Old estates for sale

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

Category: Queen Anne

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 »


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 »

Historic Queenscliff Hotel for sale

Queenscliff Hotel
Sale by Tender

The historic Queenscliff Hotel south of Melbourne has been listed for sale as the current owner/operator makes plans for retirement.

Dating from 1887, this is one of Victoria’s earliest Queen Anne-style buildings. It was originally built as a hotel for hoteliers Martha Nugent and Joseph Goslin, who had previously operated the Esplanade Hotel for many years.

The 2-storey brick building with tower and cast iron balcony was designed by architects Reed, Henderson & Smart and constructed by N.W. Frogley. It has 15 bedrooms with bathrooms, guess lounges, a formal dining room, conservatory restaurant and bar. 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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One of Centennial Park’s original homes on the market

$5.5 million-plus

Tongkah is a Federation Queen Anne / Arts and Crafts style home built in 1910 for Mr. and Mrs. Claud Benalla Quinan. Mr. Quinan was a well-known racing identify and stock broker, and member of the Sydney Stock Exchange for 38 years. He lived in the house until his passing in 1946 at the age of 70. Quinan’s daughter Patricia married Mr. James Bancks, creater of the popular ‘Ginger Meggs’ comic strip in 1938.

It is listed on the NSW Government Environment & Heritage site as ‘Fongkah’ (which appears to be a typo) and is described as an example of the Federation Queen Anne style with American Stick & Shingle style influence. The house, along with many other prominent homes in the area was said to have historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park Lands subdivision of 1905, as funds was from the sale went towards the landscaping of the park. Read the rest of this entry »

Talana. On again, off again.

Talana, Hawthorne East
$10 million*

The historic Talana in Melbourne was first listed for sale with Marshall White in April 2011 with hopes of selling for $12 million plus. It didn’t. In April of this year, the house was re-listed with RT Edgar at a slightly reduced price of $10 million (according to PriceFinder data), but by the end of August the home no longer appeared on any listing sites. It is possible that the seller, perhaps frustrated with the lack of activity on the home, did not renew their listing agreement and has taken it off the market.

Talana, named after a town in the province of Ogliastra, Sardinia, Italy, was built in 1899 – 1900 for the Jones family. It was designed by architect John Beswicke, renowned for his work in Hawthorn during the late 1800s which included the Hawthorn Town Hall and two other grand homes in Harcourt Street (Rotha – his own residence, and Tudor Lodge – later renamed Hilton House). Read the rest of this entry »

Clancholla on the market for the first time in history

Clancholla, Rockhampton

*Update: The house did not sell at auction, but was reported to be under contract in December 2012 and has since sold.

‘Clancholla’ is a Federation-era residence built in the Queen Anne style. It was constructed in 1922 by fighter pilot and grazier Stuart Roland MacDonald. The MacDonald’s lived next door in a large mansion that is now the offices for the mater Hospital, and were also graziers at Highland Plains in Clermont. Mrs. MacDonald wanted a smaller, more suitable home, so plans were drawn up for Clancholla.

The 4-bedroom home was put up for sale by the MacDonald family earlier this month with an auction scheduled for Saturday, October 6th. Read the rest of this entry »