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.
It was later named ‘Astoria Flats’ and in 1928 sold to Emanuel Myerson for 22,500 pounds. Its name was then changed to ‘Hotel Braeburn’ before being changed again to ‘Miami Private Hotel’. During WWII it was used as accommodation for troops, and later became a boarding house.
In 1975, it was declared unfit for human habitation and residents were forced to move out.
In the 1980s it underwent an extensive refurbishment which included replacing all window frames and external balustrades. Its name was changed once more to ‘Miami’.
Nowadays, a 2-bedroom apartment can sell for anywhere up to $1.5 million.
Apartment 17 – 2 Bedrooms
For sale by auction on December 8. Price guide over $1.4 million. This apartment last sold for $1.4 million in 2009. Was listed for rent earlier this year at $990/week.
*Update: This apartment sold at auction for $1,300,000.
Apartment 22 – 2 Bedrooms
For sale by auction on December 1.
‘From Milson to Medium Density: A walking tour of Kirribilli” North Sydney Council.