Mid-century modernist architecture fanatics would drool over this house at The Gap.
Ryan and Fran McDade secured the 17 D’Aguilar Rd property five years ago, after trying their luck and dropping a note in the mailbox.
“We were looking to buy in the area, so we dropped a note in the letter box and the rest is history,” Mr McDade said.
The McDades purchased the house from the original owners — who had built it in the 1960s — and put their own spin on it.
“There was green carpet; it was beautiful quality but it was pretty bad and there was linoleum, so we removed that and polished the timber floors upstairs and the concrete floors downstairs,” Mr McDade said.
“I want people who inspect (the property) to walk around barefoot on the concrete because it just feels so good — cool and smooth.”
They also painted, landscaped, and added an enormous above ground pool which sits at legal height so it does not require fencing.
“When you’re inside the pool your perspective of the trees and greenery is quite different to what it would be if it was inground,” Mr McDade said.
Mr McDade’s favourite room was an upstairs living room.
“I really like the upstairs living room, you’ve got glazing to the north and south,” he said.
“The north gives you long views of the D’Aguilar ranges and the south view into the private garden.
“It gets amazing morning and evening light … and is adjacent to the kitchen and dining area so it’s a pretty social space.”
He said he would miss the character of the home most.
“Mid-century modernist homes have got attributes you don’t find in other properties, from a lot of glazing to a combination of brickwork and timber.”