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9 Fiona Rd, Beecroft, was designed and built by Civic Constructions in the 1970s.

TO the untrained and unappreciative eye, houses like the one at 9 Fiona Rd, Beecroft, have no great architectural significance.
But after an encounter with a mid 20th century Australian architecture enthusiast, Oliver Sheehan from Ray White Epping discovered the true historic value of the property.
“Houses like this have a cult following,” Mr Sheehan said.
“One woman travelled across Sydney just to see this house. She was a fan of the period and design.”
Only enthusiasts would recognise the house’s provenance that ties it tightly into an era that spanned the 1960s and ’70s, when new land in Sydney was being subdivided and new houses, many of the highest calibre, were being built.
The owners of 50 years commissioned project home builder Civic Constructions to design and build the house. It has been officially recorded that the company was active before its more famous and renowned counterpart Pettit&Sevitt.

It is most probably the “Elmtree” design, a split-level four-bedroom house that still holds its own in 2018 for a layout that cleverly separates living and sleeping areas to create a sense of spaciousness.
The north-facing brick house is in original condition and has been immaculately maintained.
It is a time capsule that contains a raft of desirable features such as high ceilings, timber finishes, wrought-iron staircases, modular kitchen and floor-to-ceiling timber-famed doors that open to wide decks – in an idyllic setting on 765sqm.

A clever split-level design allows for spacious living zones separated from the sleeping area.
The property is for sale with a guide of $1.6 million.
George Agostino from First National Hunters Hill, Gladesville and Ryde is marketing a property on the Hunters Hill peninsula that was commissioned by the owners in the mid-1970s.
The two-storey 1975 completed house with tinted arched windows and doors is of double-brick and concrete construction. It is on a level 944sqm block at 49 Woolwich Rd.
“Anyone who knows anything about durability and good design will appreciate this house,” Mr Agostino said.

49 Woolwich Rd, Hunters Hill, captures the ambience of the Mediterranean.
When the house was designed, the owners were seeking a way to respect the colonial developers of the exclusive suburb, Didier and Joules Joubert.
“The home was to reflect the flavour of the Mediterranean hilltop houses in Provence France,” the owners told Mr Agostino.
Vast living zones take up the ground floor, which is configured around a central courtyard.
The first floor has two “wings’ that contain two living zones, seven bedrooms (three with ensuites) and a main bathroom.
“The home has that 1970s flavour to it,” Mr Agostino said.

The house has huge rooms, high ceilings, tiled and parquetry floors and a fabulous entrance.
This is reflected in parquetry floors, timber finishes, hi-gloss gloss printed wallpaper in excellent condition and high vaulted ceilings.
The property goes to auction on Saturday, November 10, with a guide of $4.1 million to $4.5 million.
The red-brick house on 809sqm at 48 Japonica Rd, Epping, is in one of the suburb’s later subdivisions from the 1960s-1970s.
Its pitched roof, floor-to-ceiling windows and timber floors are typical of many project homes built in the 1960s.

48 Japonica Rd, Epping, has a typical 1960s design.
The owners of this compact three-bedroom house have added a new kitchen and updated the two bathrooms.
Sadly, these recent refurbishments may not save the house from the wrecking ball.
Betty Ockerlander from McGrath Epping said the 20-plus groups that inspected the property at the first open had one intention.
“It’s a pull-down,” Ms Ockerlander said. “A couple of people liked the house but most see it and only see the great block.”
She said it was less expensive to knock down and rebuild rather than to have to tamper with the fibro in the roof.

High vaulted ceilings and floor-to ceiling windows let in natural light.
“Not many people appreciate the different house styles and architecture. They don’t get it,” Ms Ockerlander said.
The property goes to auction on Saturday, November 10, with a $1.150 million to $1.256 million guide.

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