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    Melbourne Home · Ada & Leon Kagan

    This very special home in Melbourne’s leafy suburb of Elsternwick belongs to Ada and Leon Kagan, who have lived here for 57 years! The property was originally part of a land subdivision of the Rippon Lea Estate – as were all the neighbouring properties. Leon and Ada purchased the land at auction in 1953, later hiring architectural firm Bogle & Banfield Associates to design the house. In 1956 construction commenced, and by 1957 they had settled in to their brand new home!
















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    That's a whole lot of stuff I hate.
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    Is it presented as a homage to the 1950s or have they seriously not touched it for 50 years? Either way I hate it, especially that depressing bedroom. That neighbourhood has some MUCH nicer Edwardian architecture.
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    The entire batch of wallpaper has to burn somewhere, and take the kitchen wall tiles with you too.
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    I don't hate everything about it (the patio looks ok) just most of it. It reminds me of one of the "before" houses on Property Brothers or one of those home reno shows where they gut and update the whole thing.
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    Goddamnit, I LOVED Melbourne. I forgot the name of our hotel, but it was almost next to this massive school (college?) for the deaf. That place had great architecture, too.

    And our room looked across a pond that was filled with black swans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    The entire batch of wallpaper has to burn somewhere, and take the kitchen wall tiles with you too.
    Yes, those were the really bad parts. Can't have been charming, even sixty years ago. But take that tile out and suddenly those royal blue countertops could be neat.

    I dunno, I can't hate this. I don't think this couple's taste was ever particularly tasteful, but it's such an interesting time capsule of the late 1950s-1970s. I love their old books--did you notice the original James Bond paperback? I see stuff from that whole time period, though the whitewashed rattan could be 80s. I don't think they've changed anything since then.

    In my years of estate saling, I've seen really stylish interiors literally unchanged since the 50s--I was standing there wondering where I'd forgotten my TARDIS, because it was as close to time travel as one can get. I recall a few places were just stunning even to those who don't necessarily worship vintage interiors. This is not in that category. The outside spaces are lovely, though.
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