Old estates for sale

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

Month: November, 2012

Wyralla, Darling Point

Wyralla House, Darling Point
Offers over $2,900,000

‘Wyralla’ is a Federation Queen Anne style 2-storey home dating from 1906. It was built on part of Lot 66 of the original Mona Estate subdivision which was auctioned off in 1904. The estate was named after the original ‘Mona’ residence which is still standing and is No. 38 further along the road.

The house was part of a group of investment homes built along Mona Road between 1900 and 1910. It shares a common party wall with No. 12, and the two homes were said to have been built at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »


Dungowan Flats Auction

Apartment 17, Dungowan Flats, Manly

A 2-bedroom flat in the historic ‘Dungowan’ on Manly Beach will be put up for auction in early December. *Update: The apartment has been sold.

Dungowan Flats was built in 1919 by pastoralist and company director Leslie Sprague. He named the building after his rural property ‘Dungowan Station’ near Tamworth.  Read the rest of this entry »

Monegeetta’s Mintaro sold on auction day

Mintaro sold for $3 million on its auction day on November 15, with the new buyers planning to restore the grand Italianate mansion and open it to the public by offering tours in the future.

Read more about Mintaro here.

Beulah Flats Kirribilli

Apartments 17 and 22
Miami (former Beulah Flats), Kirribilli

Two apartments in the historic Beulah Flats building (now ‘Miami’) will go to auction next month.

Beulah Flats was built in 1908 for Helena C. White (Countess Morner and Marquise de Ruvigny) and designed by architect Roscoe J. Collins. It was one of the first high-rises on the Sydney Harbour foreshore and one of Kirribilli’s largest and earliest flats. The land was purchased from the Beulah Estate subdivision.

The five story building was built in the Federation Romanesque style. It originally had 171 rooms, a basement floor at water level with semi-circular windows, resident lounge, billiard room, dining room and private sea baths. There was also a 10,000 sqft rooftop garden. Many flats had beautiful vistas of the harbor, which were later enhanced by the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 and the Opera House in 1973. Read the rest of this entry »

126-yr old Warriston Terrace House

Warriston, Brisbane

Built in 1886, Warriston is a pair of two timber semi-detached houses with a common-roof.

The semi-detached homes were built for Brisbane alderman and former proprietor of the Glasgow Boot & Shoe Mart in Queen Street, David Pringle Milne. Mr. Milne purchased two adjoining blocks of land in 1866 and 1874 in the Bishop’s Hill and Petrie Terrace subdivision. Read the rest of this entry »

Carinya, Spanish Mission in Toorak

Carinya, Toorak
$16 ~ $18 million

Carinya is a Spanish Mission mansion in Melbourne’s top residential district of Toorak. The home was built in 1925 for wool and skin broker Herbert William Lee and his family. It was designed by architects Isadore George Beaver and Arthur William Purnell.

The house features American oak flooring and panelling, Venetian stucco and art nouveau fixtures. Sadly there are no interior photos as the owner has has requested interiors only to be viewed by qualified buyers. Read the rest of this entry »

Carramar Clinic

Carramar Clinic, Adelaide

SA Health are selling the Carramar Clinic in Parkside, Adelaide. The former Federation home / medical clinic is one of the few remaining grand residences that lined Greenhill Road.

Dating from the 1910s, it was formerly known as St Margaret’s and occupied by James Hay Gosse and his family. Mr. Gosse was the managing director of G&R Wills and Co and was on the board of the Adelaide Steamship Company. He was knighted in 1947. Read the rest of this entry »

Ivanhoe East’s Rangeworthy

Rangeworthy, Melbourne
Expression of Interest

Rangeworthy was built in 1910 for Thomas James. The transitional Victorian / Edwardian red brick residence was built on Lot 17 of the Rangeworthy Estate – an area subdivided in 1901 by Councillor and timber merchant William J. Brewer.

The total estate covered 70 acres and had 107 allotments priced from 25 ~ 40 shillings per foot. Strict building codes were enforced, such as requiring houses to be built to a cost of at least 350 pounds, in order prevent any ‘small cheap tenements’ from appearing.  Read the rest of this entry »

Two apartments for sale in Darnley Hall

Apts 7 & 10, Darnley Hall

Two 3-bedroom apartments in Darnley Hall are currently on the market.

The neo-Georgian style apartment block dates from the 1920s and was designed by architects Sir Charles Rosenthal and Harry Cooper Day. Although the building does not appear to be heritage listed, it is recognized by the RAIA in their 20th century register of significant buildings. Read the rest of this entry »

Historic Rainham on the market

Rainham, Bathurst
*Update: Sold at auction for $500,000

Rainham, just outside of Bathurst, has just been listed for sale for the first time in 157 years.

The 2-storey Colonial Georgian home was built for Captain Thomas Raine in 1832, making it 180 years old. Captain Raine’s son went on to co-found the Raine & Horne real estate agency, and coincidentally the same agency has the current listing. Read the rest of this entry »