So I’m going to make a bold call here, but I have to call it - I think I’ve found my favourite Iwan Iwanoff house yet. (At least my fave of all the ones I’ve visited so far!) It’s this quietly shy beauty – the Frank House in Menora.
Owned by Michael and Carmen Forde, who live with their gorgeous one-year-old daughter Wylie and their very funny German shorthaired pointer Ferdinand, the Frank House was built in 1961.
The Frank House is perhaps one of the lesser-known Iwanoffs, but is no less special than its more publicly lauded counterparts. Unlike more iconic Iwanoffs such as Paganin House, Kessel House or Marsala House that have been the subject of much media attention, The Frank House has always flown a little under the radar.
“I didn’t even know where Menora was!” Carmen tells me of the first time she and Michael went to see what was to become their new home. The Frank House was also built on a whisper quiet cul-de-sac opposite parkland. Teamed with its lovely yet understated façade, and the fact that chances are, you would never find this Iwanoff unless you were seeking it, and it’s not too surprising that The Frank House has been a quieter Iwanoff. Before the Fordes bought it seven years ago, it had stayed in the same family for decades, its original owners living in the house until well into their old age.