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Category: New South Wales

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 »


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 »

Althorne, Woollahra

Althorne, Woollahra

Althorne is a mid-Victorian Gothic villa dating from around 1872. It was first built on a 1.5 acre block by Mr. Walter M. Church on Lot 5 and part of Lot 6 of the Point Piper Estate. Further subdivisions of the land over the years have reduced its current size to a quarter of an acre. Read the rest of this entry »

Bathurst’s Blackdown Homestead

Blackdown Homestead
$3 million

After an unsuccessful auction in May, the historic Blackdown Homestead remains on the market.

Blackdown was first settled in 1823 by naval officer and pioneer Thomas Hawkins. Thomas was given a grant of 2,000 acres and appointed commissariat store-keeper in Bathurst, so he and his wife Elizabeth, their children, his mother-in-law and nine convicts set out with a wagon from Sydney to make the journey to Bathurst. The 220 km trek took them 18 days (nowadays the trip can be made in a 2.5 hour drive).  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 »

Blair Athol, Bathurst

Blair Athol, Bathurst

Blair Athol (c1891-1892) was built as the home of solicitor and Bathurst Council Mayor John McPhillamy and his family. Mr. and Mrs. McPhillamy lived in the home with their son and three daughters. One of their daughters – Majorie – went on to marry Lord Abinger (Hugh Scarlett) of Inverlochy Castle in 1913.

By the 1930s, the house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Gilmour – another prominent Bathurst family. Their daughter, Una Gilmour, was also married to royalty (albeit briefly) as she married Count Marcio Vincenzo Romano while travelling in Europe.  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 »

Mount Airlie Estate

Mount Airlie NSW 10

Mount Airlie, NSW

Mount Airlie is a grand Victorian residence dating from 1868.

It was the home of pioneer David Warden, who had arrived in Sydney from Scotland in 1837 and shortly after moved to Ulladulla to begin shipbuilding.  Mr. Warden was a prominent businessman and citizen and served as Shoalhaven Council Mayor between 1874 and 1877. Read the rest of this entry »

Killarney Castle

Killarney Castle

Killarney Castle is a local landmark in Gordon. Built over several years using stone sourced from the site, the home was officially opened by Governor and Lady Davidson in 1918.

This was originally the home of Thomas Taylor, an immigrant from Ireland. Mr Taylor had purchased a much larger landholding but donated part of it to the local council to be used for parkland (now Richmond Park). He chose the site because it reminded him of the lakes of Killarney in southwest Ireland. The house was built on 2 acres, but due to subdividing over the years its current landholding is much smaller. 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 »