An amazing opportunity for someone. This 1950s Iwan Iwanoff midcentury modern house in Perth, Western Australia is in original condition.
Thanks to Caroline for letting me know about this one, which has just gone up for sale and is unlikely to be short of offers. According to Caroline, Iwanoff houses are highly prized in Perth and this one is likely to be at the top of everyone’s list.
Amazingly, the house, which you will find in the Floreat suburb of Perth, has been in the same ownership since it was constructed back in 1959. That’s pretty much always a positive.
Why? Well, someone fell for the original design and with that in mind, they are unlikely to have changed it. Which is pretty much the scenario played out here. I’ve had a look and outside of some decor and perhaps the odd piece of furniture, nothing substantial has changed over the decades.
The agent describes it as being in ‘pristine yet original condition’ (which is about right from what I can see) as well as being in the ‘highly sought after’ West Of The Forum enclave.
A statement of the era and the architect’s own style of the time, this is a single-storey property in what’s described as a ‘signature minimalist’ design and incorporating stone, timber, glass and concrete to create this midcentury marvel.
Plenty of natural light too, as you would expect, but also a solar passive design that was way ahead of its time. Open-plan living, wood-clad ceilings, a feature fireplace and so many lovely little touches throughout and to the exterior of the house. The exterior is just stunning.
If you take a step back and think about it, perhaps the kitchen isn’t up to 21st-century needs, the bathroom might need improving and some of the built-in bedroom storage hasn’t aged as well as it could and might be a later addition.
Of course, I’m ignoring all the furniture as that is unlikely to be staying, but I would say that this would be staged so much better with a tweak of the furnishings within. Many of the existing pieces just look a little too traditional for this style of house. Saying that I do like the look of some of the art, which is in keeping with this kind of place.
As for space, a large porch/entry area has a carport to the side. But if you enter the house you will immediately access that open-plan living room with feature fireplace. It’s an amazing space and the focal point of the design and the house.
But there is plenty of space beyond that. The initial reception leads to a dining room, with a family room also offering more recreational space inside the house. A kitchen too, which is probably more of a diner/kitchen in light of the space and layout.
Three main bedrooms too, as well as a family bathroom, a laundry room and some alfresco dining space. That’s pretty much it as far as I can tell from the plan. 857 sq. metres in total.
But there is plenty of outside space as well, mainly laid to lawn and with a couple of outhouses within. Note that there’s also an extensive pergola as well, creating a wonderful entertaining space outside.
A very special house in the kind of condition you can only dream about. I don’t think it is exaggerating to say that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone.
How much? No price is given, but this is likely to go for over $1,000,000 (that’s Australian dollars of course), working out at over £550,000 and possibly much more if the expected interest comes to fruition.
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