Caulfield north mid-century masterpiece designed by architect Dr Ernest Fooks gives buyers groovy vibes
A “very cool” Caulfield North house designed by renowned mid-century modernist architect Dr Ernest Fooks is wowing buyers.
The groovy pad at 3 Craddock Ave was the brainchild of the multi-award winning Dr Fooks, whose firm designed more than 40 Melbourne apartment blocks and commercial premises.
Gary Peer & Associates Caulfield North agent Daniel Fisher said the house’s owners had renovated the five-bedroom property since purchasing it nine years ago.
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Mr Fisher said the vendors “have maintained the home’s original features as much as possible, while bringing it into today”.
“It’s very cool, I reckon we will get a lot of people coming because of the style,” Mr Fisher said.
Original timber-lined ceilings, the kitchen’s Corion bench tops and walls of glass windows and doors offering central alfresco area views remain in the circa-1965 home along with an eye-catching wet bar.
“For the current owners, who are in the whiskey industry, the bar was really important to them from an entertaining aspect,” Mr Fisher said.
The property’s large 878sq m block and location are among its other drawcards.
“It’s so unique and bright, and in such a good location being near Hawthorn and Balaclava and having Caulfield Park on your doorstep,” Mr Fisher said.
“The floor plan, if you were to come back in 20 years, would still be really functional.”
The home is for sale with a $3.8m-$4.18m asking range. The property last sold for $1.7m in 2013, according to CoreLogic.
If you’re a mid-century fan but don’t have a massive budget, an apartment in a block designed by Dr Fooks, at 1/647 Inkerman Rd, Caulfield North, is also on the market with a $550,000-$600,000 price guide.
Mr Fisher’s colleague Daniel Peer has the listing.
A house which Dr Fooks designed for himself and wife Noemi at 32 Howitt Rd, Caulfield North, sold for $3.945m in 2021.
Dr Fooks was born in 1906 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, when it was part of Austria-Hungary.
He immigrated to Australia just before World War II and in 1944 was appointed the first lecturer in town planning at the Melbourne Technical College (now the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).
After Dr Fooks died in 1985, the University of Melbourne established an annual memorial award in honour of his excellence in architectural design.
The home will be auctioned at 3.30pm on September 11.
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