Saade House, Black Rock: Incredible Beach Rd modernist mansion for sale

Concrete pillars of paradise at 344 Beach Rd, Black Rock.

One of Melbourne’s most incredible mid-century homes has hit the market on Beach Rd.

‘Saade House’ at No. 344 along the iconic Bayside stretch in Black Rock sits on a slight curve in the road, with 360-degree views of the bay to Geelong, Dandenong Ranges and CBD.

But it’s what’s inside that would make most property perusers lose their breath; the five-bedroom house is a design masterpiece of bars, wallpapers, lavish tiles and mirrored walls.

The amazing pad has a $3.85m-$4.15m price guide ahead of its August 20 auction.

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A curved staircase is a floorplan and design focal point.

Tones and textures.

An entire bar area on this level.

Marshall White Bayside director Matthew Pillios, who shares the listing with Oliver Bruce, said it was “one of the greatest” properties he had ever listed.

“The house is very, very well known,” he said.

“Every time you go into a room, it’s like ‘wow, what’s next, what’s next?’ It’s over three-four levels and brings you back to a rock star’s house in the ‘70s and ‘80s.”

Nothing but swank.

A mirrored wall in the dining corner.

How about this spa in the main bathroom?

Bayside Council post-war heritage study documents state the home was constructed in 1975 for the Saade family to designs by architects Holgar & Holgar, and built by Rex Anthony Doran.

“It is suggested that the house, designed for ‘Messrs Saade’, was commissioned by the Saade sons to pay tribute to their father, and emulates a grand residence left behind in Lebanon,” study documents state.

“Émigré architects Holgar & Holgar adopted a suitably Middle Eastern-influenced style in both the exterior and interiors of the large and opulent house, which contained five bedrooms, three bathrooms, multiple living areas and an impressive grand curving staircase.”

Ornate light fittings throughout.

A perfect perch, too.

360-degree views.

Holgar & Holgar produced a number of large-scale residences for clients in suburbs including Toorak, Brighton, Caulfield, Beaumaris and Heidelberg from the late 1950s to the 1970s.

These projects celebrated the technical, architectural and expressive possibilities of concrete.

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