Former Pettit + Sevitt display home comes to market in St Ives

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Eleanor and Phil Johnson with daughter Clara, at their Pettit + Sevitt home in St Ives.

One of the original homes in the Pettit + Sevitt display village, built in St Ives in 1966, is up for sale.

Eleanor and Phil Johnson are only the second owners of the property, at 4 Staddon Close, and have spent the past seven years faithfully updating it to preserve its architectural history.

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The home was known as the Courtyard House, and was designed by renowned architect Ken Woolley in 1965. It was one of 10 homes in the original Pettit + Sevitt display village. There was also another village on Mona Vale Rd, built in 1964.

“We had seen many Pettit + Sevitt houses up and down the northern beaches and love the architecture,” Mr Johnson said.

How the home looks today.

What it looked like in 1966.

The estate in the 1960s.

The couple have retained the home’s original floorplan, and also preserved a sympathetic studio extension that includes a large workshop.

This was added by the previous owners in the 1980s.

The Pettit + Sevitt design has amassed a loyal following over the years and there is even a Facebook club for owners and their friends, which has almost 800 members.

The central courtyard.

As it was.

And today.

The Johnsons are among them, and share the enduring love for the designs.

“These houses in Staddon Close are iconic references to mid-century modern homes, designed for Australian lifestyles, connecting inside to outside living and entertainment,” Ms Johnson said.

“We have lovingly preserved this architectural gem, and hope to find a buyer who will love it as much as we have.”

The main bedroom.

Living and dining today.

The home was included in the Sydney Living Museums Iconic Australian Houses Tour in 2014. Mr Woolley took visitors through the property and described its architectural elements.

“We had the great pleasure of meeting Ken Woolley in 2014 and enjoyed showing him our home,” Ms Johnson said.

“He was moved and pleased to see it in such original condition.”

The time has come for the couple to pass their home on. It is scheduled to be auctioned on August 17, and has a price guide of $1.4 million.

The original living and dining.

James Yahl, of Savills St Ives, said there was already strong interest in the home.

“The mid-century modernist architecture is exactly what modern day buyers are looking for with open living spaces and a real connection to the outdoors,” he said.

“Sitting in a quiet and tightly-held cul-de-sac in St Ives, I expect to have a lot of interest from local families and downsizers as this is such remarkable home.”

Peace and privacy.

The bathroom.

The garden features the original layout with three distinct and private spaces that now showcase mature Japanese maples, orchids, camellias and azaleas throughout.

Pettit + Sevitt were the market leaders in project homes in the 1960s and 1970s due in part to their simplicity of design which creates great aesthetic appeal.

“The construction is so well thought through with cross ventilation, high ceilings and timber windows all being huge elements of today’s sustainability ideals,” Mr Yahl said.

“Pettit + Sevitt are arguably to this day one of the most influential, well respected and successful project home companies in Australia.”

Pettit + Sevitt created two notable display villages in St Ives, the first on Mona Vale Rd and Richmond Ave in 1964.

Funky kitchen.

Its popularity prompted the construction of another display village in 1966, to include Staddon Close and surrounding streets.

Pettit + Sevitt are still in business today and have brand new designs about to be released reflecting their classic designs.

“There is a high demand for the Pettit + Sevitt brand as our modernist designs are timeless,” said Val Sevitt.

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