Nebraska Bungalow, Gordon NSW

Nebraska, 17 Yarabah Avenue GORDON NSW

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Nebraska, the much-renovated 1921 Alexander Stewart Jolly-designed Gordon bungalow
has been listed with $1.5 million hopes through McGrath agent Melissa Lynch-Hill. – Jonathan Chancellor, Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Nebraska, 17 Yarabah Avenue GORDON NSW


  • The three-bedroom, three-bathroom Yarabah house has been again sympathetically renovated since the Green family bought it from the Uloth family in 2002 for $890,000.
  • It’s now being marketed as having a floorplan suited to modern family living, and the family also might want a separate self-contained studio at the rear of the 1050-square-metre property.
    Gamble House exterior
  • Title Tattle recalls it was in 1991 when architect Amanda Jean was commissioned to rebuild collapsing entry steps, design the children’s bedrooms and a bathroom, and create that separate studio.
  • It was sought by ASX surveillance head Jim Berry and wife Janet, who sold in 1999 for $850,000.
  • The presumably very rustic Alexander Stewart Jolly-designed stone and timber bungalow had traded at $133,000 in 1981 as a two-bedroom, two-bathroom deceased estate.
    Gamble House Interior
  • It was one of the last houses designed by the inter-war architect.
  • Some say its low-pitched gable roof with dark-stained vertical timber boarding and superb interior timber joinery closely resembles the American West Coast stick style of Greene & Greene’s Gamble House.

    (see illustrations at right)

  • Beyond the unique façade of this Alexander Jolly residence ‘Nebraska’ c1920, lies a cleverly designed floorplan which is highly functional for modern family living.
    – Jonathan Chancellor, Tuesday, 01 May 2012

The home retains its original heritage appeal and is placed in a sought-after location close to amenities.

  • Light filled interiors with separate lounge and dining
  • New CaesarStone gas kitchen with quality Miele appliances
  • Good sized bedrooms, two fitted with built-in wardrobes
  • The master bedroom opens to the covered verandah room
  • All bedrooms feature ensuites, the master with sunken bath
  • To the rear is a separate studio and study/fourth bedroom
  • 1,050sqm of beautiful gardens and private park-like grounds
  • Original floors, high ceilings, picture rails, fireplaces
  • Double off street parking, abundant storage, Killara High zone
  • Walk to quality schools, parks, transport and shopping


  • Veranda-room architecture was the first topic of the current Sydney lecture series that traces housing styles in Australia hosted by the Historic Houses Trust as part of the Sydney Open program.
  • Last week author, historian and conservation consultant Dr James Broadbent and Scott Robertson, director of Robertson & Hindmarsh Architects, addressing bungalow homes. The Thursday evening talks run weekly until June 14 2012, held at The Mint on Macquarie Street, Sydney.

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