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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
POA

‘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
Sold

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
Auction

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 »

An apartment in Engehurst

Apartment 8, Engehurst, Paddington
Sold

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 »

Jenner House, Potts Point

Jenner House, Potts Point
POA

The heritage-listed Jenner House (c1871), along with Bomera and Tarana just down the road, is one of the few surviving marine villas in Potts Point.

The site was part of the original 1866 subdivision of the Alexander Macleay 55 acre Elizabeth Bay estate. Lebbeus Hordern, brother of Anthony Hordern, acquired the 99 year lease to the site and commissioned colonial architect Edmund Blacket to design a 2-storey house in the Regency Revival style. The northern wing was originally the servants quarters. The house, called Stramshall, was later transferred to J. T. Neale in 1875.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sutherland Crescent streamline staged for auction

Sutherland Crescent, Darling Point
Auction

After spending more than two years on the market with an initial list price of $10 million, No. 9 Sutherland Crescent has had mini-makeoever and some staging to boost its appeal prior to an auction scheduled for April 9. *Update: The house did not sell at auction and is back on the market. Read the rest of this entry »

2-bedroom in Carinthia

Carinthia, Potts Point, Sydney
Sold

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 »

Ravenswood Terrace

Ravenswood, Sydney
Sold

Ravenswood is a 2-storey mid-Victorian terrace overlooking Prince Alfred Park in central Sydney. The terrace was originally one-half of a pair that were built sometime after 1875. Its partner has since been demolished, and the single house is now sandwiched between a 6-storey and 10-storey building.

Original features such as the Kauri floors, cedar doors, staircase and marble fireplaces remain. Read the rest of this entry »

Lethington to be sold at auction

Lethington, Summer Hill
Update: SOLD for $2,305,000

Lethington, a grand residence in Sydney’s Summer Hill, is going up for auction in March. The Victorian Free Classical / Italianate Gentleman’s Residence was built by William Fowler in 1883.

Mr. Fowler sold the house a year later to M.B. Bowen, but moved back into the home by 1892, possibly having purchased it when it was up for sale in 1888. It was described in the 1888 sale listing as a large modern residence, faithfully built, with stables, coach house, loft, man’s room, vegetable garden, orchard and paddock. The Fowler family are presumed to have named the house ‘Lethington’ in 1894. Read the rest of this entry »