On top of the hill with a true 60s vibe

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - MACKEN­ZIE SCOTT

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.

LYN­DON MECHIELSEN

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

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