Telegraph Road, Pymble

Federation Style Heritage in Telegraph Road, Pymble:


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Federation Style Heritage in Telegraph Road, Pymble:
History of Telegraph Road, Pymble
Telegraph Road, Pymble, Local Conservation Area
Merrivale, 4 Telegraph Road Pymble
“Banksia” (circa 1900) 15 Telegraph Road Pymble
21 Telegraph Road Pymble
24-26 Telegraph Road, Pymble
29 Telegraph Road Pymble
31 Telegraph Road, Pymble
37 Telegraph Road Pymble
38 Telegraph Road Pymble
40 Telegraph Road, Pymble
43 Telegraph Road Pymble
51 Telegraph Road Pymble
Redriff, 53 Telegraph Road, Pymble
63 Telegraph Road, Pymble
“Coolaween” C 1928
77 Telegraph Road, Pymble
(Corner of 88 Telegraph Rd) known as 100 Mona Vale Road, Pymble

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History of Telegraph Road, Pymble

The Pymble area was used for timber getting up until around 1840.

  • Mona Vale Road was originally divided into two parts which joined at Telegraph Road – the southern part was known as Stoney Creek Road, and the northern part was known as Pittwater Road.
    These roads were used as D.D. Mathew’s access to his sawmill on Cowan Road, St Ives.
  • Telegraph Road marks the main timber getting route through both land grants towards Stoney Creek Road and Pittwater Road.
  • Telegraph Road was originally known as Government Road, and was named to commemorate the construction of the telegraph line from Parramatta to the coast, which ran along a section of the road.

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“It has often been written that the name “Military Road” was changed to Telegraph Road at the request of resident Dr W W J O’Reilly (of 21 Telegraph Road).[1]

Ku-Ring-Gai Historical Society member Alan Rost has written:”

“Firstly, as late as 1892, auctioneers’ subdivision plans were showing the road as “GOVERNMENT ROAD” which was a generic term indicating a road surveyed by the government surveyor and almost certainly constructed at government expense. Many such roads were constructed during the second half of the nineteenth century to open up access to Crown land. Current Sydney street directories list eight instances where the description has survived as a street name.”

“Secondly, the auctioneer’s plan of the Pymble Heights Estate shows a section of Telegraph Road as “GOVERNMENT (Telegraph) ROAD”, indicating that the name had only recently been changed. It is clear that the former name was not Military Road. The plan in our folder of subdivision maps does not show the year but on pages 32-38 of “The Historian”, October 2004, Jennifer Harvey’s article on the Pymble Heights Estate states: “In November 1892 William Henry McKeown subdivided the remainder of his land and advertised it for sale as Pymble Heights Estate. (source DP 2993).”

 Telegraph Road, Pymble, Local Conservation Area

  • Many of the earlier houses on large lots within HCA 17 are heritage listed, particularly along Telegraph Road, Mona Vale Road, and Church Street.external image St%252520Swithun%2525E2%252580%252599s%25252C%2525202A%252520Telegraph%252520Road.jpg
  • St Swithun’s Anglican Church developed in 3 stages 1940, 1950 and 1982. 1946 design by architect N.D. McPherson, “a resident of nearby Selwyn Street, who explained that the design was intended to be reminiscent of Durham Cathedral with a certain freshness introduced into the detail. (Information from Ku-ring-gai Historical Society & the Aust. Institute of Architects)
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Merrivale, 4 Telegraph Road Pymble

  • Merrivale is a local stately home in the Regency style and is considered one of the finest examples of its kind in Ku-ring-gai.
  • It has a state heritage listing.[5][10]

external image 15%252520Telegraph%252520Road%25252C%252520Pymble%252520Animation.gif“Banksia” (circa 1900) 15 Telegraph Road Pymble

A piece of Australia’s history in one of the North Shore’s most prestigious streets.

This unspoilt Federation home enjoys stunning city views and is nestled on over 2000 square metres of established gardens complimented by a 13 metre swimming pool.

Enter through the Lychgate and along a winding path into the main level offering an elegant spacious foyer.
Then discover the reception rooms, separate formal dining and country style kitchen. Return verandas encompass both levels.

The carved cedar staircase leads to the five good sized bedrooms upstairs, with the feeling of warmth and light. Features include high ceilings, polished timber floors, lead light windows and open fireplaces, as well as being close to station, shops and Pymble Ladies College.

