Retro beach shack where tenants can step back in time

This original 1960s beach shack is for rent for $800 a week.

A retro beach shack where millennials can step back in time to the Coast’s booming 1960s surf culture is up for rent for $800 a week.

The all-original fibro home at 9 Alkira Ave, Palm Beach is in hot demand by younger tenants looking for a funky alternative to the modern units and duplexes that have transformed the booming oceanfront suburb.

“It’s definitely a vibe,” said leasing agent Shaun Carney, of 44 Home.

Listing photos show vintage pieces in every room, although the home can be leased unfurnished.

Listing photos show the quirky four-bedroom house furnished with period pieces from the swinging 60s in every room.

The home was built in 1965 on a 622sq m block and held by one owner until April this year, when it sold off-market for $1.52 million, sight-unseen to an interstate buyer, in a deal transacted by Paul Hilliard, of McGrath.

44 Home property manager Lisa Mussing said a 12-month lease was on offer while the new owner sought development approval to build a family home on the site.

The cheerful retro kitchen is filled with light.

“Walking in it is totally like stepping back in time — it’s all-original and in a sense that’s pretty cool,” Ms Mussing said.

“We are finding these sorts of houses are so popular now. People are loving the original condition houses where they can bring their own style.”

Ms Mussing said the relatively high price point made the property more attractive to singles as a share house, with scores of inquiries received within days of its listing.

The house on Alkira Ave was sold off-market in April for $1.52 million.

“A family or professional couple probably wouldn’t jump at this because it is so original. This particular house will more than likely be developed, and for that reason the owner is open to a share house arrangement,” she said.

Original orange drapes frame the living areas, where vintage glass pendant lights hang over thick patterned carpet.

The light-filled kitchen is equally groovy, with its original custom cabinetry and psychedelic floral splashbacks.

There’s four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The unique property for rent serves as a temporary time capsule to a bygone era amid the once-maligned southern suburb’s ongoing gentrification.

Now a thriving hub of dining and nightlife, Palm Beach property values have spiked accordingly, with developers fast-tracking luxury apartment towers, and homeowners paying waterfront prices for knockdowns.

House prices were up 11.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 to a median of $1.1 million, according to CoreLogic data, while weekly rent for houses in the suburb climbed 22.2 per cent since last year to an average of $799 in May, SQM Research figures show.

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