Old estates for sale

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

Month: February, 2013

Ravenswood Terrace

Ravenswood, Sydney

Ravenswood is a 2-storey mid-Victorian terrace overlooking Prince Alfred Park in central Sydney. The terrace was originally one-half of a pair that were built sometime after 1875. Its partner has since been demolished, and the single house is now sandwiched between a 6-storey and 10-storey building.

Original features such as the Kauri floors, cedar doors, staircase and marble fireplaces remain. Read the rest of this entry »


Lethington to be sold at auction

Lethington, Summer Hill
Update: SOLD for $2,305,000

Lethington, a grand residence in Sydney’s Summer Hill, is going up for auction in March. The Victorian Free Classical / Italianate Gentleman’s Residence was built by William Fowler in 1883.

Mr. Fowler sold the house a year later to M.B. Bowen, but moved back into the home by 1892, possibly having purchased it when it was up for sale in 1888. It was described in the 1888 sale listing as a large modern residence, faithfully built, with stables, coach house, loft, man’s room, vegetable garden, orchard and paddock. The Fowler family are presumed to have named the house ‘Lethington’ in 1894. Read the rest of this entry »

Apartment 5 Babworth House

Apartment Five, Babworth House
Expressions of Interest

Apartment No. 5 in Darling Point’s historic Babworth House was listed earlier this week. Babworth House dates back to 1915 and was the home of Sir Samuel Hordern. After Sir Samuel’s death in 1956, the house was used as a hospital and nurse accommodation until the late 1990s.

Developers purchased the home in 2000 for just $5.25 million. It was in a sad state at the time, but was renovated and converted into five luxurious apartments.  Read the rest of this entry »