17 Telegraph Road Pymble
17 Telegraph Road Pymble

17 Telegraph Road Pymble
“Magnificent 100 year old Federation residence on approx 2,865 square metres of beautiful gardens, positioned in one of the Upper North Shore´s best streets with superb city views, only a short stroll to rail, shops & leading schools.
* Quality period accents include decorative architraves and tall skirtings, high patterned ceilings, wide wrap verandas, fireplaces, lead lights, feature panelling and polished floors
– Full size Tennis Court & 12 metre pool
– Amazing high patterned ceilings, wide verandahs, open fireplaces, lead lights, feature panelling & polished floors
– Formal lounge room & banquet dining room
– Grand billiard room & sitting room
– Gourmet kitchen & spacious family room
– 5 double bedrooms (2 ensuites) & study
– Front gates, 3 car garage, wine cellar, reverse cycle air conditioning, central heating, security alarm plus many additional inclusions.”

“Situated in one of the Upper North Shore’s most prominent streets, this gracious residence exhibits all the grandeur and wealth of the respected Federation era and is only a short stroll to rail and leading schools.”

Last Advertised Price: (January 2008) $4,900,000; Sold for $4,000,000 in Jan 2008 – Land size: 2,865 sqm

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21 Telegraph Road Pymble

Historical period: Pre-1900; Construction year: 1896

Dr Walter William Joseph O’Reilly (1847-1919) purchased land in Pymble in 1882 on a road marked on the early maps as Military Road.
At his suggestion the road was named Telegraph Road.

He brought his family to Pymble in 1896 to the house (21 Telegraph Road) in which he built and where he practised as a doctor. His daughter joined him in his Pymble practice and continued after his death.

She was the first woman doctor to qualify for a residential post at Sydney Hospital.

Burman Consulting Pty Ltd is located in 21 Telegraph Rd, Pymble, NSW 2073


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“Bethany” (circa.1911) has undergone an incredible restoration program over a period of years by the current owners, culminating in every aspect of the home meeting and exceeding the highest standards of fit out and presentation.

Sold for $1,525,000 in Dec 2013

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29 Telegraph Road Pymble

(Historic: 23-29 Telegraph Road, Pymble)
“Coppins” is a landmark estate at Pymble. It is an example of the Art Deco/Prairie style. The vast Telegraph Road property includes a significant stone house designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1936 as his last and largest residential commission in Australia.

“Coppins”, on Telegraph Rd, Pymble, was one of the last two homes in Australia designed by American architect Walter Burley Griffin, famous for designing the city of Canberra.
Griffin planned the building in 1935 shortly before he left for India, where he died two years later.

It traded for $6.1 million in 2001. Last Sale for $3.2m by Private Treaty; date: 15 Feb 2013 – Sale Listing;
Walter Burley Griffin’s Last and Largest Home Listed at a Loss”Comment by Radical Terrace: ” Telegraph story;
Heritage blogStory of Restoration.

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31 Telegraph Road, Pymble

The breathtaking family estate is a landmark residence of rare distinction. Proudly and privately positioned on a magnificent 3120sqm approx. in what is universally acknowledged to be one of the North Shore’s finest enclaves, this is truly an heirloom for generations to enjoy.

– Tranquilly set amongst landscaped grounds
– Exceptionally spacious with traditional period finishes
– Views stretch uninterrupted to the distant city skyline
– Tennis court, pool, cabana with his & her change rooms, level lawns
– Formal and casual entertaining, two sunrooms, two studies
– Soaring detailed ceilings, fireplaces, large gas kitchen
– Graceful interiors presents further scope to modernise


external image Carinya_Animation-Long.gif37 Telegraph Road Pymble

“Carinya, located on the posh Telegraph Road, is certainly one of the Upper North Shore’s best (read: largest). The federation front is nice, the interior historic detailings are well-maintained, and the land is very, very large (tennis court, pool, two dwellings, three titles)”. – Radical Terrace comment

  • Also see page Carinya, Pymble
  • When a $10m+ Home is Characteristic of its Suburb (2012)
    Sold for $4,690,000 in Nov 1999
  • A sublimely restored Federation residence, as well as an additional separate renovated home, incorporating the historic features of the main house.
  • Carinya epitomises Upper North Shore Federation glory – it is enormous, retains all of its heritage-protected features, and is very exclusive. Amazingly, you would not necessarily realise the estate was there – its 102 metre frontage gives the impression that you’re walking past a well-heeled school, or several different houses (which, to some extent, you are, as Carinya offers two houses over three titles). – Househunter comment

