Architectural icon for sale in exclusive Perth suburb for under $2m

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A slice of Perth’s history is up for grabs with an Iwan Iwanoff modernist home in Dalkeith listed for sale.

The 1960s-built residence, which was designed by the late Bulgarian-born architect, presents a rare opportunity to own an Iwanoff home, says selling agent Mark Anderson, of Anderson Davies Real Estate.

Set on a 1072-square-metre block, 13 Minora Road, Dalkeith, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and open, airy living spaces. It is priced at $1.95 million.

There is also a pool and polished timber floors.

Mr Anderson said interest in the home had been strong.

“The house itself is rare in this price range,” he said.

“It is in a beautiful spot on a corner block. I think whoever is going to buy it is going to renovate it.

“The ideal buyer is someone obviously is interested in Iwanoff homes.”

Iwanoff, who died in 1986, became one of Perth’s most famous architects and was renowned for his brutalist style, concrete blockwork, use of timber and other trademark features, including letterboxes that were futuristic looking and designed to be part of the house.

Several homes designed by Iwanoff in the 1960s and 70s can be found in Dianella, City Beach and in Floreat.

One of the most famous is the Marsala House in Dianella, which has a light-up disco floor. It was built in 1976 and restored in the 2000s.

On The Boulevard in Floreat, a labour of love is underway to recreate one of Iwanoff’s most well-known homes, which was gutted by fire in December 2015.

Named Paganin House, the striking home was built in 1965 for a merchant family.

It featured marble privacy panels, wood panelling and stone, a pool, spa, three bars and Palm Spring style gardens.

Town of Cambridge acting chief executive Jason Lyon said a building permit was issued in January and he understood the new building will match as closely as practicable to the previous house, but with some minor changes to comply with current Building Codes of Australia.

Tim Wright, of Wright Feldhusen Architects, has designed the new abode.

“The owner is to be commended for their intent to restore this notable Floreat home, considered by many to be one of the best examples of Iwan Iwanoff’s unique architectural style which, when combined with the Paganin family’s trade in marble and timber, resulted in an iconic example of 1960s architecture in Perth,” Town of Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon said.