dream home!

Mid-century real estate sources:

Modernist Australia

Realestate.com.au

Property Matchmaker

Secret Design Studio – Facebook Page

Retro Houses for Sale (and renovation) – Facebook Group

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