The interiors offer an impressive, granite-lined entry foyer; soaring ceilings; smartly painted rooms that highlight the ornate ceiling details and picture rails; bay windows; large, modernised bathrooms; functioning, gorgeous fireplaces; detailed archways; stunning chandeliers; and timber floorboards. My favourite room of the house is the formal living room, which has the most impressive ceiling I have ever viewed – its fine embellishment is accented by royal cream, red and blue, and its championship motif is continued throughout the room’s cedar cabinetry.

The billiards room is another sight to behold – the room is an authentic heritage cigar room, offering an original billiards table (which is marbled to the timber floor), as well as the original scoring board and an ornately detailed backgammon table.
The new kitchen is located within the house’s east-facing sunroom, and offers every possible luxury – two ovens, a six burner stove top, a hand-crafted tile splashback with a butterfly motif, lime-coloured Corian benchtops (which complement the subtle cream cupboards) and a Tasmanian Oak benchtop on the kitchen island.
In addition, the house has a fully equipped, professional-standard office, which has timber partitions for different workstations and a glass panelled enclosed office for private meetings. I have never seen such an elaborate office in a house before.
The fully-established English garden – boasting crabapple trees, magnolia trees, its own orchard (which produces mandarins, oranges and lemonade fruit. and an impressive enclosed vegetable patch that offers protection from possums – is enchanting.

38 Telegraph Road, Pymble; Image by: Robert Moore, Penelope Pike, Helen Proudfoot
38 Telegraph Road, Pymble; Image by: Robert Moore, Penelope Pike, Helen Proudfoot

38 Telegraph Road Pymble


40 Telegraph Road, Pymble

“Claremont” – C 1897. A Landmark Queen Anne Mansion set in a parklike one acre
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A gorgeous old home with a relaxed lifestyle, tons of land for the kids to roam and loads of privacy to protect you from the bustle of the modern world!

Charm and character from and era past, yet superbly restored to enjoy the modern lifestyle.

High ceilings, large rooms, open fires and return verandah’s
Grand entry with the original tessellated tiles, stunning formal lounge and banquet dining

Delightful casual living, exquisite hand painted kitchen and excellent family accommodation

Sunny northern aspect, level gardens and 15m pool. This property is a delight to inspect

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43 Telegraph Road Pymble

Overlooking the sparkling pool and set in serenely private established cottage gardens this gorgeous and spacious Arts and Crafts Character family home is enviously positioned in one of Pymble’s most sought-after east side locations.
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Sold $1,710,000 in Oct 2010
Last Sold $1,050,000 in Aug 2001
Rent $1,750pw in Oct 2010

  • Master bedroom with adjoining parents retreat and ensuite
  • Three additional good size bedrooms
  • Eat in kitchen flowing to spacious family room
  • Grand lounge with high ceilings and built in oak cabinetry
  • Separate banquet dining room
  • Sunroom flows from formal lounge room
  • Study or fifth bedroom
  • Immensely private child-friendly cottage gardens
  • Sparkling salt water lap pool
  • Stunning leafy outlook from Pymble Hill to the City
  • Beautiful English Oak sweeping staircase and woodwork
  • Original leadlight windows
  • High ornate ceilings
  • English Oak panelling
  • Polished timber floor boards
  • Abundant storage
51 Telegraph Road, Pymble, NSW
51 Telegraph Road, Pymble, NSW

51 Telegraph Road Pymble

this stately residence exudes a very special & graceful ambience. Designed by leading Australian Architect Stafford Harman Buchanan of ‘Buchanan & Cowper’.

Enjoy the glamour of the 1930s in this landmark property. Built on the escarpment with uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

Grand entrance foyer welcomes you into the reception of the ground level. Upper level offers 4 generous bedrooms, parents retreat with a romantic balcony.

Master bedroom with deluxe en-suite and its own private study. Basement level includes cellar, gym / extra bedroom, double garage and sweeping driveway with ample visitor parking.


Redriff, 53 Telegraph Road, Pymble

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World class Federation residence with panoramic city views. Privately nestled on almost 4,000 sqm of park-like grounds. Positioned in one of Pymble’s best streets, amongst prestige homes.

