On top of the hill with a true 60s vibe
Mid-century charm is drawing in buyers, particularly on the younger side, who are looking to experience a taste of the Mad Men era through a home of their own.
The clean lines, exposed brick and timber finishings of the 1960s and 1970s are appealing to millennials who are looking at homes with character and that stand apart from the modern, all white homes of today.
Amra and Salih Bazdar bought their Brisbane property at Wavell Heights in 2009. The couple fell in love with the home, which was built in 1965.
“Apart from being born in the 60s, I have always loved the architecture of mid-century,” Ms Bazdar said.
“It’s the whole relation between the architecture and the nature.”
The homeowner said she was surprised by the amount of interest from younger buyers impressed by the home’s aesthetics.
Modern House Estate Agents specialises in modernist, mid-century and contemporary architectdesigned homes. Director Marcus Lloyd-Jones said the simplicity of period homes was bringing them back in vogue.
“From a design and liveability point of view, the houses of the mid-century have a simplicity to them, a scale modern houses of today don’t have,” Mr LloydJones said.
“There is an almost modesty to them that is absolutely charming. It has a human scale that is really very comforting.”
The Wavell Heights home was initially owned by a high-profile Brisbane real estate agent who turned the house on top of the hill into the neighbourhood’s party pad. Brisbane socialites, celebrities and businessmen visited the home, which was complete with its own dance floor and backlit disco wall.
Those features have been maintained at the front of the house. The Arne Fink-designed landscaping, facade, front door and dining room and living room are original, with furniture of the era used to bring it to life.
The home’s rear was redesigned with an additional level.
“We wanted to embrace the fact that we live in the 21st century while bringing in some of the aesthetics and sentiments of the 60s,” Ms Bazdar said.
The property’s realtor, Peter Hutton of Hutton and Hutton, said the home had garnered intense interest. More than 300 people have moved through since it hit the market, with interest from local, interstate and international potential buyers.
It is hoped the house will sell for between $1.45 million and $1.6m.
Clockwise from main: homeowner Amra Bazdar was a child of the 60s and loves architecture of the era; the redesigned area at the back; the exterior