Late Victorian in Bronte

by AF

Bronte Road, Sydney

One of the Waverley area’s best surviving Late Victorian villas is still for sale after it failed to sell at an auction in October. *Update: The house sold in December 2012 for $5.6 million

The two-story Italianate home, complete with castellated tower, was built sometime between 1880 and 1883 (sources vary). The elaborate stucco, scrollwork, iron lace and etched glass front door are all said to be original.

In 1916, it became the Sydney Home for Babies, but later reverted to private ownership.

The current sellers paid $5.3 million for the home in 2009. While the front of the house has stayed largely true to original form, the interior and rear of the house appears to have been significantly altered and modernized by the current owners.

A photo taken several years before the recent renovations


The house was put up for auction on October 27 with expectations of $6.5 million-plus, but did not sell on the day. It sold in December for $5.6 million.


424 Bronte Road, Bronte, Sydney
– 8 min drive to Bondi Beach (3km)
– 20 min walk to Tamarama Beach
– 12 min walk to Bronte Beach

Images and listing information via

‘Around the Blok at Bronte’ September 29-30, The Sydney Morning Herald.
NSW Government Environment & Heritage