WHEN a home designed by architect Ivan Iwanoff was gutted by fire earlier this year headlines lamented the “loss of a local treasure”.
Thirty years after his death, aged 67, Bulgarian-born Iwanoff is still regarded as one of Australia’s best and a wander through this Cranbrook Street, Coolbinia home reveals why.
Quite simply this four-bedroom home has sleek lines and beautiful spaces that look as elegant and space-aged as when it was built in the late 50s or early 60s.
The vendors added an extension, enhancing the maestro’s design with gorgeous open spaces perfect for today’s family.
Iwanoff’s work is tagged “brutalist”, but there’s nothing brutal about the gorgeous skillion roof lines, and the use of limestone bricks for the exterior walls.
Step inside and you’ll think you’ve walked into a Home Beautiful magazine straight from the 50s.
A lake of silken-honey blackbutt floors shimmer with life and light thanks to banks of huge windows, and glass doors.
They flow down a set of stairs to the bedroom wing and in the other direction through to a second living area beyond the kitchen.
There are three sitting areas, each with its own access to the outdoors.
Golden timber stylishly frames the semi-open kitchen from the living area, while glossy-black drawers and cupboards and white Caesarstone benchtops are a touch of class at the working end of this commodious space.
A six-burner Smeg stove/oven and a tall double pantry add to the delight of cooking in this attractive space.
French doors off the dining area lead to an expansive covered alfresco area, with a timbered deck and timber and alsynite ceiling.
There’s a swath of grass and manicured hedges, backdropped by many huge neighbourhood trees.
Stone stairs lead down to one of the best timber-cubby houses you’ll ever see, nestled under a magnificent flame tree, where the kids have their own grassy promenade to run and play.
Asked what she loved about living here the vendor said simply: “The lot. I love the open design…the wow factor as you walk in the door and it has a nice vibe.”
She also likes that it’s so close to the local shopping centre she can walk, and that there’s a park mere metres away to walk the dog.
“And there’s a nice mix of people in the area. Families and people who have been here for the past 50 years.”
by JENNY D’ANGER
7 Cranbrook St, Coolbinia
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