Home.byholly are in the business of connecting humans with homes, and we love it. We love all homes, no matter the build, the vintage, the new or the old, we love finding ways to showcase each property’s story, creating narratives that are unique and empathetic.
Not surprising, each of us at hbh has a personal passion for mid-century homes in particular. These interests have endured for all our lives, and continue to be a personal topic of conversation around the table at the coffee shop. If you’ve watched any of our at home videos, you would have spotted that each of us covet and collect unique pieces of furniture, artwork, lighting and collectables. Actually, you have probably never met a group of people more collectively excited about a room full of 70’s wallpaper, or an original cast-iron balustrade.
The genuine excitement is obviously when we arrive to appraise a home and see its butterfly roof, an atrium, exposed beams, yellow kitchen benchtops, bold decorative bathroom tile, etched glass cavity sliders, the list goes on. The more original the better!
The 60’s and 70’s represented a time of opulence in Australia, and it was a time where Canberra really came into its own. The government commissioned world-renowned modernist architects like John Andrews, Robert Campbell, Harry Seidler, Michael Dysart and Enrico Taglietti to design and build some of our city’s most significant public buildings. Universities, office buildings, schools, shops, cinemas all blossomed as new and exciting architectural hubs in the community, and so many of these have endured and are now being protected and treasured by the ever-growing Canberra Modernist community.
Many may not know that Canberra is recognised internationally as ‘a city of design’, which was highlighted in a great Ted talk featured during Design Canberra 2018 by Darren Bradley “Uncovering Canberra’s modernist soul”.
Around these community hubs and public civic centres, suburban Canberra progressively expanded, with homes being built to accommodate the growing population. The community’s cultural and academic diversity brought in new skills, trades and professions laying foundations for what is now seen as the original Canberra. Homes with architectural flair, timber panelling, decorative cornices popped up everywhere, and we transitioned from a town to a city.
At hbh we believe that our personal passion for modernist architecture is why homeowners engage us to market and sell these unique pieces of Canberran history. We know that homes like these need custodians, we never market them as cliché “renovators delights” and we are committed to telling their story authentically.
Sally Strang had the experience of managing the campaign for the incredible Paterson House at 7 Juad Place, Aranda, it is one she will never forget. We felt privileged to spend so much time at the property and loved learning more about the architect, Enrico Taglietti, the story of the home and its design.
The engagement during the marketing campaign was phenomenal, Sally had mid-century architecture enthusiasts and media from all around the country getting in touch. The sheer number of people at every inspection was a testament to the fact that the love of modernist design and architecture is huge within the Canberra community.
Finding the right buyer was the primary consideration for the Paterson family. When the new owners sent a beautifully worded email about their appreciation of the history of the house and explaining how they were looking for a home to be central to the story of their family, we knew they were the perfect fit.
When Holly marketed 33 Godfery Street Campbell, she experienced a similar excitement. She wanted to do the home justice, to tell the story as the family had, with the heartfelt nostalgia and pride they had shared with her. The pitch was clear, the narrative supported, the buyer we hoped to attract to determine the best possible outcome. The home was inspiring. The condition original, the garden extensive, the land is enormous. This was a property calling out for creative vision, a lover of modernism, and an enthusiastic, brave restoration.
The cleland.home is a divine MCM of the highest pedigree by architect Theo Bischoff, a young Melbourne architect who established practice in Canberra in the 1950’s. The perfect partnership was formed in 1961 with the modernist creative vision of Bischoff and the Cleland family who engaged the young architect to design a family home inspired by Lindsay and Sylvia’s love of Sunset Modern California. The cleland.home is characterised by Bischoff’s style of architecture. Influenced by simple, rectangular planning with internal courtyards; a limited palette of natural materials; and precise detailing.
Through the campaign we connected the home with the divine buyers Brownyn, Dan and their family, who are now breathing new life into the home, just as we had hoped, hosting modernist appreciation events and connecting the home with the community.
These are just two of the exceptional homes we have recently sold, add to the list several apartments and townhouses at the Blamey Heights complex in Campbell, homes within Michael Dysart’s much loved Urambi Villiage and Wybalena Grove, and Robert Campbell’s personal residence at 19 Mirning Crescent Aranda. With much excitement and gratitude, we have definitely developed a collection of mid-century home.byholly homes and look forward to the many more exceptional modernist Properties that we will be able to photograph, communicate and celebrate.