/Untouched early ‘70s home a retro design lover’s dream

Untouched early ‘70s home a retro design lover’s dream

7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek

7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek is on the market for the first time.

Step inside this ‘70s stunner and you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stepped back in time.

Set on the forest fringe, the preserved showpiece of early 1970s style features a split-level design with distinctive pitched roof, timber-lined walls and ceilings and a striking staircase.

It’s now up for sale for the first time since it was built close to 50 years ago.

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7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek

The copy of Home Beautiful the home appeared in sits on the dining room table.

The four-bedroom house at 7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek is being offered for private sale with a $700,000-$770,000 price guide.

Like a retro time capsule, the property appears much the same as when it featured in Home Beautiful magazine in August 1972, Bell Real Estate Belgrave’s Sharyn Chandler said.

“It’s in completely original condition,” she said. “It has the same furniture as you can see in the magazine — even the same kitchen stools and light fittings — it’s just magnificent.”

7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek

The property was built circa 1970-1971.

1972 magazine feature on 7 Macnamara St Ferny Creek

The 1972 magazine feature describes variations made to the “Alpine” project home for the owners.

The original magazine feature describes the “Alpine” project home with variations made for its owners by architects Kostromin and Dobbin and builders Lucas and Morris.

And the “unusual stairway with its light stained open box work” and white painted brick facade with dark stained fascias and balconies described can be seen the same today.

A steeply pitched roof with raked ceiling, a full-height fireplace and kitchen with curved countertop are also highlights of the design.

7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek

The curved kitchen countertop is a standout.

7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek

Exposed brick and timber feature extensively throughout.

“As well as the style, the location adds another dimension,” Ms Chandler said.

“It’s on a no-through road backing Sherbrook Forest. It’s stunning — it’s a beautiful block.”

The untouched property had attracted a huge response since hitting the market, with large numbers through its first open-for-inspection last week, Ms Chandler said.

Its seventies style had found favour not just with design devotees but homebuyers, too.

“It’s absolutely back in vogue. And it really shows because of the amount of interest we’ve had in it,” she said.

“People are even coming to look at the furniture, and be inspired by what it is because you just don’t see it anymore.”

7 Macnamara St, Ferny Creek

The dramatic sloped ceiling and large windows are highlights.

It was likely the property would be sold within a couple of days.

“We expect it to be snapped up quickly,” Ms Chandler said.

She said buyers often came to the area seeking properties with distinct charm, which it offered from its Tudor-style homes to California bungalows and cottages.

“People are drawn to character,” she said. “They don’t want to necessarily come to the hills for an average house.”

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