Caulfield North swinging ‘60s retro pad born out of global tragedy on market for first time
Swinging ‘60s style and vibrant “flower power” are the key selling points of a Caulfield North house that owes its origins to a global tragedy.
On the market for the first time since it was built by architect Robert Rosh in 1969, 335 Alma Rd is listed with a price guide of $2-$2.2 million.
A floorplan devoted to entertaining and family time came from an era of architects that had those basic needs unmet, according to listing agent and Rodney Morley director Rochelle Butt.
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“It was from the era of the ‘60s where the architects had come out of the Holocaust,” Ms Butt said.
“When they came here they had amazing skills and they knew what they were building. They wanted family, they wanted to be together and they wanted to enjoy all the high holy days that meant so much to them now in the new country — they were embracing the new country.”
“Grand parties, Friday night dinners and family was everything to them because they’d lost them all in the war.”
Solid materials including brick, marble and concrete aggregate were also consistent features of the period.
“It’s a bit of a feast of all these textures and the split level really says to me that it was a run party house,” Ms Butt said.
“They wanted to fill these houses with joy because they’d just come from such a depressing climate and these were talented people.”
A basement-level rumpus room full of “flower power” was also likely influenced by the conditions faced by the architects before they settled in Melbourne, Ms Butt said.
“They came from bunkers and god only knows what so they also built a safe room down the bottom,” she said.
“You can understand if they come from that environment.”
Ms Butt said there had already been a strong level of interest from families in the Alma Rd four-bedroom house.
The property goes to auction on September 22 at 11am.
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