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Category: Art Deco

Sutherland Crescent streamline staged for auction

Sutherland Crescent, Darling Point

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 »


Once upon a time

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Wyldefel Gardens streamline moderne apartment

Apartment 18, Wyldefel Gardens

*Update: The apartment sold for $1,050,000.

Wyldefel Gardens is a streamline moderne art deco complex that cascades down its sloping block in Potts Point.

The complex was built in 1936 by prominent art collector W.A. Crowle and his architect John Brogan.

Crowle had lived in the grand mansion ‘Wyldefel House’ which stood at the top of the block. It was built in 1887 by Walter Hall, and sold to Mr. Crowle in 1923. Wyldefel House was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with what Mrs. Crowle described as an ‘ugly block of units’. Read the rest of this entry »

Spanish mission in Elizabeth Bay

Apartment 2, Del Rio, Elizabeth Bay

Del Rio was the first of the Spanish Mission-style flats to be built in Elizabeth Bay. It is a waterfront building designed by J. Spencer Stansfield and built in 1928, and is reminiscent of Craigston (c1928) in Brisbane.

There are just five (or possibly six, sources vary) apartments in the building, so the waterfront gardens, jetty and mosaic-tiled pool are only used by an exclusive few. Each apartment occupies the whole floor, and many, if not all, have fireplaces. Apartments are on a company title, not strata title, which was fairly normal for that era. Read the rest of this entry »

Sutherland Crescent Streamline

9 Sutherland Crescent, Darling Point

This Streamline Modern house dating from the 1930s is a prefect match for its waterfront location. Overlooking Darling Bay, the art deco home retains many original features such as the balcony railings, curved glass windows, bathrooms, terrazzo finishes and solid timber joinery.

It has been listed with Pillinger’s for over 19 months with a $10 million asking price (now ‘contact agent’). The house last traded for $2,500,000 in 1992.  An auction was scheduled in April, but it did not sell and remains on the market.

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