Cult design

WELCOME to 1963,” said the real estate agent as I arrived at this Mt Pleasant home.

Designed by award-winning architect Peter Overman, not much has changed since he did the first sketches more than half a century ago.

The family still have the concept drawing showing the clean lines that were coming into vogue at the time, and Overman’s designs continue to be a talking point.

“A number of people come through the home-opens on a pilgrimage – mid-century modernism has a cult following,” the agent says.

With its skillion roofline and huge floor-to-ceiling windows, the house is virtually a time-capsule: right down to the original drop-pendent light fitting and the cantilevered fireplace in the open-plan lounge.

Carpet conceals original jarrah floorboards that are just waiting to be restored, and there’s even original wallpaper on the bedroom walls.

A Toodyay stone planter, topped with slatted timber, separates the lounge from the dining room.

Apparently the owner wanted the slats to run horizontal, while Overman reckoned vertical looked better.

The architect agreed with the owner; then did it his own way.

• Architect’s concept for the house.

The open plan living area is a lovely space and has huge windows overlooking an overgrown garden.

The kitchen is small and in need of work, but there’s plenty of room to extend outside or into the large laundry.

The three bedrooms are small by today’s standards and I’d be inclined to merge the two front ones to create a dressing room and en suite.

The garden is a jungle and has massive mature trees and plenty of space for hyperactive kids.

With 1014sqm to play with, there’s plenty of scope to renovate and/or subdivide. Situated on Regent Avenue in the heart of Mt Pleasant, it’s a short stroll to the Canning River and there are several shops and cafes nearby on Bateman Road.

by JENNY D’ANGER

35 Regent Avenue, Mount Pleasant
$1.190 million
Mark Clayton
0411 552 309
Shelley Clayton
0417 963 670
Shelmark Real Estate
6267 5151

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