This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Top Ten Australian Homes of 2015 · Tim Ross and Michelle Glew-Ross


In keeping with our annual tradition, we’re taking a little break over the sleepy Christmas to New Year period. During this time we’ll be posting the TOP TEN Australian Homes of 2015, based on your pageviews, comments and your feedback! We’re kicking this series off today with a serious crowd pleaser – the incredible mid century Sydney home of comedian Tim Ross and family!

In February of this year we visited Tim, his wife Michelle and their two sons in their beautiful 1950’s home. Originally designed by architect Bill Baker, the Ross family are worthy custodians of this gem, having lovingly restored the home over the years.

28th December, 2015
Lucy Feagins
Monday 28th December 2015

Australian comedian and regular TDF collaborator, Tim Ross has a passion for all things mid-century. Even his popular comedy show, Man About the House, tours the country and is staged in iconic mid-century homes. Tim is also the type of guy that always finds the best furniture of this era on the side of the road, even if it means driving home with half a couch sticking out of his station wagon.

In 2005, Tim took his obsession to a more permanent level when he purchased his Sydney home, built in 1959 for the Atherton family, and designed by their friend, architect Bill Baker. ‘Bill was an architect and a Qantas Pilot – a multitasker like John Travolta’ Tim explains! Today, Tim shares the home with his wife Michelle Glew-Ross, and their two young sons Bugsy and Bobby.

The Ross family home is a testament to the timelessness of modernist architecture. It’s the kind of property that could easily have been knocked down, had it fallen into the wrong hands. Luckily, this house found it’s perfect match, and it’s a love affair that is still going strong, ten years on!

For the full story and many more photos of this beautiful mid-century family home AND the film we made about Tim’s house, do pop back and revisit the original post!

Michelle and Tim on the front porch outside Bugsy’s room. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email