Kianga Vaucluse

Kianga – Vaucluse Federation House

  • 20b New South Head Road Vaucluse

  • Year built – Unavailable – Can anyone help?
Justin Hemmes buys Vaucluse home for sale
Justin Hemmes buys Vaucluse home for sale

Historic … Justin Hemmes’ new Vaucluse home. Source: The Daily Telegraph

November 21, 2010
The high-profile Hemmes hotelier clan has added another property to its portfolio with a $12.6 million purchase.
“Either Bettina Hemmes, the low-profile interior designer daughter of the family, bought Kianga, a five-bedroom Federation house in Vaucluse at auction yesterday (20/11/2010); or entrepreneur Justin Hemmes finally bagged his own home yesterday, paying $12.6 million for the historic Vaucluse home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.”

Photos (11 Floor Plan Virtual Tour Video

Typical bay window with arch and elaborate stained glass, all with matching design
Vaulted timber work is typical of the Federation style – possibly made of red cedar, now the rarest of our timbers.
Note the elaborate architraves, original patterned ceiling, and the beautiful stained glass windows with matching decoration
Note the sewing or writing nook in the corner, another Federation feature.
Bullnose stained glass windows are uniquely typical of Federation design
The verandah is supported by sandstone columns, adding a ‘bungalow’ look to the house. Notice the exposed rafters which once would have been visible externally, before the roller shades were installed.

The house, with ornate period details, has wrap-around balconies and sweeping harbour views. It was the 21-room Ormond Hall private hotel during the 1950s.

It was the dearest of the 600-plus listings put to auction yesterday, according to Australian Property Monitors.

“Commanding a world class panorama stretching from Rose Bay across Sydney´s iconic harbour landmarks to North Head, ´Kainga´ is a magnificent family estate of rare elegance and grandeur. Its vast interiors exude a patrician old world ambience and showcase a spectacular octagonal design with domed central gallery and traditional Federation details. A secluded lifestyle sanctuary set well back from the road and set on a generous 1,423sqm landholding, this grand mansion promises rare privilege, peace and privacy.

+ 5 beds, 4.5 baths, 3 x LUG + additional off/st pkg
+ Formal/family lounge & dining areas flow outdoors
+ Expansive upper & lower wraparound verandahs
+ O/plan kitchen, study with marble fireplace, A/C
+ Cabana, alfresco entertainers´ terrace, pool, spa
+ Deluxe master, scope to personalise if desired”


Kianga, New South Head Rd, Vaucluse

2010 $12.6 million purchase by Bettina Hemmes
2010 $15 million listing price
1989 $6.2 million purchase by Sam and Barbara Linz (Sam Linz is a successful South Africa entrepreneur who migrated to Australia in 1981)
1989 Sold by Pat Corrigan (freight tycoon-turned-art collector)
1950s Traded as Sydney’s finest private hotel, 21-room Ormond Hall. Opened in the early 1950s by the Allen family.
1941-1944: Home of Mrs M. Luber (Norma)

  • Land at Vaucluse House resumed for public use in 1910, which gives an approximate date for buildings in the area. [1]

Style: Federation with a spectacular octagonal design with domed central gallery and expansive upper and lower wraparound verandahs
Bedrooms: 5
Garage: 3 cars
Landholding: 1,423sqm
Cabana, terrace, pool, spa[2]

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