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Category: Heritage Apartments

Another listing in Manar, Potts Point

Apartment 24, Manar, Potts Point
Expressions of Interest

Another apartment has been listed in the Manar apartments in Potts Point. The 3-bedroom apartment has one bathroom and a laundry which may have been the original maid’s room. Read the rest of this entry »


Manar, Potts Point

Apartment 21, Manar, Potts Point

‘Manar’ has a history dating back to the 1840s when Hugh Gordon purchased the site, which was once part of the Alexander Macleay Estate. It was later sold to Alfred Lamb (1845-1890) who built Manar Cottage in 1867. Apparently the cottage was later demolished and replaced with a two-storey 20-bedroom Victorian Italianate Villa.

Mr. Lamb was one of the parliamentary representatives of West Sydney and had a lifelong connection with shipping and mercantile interests. He was the youngest son of John Lamb, of Spencer Lodge, Millers Point, and later Larbert Lodge in Darlinghurst. He lived at Manar until his death in 1890. Read the rest of this entry »

Ground floor in Del Rio

Del Rio, Elizabeth Bay

A 2-bedroom apartment in ‘Del Rio’ in Elizabeth Bay was listed this month with expectations of approximately $4.75 million. *Update: The apartment was reported to have sold on June 7 2013 for $4.25 million.

The waterfront apartment block was designed by architect J. Spencer Stansfield in 1928 and was one of the first Spanish Mission-style buildings in Elizabeth Bay. With just five apartments, it is rare to see one for sale. Last year, Apartment 2 sold for an undisclosed price (it was listed with expectations of $4 million-plus). Read the rest of this entry »

An apartment in Engehurst

Apartment 8, Engehurst, Paddington

This ground floor apartment is part of the remnants of the original Engehurst residence in Paddington, Sydney. Engehurst was a Georgian house built in 1834-1835 for Frederick Augustus Hely. Mr. Hely was the principal superintendent of convicts and used convict labour to built his home.

The house, which was accessed via a long driveway from Glenmore Road, was designed by popular architect John Verge, who designed many other grand residences in and around Sydney in the 1830s and 1840s. Read the rest of this entry »

2-bedroom in Carinthia

Carinthia, Potts Point, Sydney

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 »

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 »

Dungowan Flats Auction

Apartment 17, Dungowan Flats, Manly

A 2-bedroom flat in the historic ‘Dungowan’ on Manly Beach will be put up for auction in early December. *Update: The apartment has been sold.

Dungowan Flats was built in 1919 by pastoralist and company director Leslie Sprague. He named the building after his rural property ‘Dungowan Station’ near Tamworth.  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 »

Another apartment in Craigston for sale

2A Craigston, Brisbane
For Sale by Tender

Another 3-bedroom apartment in the Spanish Mission-style Craigston (c1928) is on the market. The apartment is directly above the one listed a few months ago, which now appears to be under contract.

Due to changing tastes and styles over the past eight decades, each apartment is unique. Luckily this one retains most of its original features, including its crown molding, windows, doors and brick fireplace.

This apartment is for sale by tender, with offers due by November 22. Read the rest of this entry »

Duplex in The Astor

801, The Astor, Sydney

A two-floor residence in The Astor was listed for sale recently at an undisclosed price.

The Astor was built in 1922 – 1923 as a luxuriously appointed residential tower. It was developed by grazier John O’Brien, who had previously developed Wyoming further along Macquarie Street. Mr. O’Brien had purchased the site which contained several houses and flats in 1920 for 11,900 pounds.

Architects Donald Thomas Esplin and Stuart Mill Mould designed the 12-storey building in an Interwar Free Classical style. When completed, it was said to have been the highest reinforced concrete building in Australia. With the exception of the glass in the windows, the building materials were all sourced from within Australia. Read the rest of this entry »