Back to the future

MID-CENTURY modern seems to be making a comeback, and as I walked inside this award-winning 1960s home in Melville I could see why.

This Potts Street house, situated on an 812sqm block, is as timeless today as it was almost 60 years ago.

A small number of structural changes have been made over the years to accommodate the modern family, but they don’t compromise the property’s original sleek lines.

“We have taken it back to what the home was, with a few modern tweaks,” the owner says.

The front garden is a tranquil oasis dominated by sculptural cacti, a swathe of lawn and a row of fir trees screening Melville High School across the road.

Even pupils flooding out the gates at home time can’t spoilt the sense of relaxation in a covered sitting area at the front of the home, says the owner.

Passing through the house’s glass-fronted entry you enter a spacious open plan, where timber-beamed vaulted ceilings and walls of glass ensure plenty of natural light.

Polished concrete floors add an industrial twist to white walls, and a gun-grey half wall dramatically divides the huge dining room and an even larger kitchen.

The kitchen has loads of stone benchtops, a central island/breakfast bar, a swag of cupboards and drawers, and a big pantry.

It’s a short step into the lounge/family room, where french doors open onto a covered alfresco area.


It’s a massive entertaining space with a table-tennis table and an outdoor setting.

A bank of fruit trees line the high fence and there’s grass for the kids to play on.

The three bedrooms and bathroom form a separate wing, with the main overlooking the cactus garden on one side and a citrus tree garden on the other.

Getting the kids to school is as easy as opening the gate, with Melville High across the road and the primary school a 10-minute walk away.

After you drop them off there’s a number of cafes and shops nearby on Marmion Street.


9 Potts St, Melville
mid to high $800,000s
Toby Bellegarde
0411 166 983
Siobhan Micale
0410 085 174
Yard Property | 9339 1006

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