Once upon a time

by AF

Apartment 1, Once Upon A Time

The top floor apartment in the 3-storey ‘Once Upon A Time’ unit block in Kurraba Point is on the market.

This building was designed by architect John Brogan and completed in 1935. It was originally the home of art collector W.A. Crowle and was part of the Wyldefel Gardens apartments on the opposite side of the harbor. In the 1940s, land reclamation by the Government meant that the house had to be demolished or removed, so in 1941 Crowle had the house moved piece by piece via a barge from Potts Point to its current location. He then commuted to the city in a launch housed in the boatshed on the ground floor.

The house was filled with treasures purchased by Crowle on his international travels. Special holes were made in the walls to display Lalique plaques from Paris, and built-in bookshelves displayed his vast book collection.

After Crowle’s passing, the house divided into three flats, with the ground floor boatshed converted into an apartment.

The gates at the entrance were imported by Crowle from England and bear the German quote ‘when somebody makes a journey, they have a story to tell’. A Goethe quote by the front entrance reads ‘Live peaceably with all so shalt thou lead a happy life thyself’.

Crowle’s house and boatshed (lefthand side) while it was still part of Wyldefel Gardens in Potts Point.

Apartment 1

Apartment 1 is the top floor apartment. The Crowle family owned this unit until 1992. It retains many original features including the art deco tiled bathroom and a large leadlight window. The floor area (including balcony) is approximately 240 sqm.

In 2010, the 267 sqm 2-bedroom apartment on the middle floor was listed for $1.8 million-plus.


115A Kurraba Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney

Listing information and images via Realestate.com.au

North Sydney Council Heritage Leaflet Series – Kurraba Point.
‘Once upon a time there was a floating triplex’ Domain.com.au, November 6, 2010.