Old estates for sale

Celebrating the charming and character-filled historic properties for sale in Australia

Month: October, 2012

Another apartment in Craigston for sale

2A Craigston, Brisbane
For Sale by Tender

Another 3-bedroom apartment in the Spanish Mission-style Craigston (c1928) is on the market. The apartment is directly above the one listed a few months ago, which now appears to be under contract.

Due to changing tastes and styles over the past eight decades, each apartment is unique. Luckily this one retains most of its original features, including its crown molding, windows, doors and brick fireplace.

This apartment is for sale by tender, with offers due by November 22. Read the rest of this entry »


Duplex in The Astor

801, The Astor, Sydney

A two-floor residence in The Astor was listed for sale recently at an undisclosed price.

The Astor was built in 1922 – 1923 as a luxuriously appointed residential tower. It was developed by grazier John O’Brien, who had previously developed Wyoming further along Macquarie Street. Mr. O’Brien had purchased the site which contained several houses and flats in 1920 for 11,900 pounds.

Architects Donald Thomas Esplin and Stuart Mill Mould designed the 12-storey building in an Interwar Free Classical style. When completed, it was said to have been the highest reinforced concrete building in Australia. With the exception of the glass in the windows, the building materials were all sourced from within Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines Terrace for Sale

The Marines Terraces, Adelaide

A terrace in The Marines – a block of absolute beachfront terrace homes in Adelaide – is for sale by negotiation.

The terraces were designed by architects Bayer and Withall and developed by the Marines Residences Company in 1882-1883. Initially there were plans to build 24 residences, but at a shareholder meeting in 1883 it was decided to limit the number to 8.

The terraces were designed in the grand style of similar terraces found at English seaside resorts, such as Brighton, and were relatively affordable when compared to other marine residences in other marine townships. They were built of coursed random stone, iron roof, and balconies with cast iron balustrades and columns. Each terrace contained eleven rooms, bathroom and a large cellar. Read the rest of this entry »

Carinthia, Potts Point

Apartment 25, Carinthia

Carinthia is a block of flats built in 1925 – 1926 in Sydney’s Potts Point. The building was designed in the Inter-war Free Classical style by architect Walter Leslie Nielsen. Not much is known about Mr. Nielsen, although he did design the highly similar Carisbrooke (two doors down at No. 11) as well as Franconia in Macleay Street.

The 11 storey building originally had 40 flats. The interiors in the common areas, including the lobby and corridors remain highly original and feature timber panelling and herringbone parquet flooring. There are also two original lifts with timber panelling, brass button panels and steel gates. Read the rest of this entry »

Sydney’s Bishopscourt to sell for $25m plus

Bishopscourt, Sydney
$25 million +

The finest Gothic Revival house in New South Wales may finally be put up for sale. Bishopscourt has been the home of Sydney’s Anglican Archibishops since 1911, but its history extends back to the 1840s when it was a grand gentleman’s residence.

The sandstone mansion was originally a smaller 2-storey cottage called Percyville built in 1841 by ironmonger Thomas Woolley. In 1845, businessman Thomas Sutcliffe Mort leased the land and purchased the cottage and 2.8 hectare estate the following year for 2,500 pounds. Mr. Mort was a pioneer of weekly wool auctions and the refrigeration of food. He was also one of the founders of the AMP Society.

Mort, along with architect J.F. Hilly, transformed the cottage into a gentleman’s residence in 1846 and named it Greenoaks. Later additions were made by Edmund Blacket in 1859 and Professor Leslie Wilkinson in 1935. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Glebe Point Road Mansion

Hartford, Glebe

‘Hartford’ is a rare and largely intact example of a Queen Anne Federation home in Glebe, Sydney.

The home was built for American-born dentist E. Randolph Magnus in 1898.  The home, with Scottish Baronial elements, is also said to have an American influence, which is apt given the background of its first owner. Read the rest of this entry »

One of Brisbane’s oldest houses for sale

Eskgrove, East Brisbane

At almost 160 years old, Eskgrove is one of Brisbane’s oldest houses. The modest sandstone house was built for former Sydney bank manager Archibald Hepburn Hutchinson. Mr. Hutchinson purchased the land in 1853 from James Charles Burnett, surveyor and explorer, and built the house in the same year. At the time of completion, it was one of only three river estates along this section of the Brisbane River.

Mr. Hutchinson died at Eskgrove the year following its completion. His wife and children returned to Sydney shortly after and the house was rented out. During the late 1800s it had several prominent tenants including Brisbane Portmaster George Poynter Heath, who later went on to build more spacious digs at Hanworth, just 100 meters south of Eskgrove. Read the rest of this entry »

Mt Rothwell Homestead

Mt. Rothwell Homestead
Expression of Interest

The Mt. Rothwell Homestead is a heritage-listed home built in 1873 for pastoralist Robert Chirnside. Mr. Chirnside purchased the land in 1865 and had architect P. Colquhuoun design the blustone Victorian Italianate mansion.  It is historically significant for its association with the Chirnside family – one of the leading pastoral families with extensive land holdings throughout the colony.

It is also architecturally significant as it remains a relatively intact example of a 19th century pastoral home. Some of the original features include hand-painted ceilings and walls by American artist Clay Beeler. These are said to be the last remaining examples in a private home in Victoria. Read the rest of this entry »

Maleny mountain retreat

Kunda / Rowan House, Mount Mellum

Kunda House (aka Rowan House) is a 1940s hillside chalet just outside of Maleny on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It was designed by Brisbane architect John Gerard (Gerry) Trude and built in 1939 for Jim and Iris Kerr and their family.

Many of the original features of the home remain intact, including the stone fireplace built from local rubble stone. Other original details include walls and some ceilings finished in clear lacquered Queensland timber and the original tennis court which the Kerr’s often opened to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Glynt Manor back on the market

Glynt Manor, Mount Martha

In a rather unusual twist, Glynt Manor has been put back on the market less than 7 months after the current sellers purchased it.

The coastal home was designed by architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear for the Henty family. When it was completed in 1914, it was a single-storey farmhouse. The castle-like 2nd-storey was a later addition. Read the rest of this entry »