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Retro Doncaster mid-century modern pad has ‘upside down’ floorplan

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11 Benton Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

11 Benton Court, Doncaster, is being described as a retro, funky family home.


Groovy vintage charm is writ large over the exposed brick and cedar-clad walls at this mid-century modern gem in an unexpected spot.

An oddity for Doncaster, the 1970s-built 11 Benton Court pad has a lot of the hallmarks that are finding their way back into display homes, as volume builders look for ways to stand out from the crowd.

Barry Plant Doncaster director Mark Di Giulio said with vintage charm not on buyers’ lists in the area historically, this one was a “survivor” that had the eye of inner-city Melburnians.

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“What was old is now new again, it’s a funky house and I like it,” Mr Di Giulio said.

The current owners bought it for its retro vibe a decade ago, and have preserved the rare character with a reverse-living floorplan he refers to as “an upside down house”.

11 Benton Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

The mid-century modern style starts at the angular front door.


11 Benton Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

Exposed brickwork has come back into fashion in recent years.


Step inside the eye-catching angular front door, of the kind “pioneered by the Merchant Builders” who drove the mid-century modern era, and a foyer connects to the double garage and a rumpus room or home office.

But for the most part you will move upstairs to the living zone.

Here, a lounge room warmed by an open fireplace provides a cosy retreat that drinks in northern sunshine.

11 Benton Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

A retro kitchen has been refreshed with new benchtops.


11 Benton Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

Garden outlooks have been considered from every room in the home.


The dining room separates it from the kitchen where dark timber cabinetry keeps the past alive.

A meals area and family room then form the heart of the home, with each space making the most of windows looking out to a north-facing veranda.

“The garden has been designed to be brought indoors, so no matter which window you are at there will be a green outlook,” Mr Di Giulio said.

The four bedrooms are zoned to the rear, with the main boasting a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. A study at the other end could be a guest bedroom if desired.

11 Benton Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

The home’s unusual shape allows for extensive natural light to enter its living spaces.


11 Benton Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

A cedar-clad staircase leads to the home’s main living spaces from a modest ground floor in what the agent calls an “upside down house” arrangement.


The home is walking distance to Westfield Doncaster and schools.

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