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    Brian Mazlin’s Pearl Beach House enters the market

    Nicholas Rider

    A restored, architect-designed 1960s beach house by Brian Mazlin is up for sale in Sydney.

    With its simple post-and-beam structure, Pearl Beach House is a nod to the experimental Case Study Houses of California. Born in American during the 1940s, the style – sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine – challenged major architects to design homes that made modernist principles accessible to the masses.

    Pearl Beach House was restored in 2010 by architect Tom Ferguson, who reconfigured the upstairs space.

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    The home is situated across two levels. On the ground level, a clinker brick plinth houses a guest suite that opens out onto beach, headland and garden views. This space accommodates a bedroom, bathroom, laundry and storage area. The palette of materials and colours is simple, and features timber and glass set against a restrained, monochromatic colour scheme. 

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    Above this sits a light-filled platform composed of post and beam structures. Stretching north-east to south-west and wrapped with verandahs, this elevated space opens onto forest and garden views to the rear and views of Pearl Beach to the front. Entering via timber stairs, the upper area contains two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining spaces, and a kitchen.

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    Ferguson’s restoration saw the opening of the kitchen onto dining and living spaces and the removal of dividing walls in the main living spaces. At the rear of the house, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a deck were incorporated to bring light and air to a previously isolated area. As part of the restoration, Ferguson also moved the laundry downstairs, divided one bathroom into two, and enlarged the second bedroom.

    Pearl Beach House is being offered for sale via Modern House, a dedicated site for architect-designed residences.  

    Images: Modern House 

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