Dig the perfect retro style of ‘70s St Kilda East time capsule

Dig the perfect retro style of ‘70s St Kilda East time capsule

With retro homes back in fashion across Melbourne, buyers are sure to dig this time capsule of the funky ‘70s.

Moss green carpet, funky wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and timber detailing characterise the perfectly preserved interior of 30 Loch Ave, St Kilda East, which is up for grabs for the first time in three decades.

Those keen to go back to living in the ‘70s will need to shell out $2.1-$2.31 million for the five-bedroom pad at its scheduled March 17 auction.

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Gary Peer Caulfield North director Sally Zelman said the house had barely been touched since it was built in the 1970s.

She said its longtime owners raised six kids in the house — not leaving them a lot of time to modernise it.

CoreLogic records show they snapped up the property for $565,000 in 1988.

“In those days, it wasn’t fashionable,” Ms Zelman said.

“But it’s solid brick, it’s got a lot of accommodation and a pool, so it gave them the lifestyle they were looking for.

“It remains in very good condition, and it’s totally original.”

Highlights include multiple living and dining areas including a rumpus room with a “great entertainer’s bar”, a grand foyer with marble flooring, and a 650sq m block.

Ms Zelman said times had changed since the house was last on the market, with mid-century architecture now back in vogue.

“It’s become a fashion item,” she said.

“Every time we have a home of this generation, the amount of people who come through is phenomenal.

“Young people just love this style of architecture.”

Another retro star in nearby Caulfield — a three-bedroom unit at 2/44 Snowdon Ave — surpassed its $1.05-$1.15 million advertised range to fetch $1.17 million late last year, CoreLogic records show.

A ‘60s St Kilda East pad with an “authentic” reno sold in November after just 15 days on the market and about two weeks before its scheduled auction, for an undisclosed price. The Harry Ernest creation at 9 Bickhams Court was quoted at $2.6-$2.86 million.

And a 1970s Forest Hill beauty attracted three bidders to fetch $1.07 million at a “cracker” auction last year.

The buyer of 526 Springvale Rd planned to retain its groovy interior — complete with shagpile carpets, colourful wallpaper and reflective pendant lights.

Meanwhile, a 1960s-built modernist masterpiece in Melbourne’s outer northeast went viral on social media last week after capturing the attention of “young trendies”.

Jellis Craig Doncaster agent Traci Stella said about 100 groups inspected the well-preserved 30 Koornong Cres, North Warrandyte during its first week on the market with a $800,000 reserve, and her phone had “not stopped” ringing with inquiries from “far and wide”.

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