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Category: Spanish Mission

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 »


Carinya, Spanish Mission in Toorak

Carinya, Toorak
$16 ~ $18 million

Carinya is a Spanish Mission mansion in Melbourne’s top residential district of Toorak. The home was built in 1925 for wool and skin broker Herbert William Lee and his family. It was designed by architects Isadore George Beaver and Arthur William Purnell.

The house features American oak flooring and panelling, Venetian stucco and art nouveau fixtures. Sadly there are no interior photos as the owner has has requested interiors only to be viewed by qualified buyers. 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 »

Aston Gardens Apartment

Apartment 1, Aston, Bellevue Hill

‘Aston’ is a Mediterranean style block of just four apartments in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill. It was designed by architect Ernest A. Scott of Green & Scott Architects, and built by the Welch Bros.

It was completed 1929, just one year after the Spanish Mission-style ‘Del Rio‘ in Elizabeth Bay and ‘Craigston‘ in Brisbane.  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 »

Bruce Manor mortgagee sale

‘Bruce Manor’

‘Bruce Manor’ was originally named ‘Pine Hill’ and was built in 1926 for Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce, Australian Prime Minister from 1923 to 1929. Bruce was also the High Commissioner and Australian representative at the League of Nations.

The architects of the manor were Prevost Synnot and Rewald of Sydney, in association with Robert Bell Hamilton. The home was designed in the Spanish Mission style. The house was built at the same time and in a similar style to ‘The Lodge’ in Canberra, which was also first lived in by Bruce during his term as PM.

While much fuss is made about the home being a PM’s former residence, Bruce would have barely spent any time in the residence as he soon left for England after the losing the 1929 election. Read the rest of this entry »

Craigston apartment back on the market

A 2-bedroom apartment (3 if you include the sunroom) in Spring Hill’s ‘Craigston’ was listed for tender earlier this month but is back on the market with an open house on September 1. This 150 sqm apartment originally covered the entire 1st floor but was split into two units some time ago. See below for images of this unit.

Craigston was built in 1928 and at the time was Brisbane’s first high-rise apartment building. The Spanish-Mission style building is located on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane’s Spring Hill, and overlooks King Edward Park and the historic Old Windmill (the oldest surviving building in Queensland). It was designed by architect Arnold Conrad, who was a partner at Conrad Gagett Architecture, and developed by a doctor as a building that would house doctors and their families, while providing clinics on the ground floor. Many clinics still operate from the 1st floor. Read the rest of this entry »