Famous Tarragindi Retro House in the Market After 38 Years

retro house tarragindi Mater Prize Home No. 22,
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A distinctively familiar retro house on Marshall Road in Tarragindi is going on the auction block for the first time in 38 years and it’s one with an equally interesting history as Mater Prize Home No. 22. 

Anyone who has walked or driven past this house for the last 57 years has admired its quirky beauty. Designed by architect John Dawson and builder Les Smith, it’s one of 100 houses built for the Mater Prize Home Art Union fundraising initiative. 



“I’ve only been eyeing it off for about 6 years when I drove past it for the first time and almost crashed while staring at it,” one local said in the Facebook group Retro Houses for Sale.  

“The amount of times I’ve driven past and audibly sighed at this home’s beauty…and now it’s for sale!”

But in 1964, when Mater Prize Home No. 22 went up the market for the first time, it was billed as  “the latest ultra-modern Mater prize home.” 

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The house featured four “dazzling bedrooms,” an “ultra-modern kitchen,” a deluxe dining room, lounge with a built-in sofa, patios and two garages. It also had a well-manicured garden with a “secluded barbecue area,” which was quite forward-looking at that time. 

Some time ago, the former owners added security grills on the patio as an airy pet enclosure. But over the decades, this house has retained almost all of its original retro features, including the original hardwood flooring underneath the carpets. 



Mater Prize Home No. 22, protected as local heritage-listed property, is going up for auction on-site on Sunday, 28 March 28, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. If you love retro houses, don’t let this  beautiful piece of history out of your grasp!