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

The Ultimate 1970s Entertainer Hits The Market

On The Market

Located in Heidelberg, this glamorous 1970s property is in near original condition, having been barely touched since its heyday. Even better, it comes equipped with everything an entertainer’s heart desires, including a pool, palm trees (!), home bar, billiard room, and a pool house. Hello ’70s glam!

The house is one of few single-residences created by building designer Sol Sapir, noted by Built Heritage as “Melbourne’s best known high-rise specialist” in the mid 1970s.

Take a closer look at this incredible home for sale!

12th March, 2021

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Photo – Joel Noon.

Amelia Barnes
Friday 12th March 2021

‘We have tried to retain the house in its original state as much as possible as it’s a fine example of ‘70s architecture’ – Joe Sirianni.

Heidelberg (located 11 kilometres north-east of Melbourne’s CBD) is home to many wonderful 1970s properties, including this five-bedroom house currently for sale.

The house was designed by Sol Sapir, an acclaimed building designer responsible for over 100 blocks of flats in Melbourne, including several beachfront towers along Beaconsfield Parade and The Esplanade according to Built Heritage.

For the past 12 years, it’s been the home of Donna and Joe Sirianni, who raised their four children here. Unsurprisingly it’s been their perfect family home, affording each of the children their own large bedrooms, in addition to a study. There’s also numerous living spaces, many of which spill out onto balconies and the home’s extensive entertaining areas.

The property remains in near original condition thanks to Donna and Joe’s proud custodianship of the home – rather than renovate, they have mainly focussed on outdoor landscaping completed by Sinatra Murphy.  ‘We have tried to retain the house in its original state as much as possible, as it’s a fine example of ‘70s architecture,’ says Joe. ‘The timber ceilings and timber wood work are a lovely feature and are a fine example of the craftsmanship of buildings in that era.’

Of course, one can’t talk about this home without mentioning its many entertaining features. As well as the pool area there’s an additional pool house, indoor gardens, a cellar, and rumpus/billiards room with a bar.

The house is located near the banks of the Yarra River and the Main Yarra Trail, which the family have been fortunate to walk the dog along every day. ‘It’s a lovely rural setting with kangaroos, rabbits and an abundance of bird life just outside your front door,’ Joe says.

Donna and Joe’s children are now grown up, so they’re moving into this next phase of life, in a new house they’ve built in Red Hill. We hope the new owners love this Heidelberg home’s ‘70s glam feel as much as we do!

79-81 Buckingham Drive, Heidelberg is being sold by Liz Walker and James Labiris at Nelson Alexander Ivanhoe via private sale. Expressions of interest close Tuesday, 30th March at 5 pm (unless sold prior). For more information, see the full listing here.

View Comments

Similar Stories

This Week

Creative People

Landscape Studio Ayus Botanical On Creating Calming + Enduring Gardens

The husband-and-wife team of Ayus Botanical share the thoughtful processes behind their lush residential and commercial projects!
Christina Karras

News

Bruce Munro's Spectacular Light Installations Are Coming To Heide

See a showcase of light and colour when the acclaimed English-Australian artist takes over Heide Museum of Modern Art and its gardens!
Sponsored

Studio Visit

Kuku Yalanji Artist Tiarna Herczeg Creates Colourful Maps Of Country

The emerging artist shares how they found their creative voice and intuitive painting style, as their latest solo show opens in Sydney.
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Mediterranean-Inspired Holiday Home Right On The Water’s Edge

CLO Studios styled the interior of this new Noosa home (dubbed Sky Garden) with earthy tones and pieces by local artists.

Creative People

Artist and Yindjibarndi Elder Wendy Hubert On Mapping Country + Culture

Our new columnist Jirra Lulla Harvey talks to respected Yindjibarndi Elder, artist, Cultural Custodian and linguist, Wendy Hubert about Coun...
Jirra Lulla Harvey

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Costume + Production Designer, Catherine Martin

The four-time Oscar winning designer shares insights from her career working alongside husband Baz Luhrmann, and how she helped bring 'Elvis...
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Kelly Thompson’s Playful Preston Showroom Clashes Colour In The Best Way

The clever creative behind online store, Makers’ Mrkt, gives us an inside look at her fun Preston stockroom-turned-store!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Compact + Colourful Extension Of A Fun Family Home

Foomann Architects replaced this Melbourne home's dated extension with a personality-filled renovation, behind a vibrant pink door!
Christina Karras

Architecture

The Treasure-Filled Sydney Home Of Two Global Art Collectors

House Gezellig by Studio Prineas reflects their clients’ love for modernist design principles and collection of fine art.

Shopping

8 Local Creatives Making Furniture That Doubles As Art

Meet our favourite designers and makers pushing the limits of traditional furniture with their sculptural and striking pieces!
Christina Karras
  6 hours ago

Homes

A Creative Couple’s Loft-Style Pad, With Brooklyn Vibes!

Designer Phi Do and his husband Yaniv Brayer give us a tour through their warehouse-style Richmond townhouse.

Interiors

A Green New Addition For An Ageing Edwardian Home

Brave New Eco revitalises an existing Brunswick home for multiple generations with a new extension, natural material palette and clever use

Homes

A Stylist + Podcaster’s Layered, Textured Seaside Home

Kerrie-Ann Jones’ renovated retro pad in Sydney’s southern beaches is a sun-drenched dream home!
Lucy Feagins
  14 hours ago

Interiors

Two Sleek + Stylish Side-By-Side Homes On One Block!

This dual-occupancy build by Boutique Developments proves developments don't have to be generic, with each unit offering up its own contrast...
Christina Karras

Stays

A Dreamy Getaway With Panoramic Views In The Heart Of Hobart

Edwardian architecture meets a Japanese-style extension at this peaceful Tasmanian retreat, complete with spectacular views of the city, riv...
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

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 bea@thedesignfiles.net