Rare modernist house hits the market in Mentone

Rare modernist house hits the market in Mentone

A rare mid-century marvel with touches of modern flair is turning heads on the Mentone market.

The O’Neill House at 9 Shearman Cres showcases some of the trendiest designs from the modernist movement — and it’s accordingly causing a stir with fans of the architecture style.

The 1969 Walter Mason-designed house was one out of the box in the suburb, Buxton’s Wesley Belt said.

It has a $1.45-$1.55 million price guide.

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“It’s a bit unusual to find modernist houses in Mentone because it’s an older suburb,” Mr Belt said.

“But there was a subdivision in the 1960s along Shearman Cres, and many new houses were built then.

“We’ve had people turn up just to look at the house and admire the architecture.”

No residential sales have been recorded in the cul-de-sac since November 2017, CoreLogic data shows.

The mid-century gem last changed hands for $472,000 in 2002.

The owners were enthusiasts of the modernist style and chose to preserve the house in near-original condition. Mr Belt said.

“They were going to totally renovate, but then decided to maintain the character of the property,” he said.

“They updated the kitchen, but never renovated the bathrooms and they maintained the house immaculately.”

The couple was looking to downsize, he added.

The U-shaped property has a relaxed timber courtyard at its centre, giving every room a garden vista.

It also features aluminium windows, timber-lined eaves and a flat roof.

Mr Mason was a Ballarat-born architect who moved Bayside during the peak of his design career.

He also created a nearby property at 15 Trinity Court in Brighton East, which sold last year for $1.705 million.

The Mentone masterpiece is scheduled for auction on March 2.


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