This exceptional world class mansion is simply breathtaking from the first impression to the last. Showcasing a grand sense of scale with exquisite finishes and fittings, it is simply incomparable in its level of luxury & extraordinary attention to detail. Some of the many captivating features include high patterned ceilings, stained glass windows, open fireplaces, enchanting return verandahs and spectacular city views.

Exclusively situated on a sprawling private estate of nearly 4,000sqm in size complete with resort style facilities, it is as perfect for personal relaxation and family events as it is for lavish indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

Wandering past the stately double electric gates to the porte cochere, one is immediately struck with a sense of history and nostalgia. The stunning entrance foyer with Carrara marble flooring and bespoke staircase is a fitting introduction to this palatial residence. This leads majestically to the opulent formal rooms, which are unrivalled in their sense of grandeur.

Accommodation comprises:

  • 5 generously sized double bedrooms with built-in robes (3 with ensuites) including luxurious main bedroom with 2 dressing rooms & 2 ensuites with underfloor heating
  • 7 attractive bathrooms in total plus 2 powder rooms
  • Sumptuous double sized living room with 2 fireplaces
  • Banquet dining room with servery & silk taffeta curtains
  • Light filled conservatory with superb parquetry flooring
  • Full sized billiard room with impressive 20 foot ceilings
  • Fabulous open plan kitchen with granite benchtops & quality appliances (gas cooktop) & large walk-in pantry
  • Fully self-contained detached apartment above garage with separate entry, living area, full kitchen & bathroom
  • Triple lock-up garage with auto doors & internal access, double carport, porte cochere plus ample guest parking
  • Sold for $5,360,000 in Sep 2004

63 Telegraph Road, Pymble

63 telegraph road pymble NSW 2073
63 telegraph road pymble NSW 2073

“Coolaween” C 1928

A Pymble landmark! A grand family home of mansion proportions built in an era of long forgotten quality of construction and style enjoying classical Provencale features with loads of space for entertaining.

* Located in a blue ribbon East side location and surrounded by many prestigious heritage properties. Walk Pymble Station and village, PLC and within Pymble Public catchment.

* This is simply stunning. Massive rooms, high ceilings and tallowwood flooring combine to create a wonderful flair and atmosphere.

Nestled on a mature 1474sqm lovely north facing grounds with sparkling pool.
* Formal lounge and dining rooms, Drawing room/study, award winning new kitchen adjoins family and conservatory leading to the private paved courtyard, new bathrooms and a host of quality inclusions.

Rental $1600 pw

St. Cloud

77 Telegraph Road, Pymble

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Radiating elegance, this picturesque residence is rich in both character and heritage. Greeted by a stunning classical façade, welcomed by a grand entrance and adorned by a wealth of period hallmarks, it graces 773sqms in one of Pymble’s premier streets.

Grand entry foyer, superb formal lounge with Juliet balcony
Separate dining room, private sitting room with garden vista

Queensland maple mouldings with decorative high ceilings
Surrounded by pristine manicured gardens and lush lawns

Enjoys an intimate alfresco dining terrace
Undercover parking, garage/workshop, large storeroom/cellar

Spacious sunlit kitchen for casual dining and walk-in pantry
Generous layout, extended to include a games room

Elite east side address, near Golf Club and St Ives Village
Walk to rail and prestige schools, 45 minute bus to city

Juniper Green

external image Juniper%252520Green%252520Pymble.jpg(Corner of 88 Telegraph Rd) known as 100 Mona Vale Road, Pymble

Designed by Walter Burley Griffin for David Hutton Pratten, 1935..
This was “one of Griffin’s last commissions before he left Australia”, says owner Kel Sherwood, as the couple guide us around the home they bought seven years ago for $2.4 million.

“It’s one of two houses built in Pymble for two brothers, Eric and David Pratten. This is the David Pratten house. David Pratten apparently rejected the first two sets of plans. Griffin’s design had a flat roof and the Prattens wanted a pitched roof.”

The house is truly inspirational, a mix of angles, sensuous curving walls, beautiful domed ceilings and the delicate woodwork of the staircase.

The house is a long, narrow building, surrounded by 4450 square metres of landscaped gardens, which still bear the imprint of Griffin and his wife, Marion, a talented architect and gardener. “Walter, Walter everywhere


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