Saade House, Black Rock: Incredible Beach Rd modernist townhouse 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 bend in the road, with 360 degree views across the bay to Geelong, Dandenong Ranges and CBD.

But it’s what’s in it that would make most real estate users lose their breath; the five-bedroom house is a design masterpiece of bars, wallpaper, lavish tiles and mirrored walls.

The amazing toad has a price guide of $3.85 million – $4.15 million ahead of the August 20 auction.

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A curved staircase is a focal point in the floor plan and design.



A whole bar on this level.


Marshall White Bayside director Matthew Pillios, who shares the list with Oliver Bruce, said it was “one of the best” properties he’s 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?’ Spread over three to four levels, it transports you back to a rock star’s home in the 70s and 80s.’


A mirrored wall in the dining area.


How about this spa in the master bathroom?


Post-war heritage study documents from the Bayside Council state that the house was built 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 ‘Mrs Saade’, was commissioned by the Saade sons to pay tribute to their father, and mimics a grand residence left in Lebanon,” study documents say.

“Emigré architects Holgar & Holgar have adopted an appropriate style with Middle Eastern influences in both the exterior and interior of the large and opulent home, which featured five bedrooms, three bathrooms, multiple living areas and an impressive grand spiral staircase.”

Ornate lighting fixtures everywhere.




Holgar & Holgar produced a number of large-scale residential properties for suburban clients including Toorak, Brighton, Caulfield, Beaumaris and Heidelberg from the late 1950s through the 1970s.

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

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