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Category: Federation

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 »


Dorothy Manor, Centennial Park

Dorothy Manor, Sydney

Dorothy Manor is a Federation Queen Anne Style home in Sydney’s Centennial Park. The single-storey home was built in 1907 for Mrs. Caroline Gordon, and is one of the two earliest houses to be built on Robertson Road.

The area was subdivided in 1905 to fund the landscaping and development of Centennial Park. Most blocks in this particular enclave are between 700 and 800 sqm, with the exception of a few double blocks. The grand historic homes can sell for between $4.5 million and $10 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortuna Villa still seeking buyer

Fortuna Villa, Bendigo’s most elaborate mansion, failed to receive a satisfactory offer during its sale-by-tender campaign which ended on December 7. A total of six tenders were received prior to the deadline, but did not meet expectations. A further three tenders were made after the deadline but were not opened.

The Defence Department will review marketing options and place the historic 60-room mansion back on the market this year. It was reported earlier that they were hoping for offers of around $3 million, however Labor’s Federal Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons, believes this figure is too high.

*Update: The villa was reported to have sold at auction on April 12, 2013, for $3,000,000, but the sale fell through. It later sold to a private individual for $2.21 million

Read more about Fortuna here.

Historic Bendigo mansion up for sale again, ABC News, January 4, 2013.
Bendigo’s Fortuna Villa fails to sell, Bendigo Advertiser, January 3, 2013.

Wyralla, Darling Point

Wyralla House, Darling Point
Offers over $2,900,000

‘Wyralla’ is a Federation Queen Anne style 2-storey home dating from 1906. It was built on part of Lot 66 of the original Mona Estate subdivision which was auctioned off in 1904. The estate was named after the original ‘Mona’ residence which is still standing and is No. 38 further along the road.

The house was part of a group of investment homes built along Mona Road between 1900 and 1910. It shares a common party wall with No. 12, and the two homes were said to have been built at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Carramar Clinic

Carramar Clinic, Adelaide

SA Health are selling the Carramar Clinic in Parkside, Adelaide. The former Federation home / medical clinic is one of the few remaining grand residences that lined Greenhill Road.

Dating from the 1910s, it was formerly known as St Margaret’s and occupied by James Hay Gosse and his family. Mr. Gosse was the managing director of G&R Wills and Co and was on the board of the Adelaide Steamship Company. He was knighted in 1947. Read the rest of this entry »

Ivanhoe East’s Rangeworthy

Rangeworthy, Melbourne
Expression of Interest

Rangeworthy was built in 1910 for Thomas James. The transitional Victorian / Edwardian red brick residence was built on Lot 17 of the Rangeworthy Estate – an area subdivided in 1901 by Councillor and timber merchant William J. Brewer.

The total estate covered 70 acres and had 107 allotments priced from 25 ~ 40 shillings per foot. Strict building codes were enforced, such as requiring houses to be built to a cost of at least 350 pounds, in order prevent any ‘small cheap tenements’ from appearing.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fortuna to be sold in Army surplus sale

Fortuna, Bendigo

Bendigo’s and even Victoria’s most extravagant historic home is on sale for the first time in 70 years as the Defence Department find it surplus to their needs.

‘Fortuna’ has a history dating back to the 1850s when it was built by miner Theodore Ballerstedt. It began as a modest single-storey home, but over the years Ballerstedt made many additions including adding extra floors, stables, a billiard room, lookout tower and Roman baths. He sold the mine and property to mining entrepreneur and ‘Quartz King’ George Lansell in 1871 for £60,000, and Mr. Lansell then continued to add to the home over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Glebe Point Road Mansion

Hartford, Glebe

‘Hartford’ is a rare and largely intact example of a Queen Anne Federation home in Glebe, Sydney.

The home was built for American-born dentist E. Randolph Magnus in 1898.  The home, with Scottish Baronial elements, is also said to have an American influence, which is apt given the background of its first owner. Read the rest of this entry »

Historic Clancholla passed in at auction

At least 100 people attended the auction of the historic Clancholla home (c1922) this morning. Unfortunately there were no bidders and the property was passed in with a final vendor bid of $1.15 million.

*Update: The property sold after auction for $1,000,000.

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