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Iwanoff’s Classic ‘Marsala House’ In Dianella, Famed For its Disco Room, Is On The Market

38 Sycamore Rise, Dianella, WA 6059

Offers 5 Beds 3 Baths 1483 SQM
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A concrete masterpiece by famed architect Iwan Iwanoff is truly a one-of-a-kind property, hiding groovy undertones underneath its brutalist exterior.

A favourite amongst WA architects and design lovers, the Marsala House was constructed at the behest of Sergio Marsala, a Perth builder, who asked Iwanoff to plan his family home around one outrageously lavish feature: a ‘disco’ with a light-up checkerboard disco stage.

The legendary disco room the home is known for does not disappoint. With its original light-up disco stage, DJ booth, lounge, mid-century Venetian chandelier, crocodile look wallpaper, and a built-in sound system it feels more like a time capsule to Saturday Night Fever than a residential home.

“It is a sculptural work of art and an incredible lifestyle estate,” ZSA ZSA Property principal Danielle Geagea said.

“It really has everything you need to live the ultimate lifestyle. You have this incredible, unique, once-off house that simply can’t really be replicated,” she added.

The home is the newest abode on the State Register of Heritage Places and notably, is the only one of Iwanoff’s designs to be listed on the register despite the reverence placed on his work.

Marsala House’s awe-inspiring brutalist elevation is ostentatious and perched high on the hill and set on a sprawling 1,483 sqm block, demanding attention and admiration for its bold design.

The landscaped gardens contrast with the concrete blocks of the façade, making for a dynamic and sleek display that shows how a monochromatic and minimal design can sometimes say more than a maximalist design.

With its split-levels, pristine grass, expansive flower beds, swimming pool, spa, gymnasium and vista, the property is one for those for love to entertain.

Once you enter the abode, the 1970s glitz and glamour really takes off.

The home has an air of high-end sophistication, but exudes the sense of warmth and volume juxtaposing with the harsh exterior.

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The sunken living rooms that dot the premise provide that 70s opulence with a sense of comfort are great spaces to wind down and entertain. A second sunken lounge and living space next to the rear garden and disco room round out the additional two living spaces.

An impressive balcony adjoins the lounge, providing the ideal vantage point for enjoying a drink and taking in the panoramic views.

The first floor is anchored by the upstairs bar and formal dining room, which communicates effortlessly with the formal sunken lounge and kitchen.

With its handmade wallpaper, pure wool carpet, lavish window treatments, and stunning views waking up and retiring in the main bedroom is a special treat in and of itself. Adjoining is the ensuite, complete with custom Italian marble and curved wall details and mirrors, as well as underfloor heating.

Iwanoff properties a hot commodity

Only a handful of Iwanoff properties were ever constructed, so when one comes to market it is a bit of a rarity.

But for Geagea, who sold Iwanoff’s Frank House in Menora a few years ago, it is her second Iwanoff home in as many weeks.

She recently listed the Golowin House – the iconic 1959 abode is now under offer – and Geagea said interest in the property was high.

“Iwanoffs are tightly held and they rarely pop up for sale,” she said.

“I don’t think I have ever seen to Iwanoffs on the market at the same time. They are not frequently on the market for sale which is a lovely thing, you are not one of many you are one of a few.”

Geagea said many buyers are on the lookout for an Iwanoff property.

“Now more so than ever Iwanoff is in the public eye, his works are really appreciated and coveted. If you are able to snap one up it is a rarity, they are in good demand,” she said.

“Buying an Iwanoff is certainly an educated real estate decision, but they are also emotional decisions. With the demand for Iwanoff homes, we get hundreds of enquires,” she concluded.

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