Old estates for sale

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

Month: March, 2013

Blair Athol in Brighton

Blair Athol Estate 2

Blair Athol, Brighton
Sold

Blair Athol was built in 1872 for Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Menzies – hoteliers who owned the Menzies Hotel on the corner of Bourke and William Streets in the Melbourne CBD.

The two-storey home was designed by Lloyd Taylor, who also designed ‘Chevy Chase’ and ‘Kamesburgh’ and was inspired by a house in the modern gothic or modernised domestic gothic style that appeared in Villas and Cottages by H W Paul and Oliver Ayliffe (1864-1865). Read the rest of this entry »

Bomera sells for half price

According to Property Observer, the 150+ year old Bomera mansion on Potts Point has sold for $12.5 million – half of the original asking price of $25 million. The house has been listed since early 2011.

The sellers purchased Bomera and neighbouring Tarana from the Defence Department in 2000 for $6.55 million. They received an offer of $15 million on Bomera a few years after their purchase, but turned it down.

The astute buyer is the daughter of the founder of RP Data – an online provider of real estate information and valuations.

Bishops Palace, Ballarat

Bishops Palace, Ballarat
$6,500,000

Bishops Palace was built in 1877 as the residence of Bishop Michael O’Connor – the first bishop of the Diocese of Ballarat – and to provide space for the diocesan headquarters. The Ballarat Diocese was the first Victorian diocese outside of Melbourne and had opened the St Patrick’s Cathedral across the street from the palace just six years earlier.

The 2-storey Gothic bluestone mansion was designed by Reed and Barnes and built at a cost of £6,000. It was constructed by George Broom with internal plasterwork by William Taylor. It featured cast iron verandahs with ecclesiastical designs, a private chapel with an Italian marble altar and a dining room that could seat fifty guests. Read the rest of this entry »

Sutherland Crescent streamline staged for auction

Sutherland Crescent, Darling Point
Auction

After spending more than two years on the market with an initial list price of $10 million, No. 9 Sutherland Crescent has had mini-makeoever and some staging to boost its appeal prior to an auction scheduled for April 9. *Update: The house did not sell at auction and is back on the market. Read the rest of this entry »

2-bedroom in Carinthia

Carinthia, Potts Point, Sydney
Sold

A 2-bedroom apartment in Carinthia has recently been listed for sale seeking offers above $540,000 (*Update: It has since sold). The 90 sqm unit appears to be at street level at the rear of the building and looks onto Earl Street.

The 11-storey Inter-war free classical style apartment block was built in 1925-1926 by architect Walter Leslie Nielsen. Mr. Nielsen also designed Carisbrooke in the same street, and Franconia in Macleay Street. The 40-unit building was originally built as an investment property, but apartments were later sold off to individual buyers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Broadlees

Broadlees, Adelaide Hills
Sold for $2.85 million

Broadlees is a grand 2-storey home located in the Adelaide Hills. The Georgian-style residence with Italian Renaissance influences was designed by architect Walter Bagot and built as the residence of of Eva and Lily Waite.

Eva and Lily were daughters of Peter Waite – the first chairman of Elder, Smith and Co (now agribusiness company Elders). The Waite family previously resided at Urrbrae House (c1891) until Peter’s death in 1922. The sisters donated the house to the University of Adelaide and built Broadlees. Many homes built in the Mount Lofty area at the time were used as summer residences, but the sisters decided to live there all year round. Read the rest of this entry »