Wahroonga Federation Heritage

Wahroonga’s Fine Federation Homes

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Wahroonga’s Fine Federation Homes

Hazeldean (c.1898) 14 Burns Road
The Briars, 14 Woonona Avenue South, Wahroonga
Councillors pursue purchase of land next to The Briars
The Briars
Three Heritage Houses by Howard Joseland at 37-41 Burns Road Wahroonga

Coolabah, 39 Burns Road Wahroonga
A Fine Federation Residence Wahroonga
1 Water Street Wahroonga’Westholme’ c1894

6 Cleveland Street Wahroonga NSW
6 Munderah Street Wahroonga – Antrim Hall 1915

10 Cleveland Street, Wahroonga, NSW

20 Bareena Avenue, WAHROONGA, NSW- ‘Kerrisdale’
22 Water Street WAHROONGA
25 Ada Avenue Wahroonga
25 Burns Road WAHROONGA’Applegate’
28 Lucinda Avenue Wahroonga ‘Matakana’
38 Burns Road Wahroonga‘Craigmyle’

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Wahroonga is characterised by large family homes on big blocks.

“Wahroonga is one of Sydney’s older suburbs. With the coming of the north shore railway in 1890 it became popular with wealthy businessmen of Sydney town.

  • “Wahroonga was desirable then for its clean air, its open space and the promise of a new garden suburb. Initially the railway came south from Hornsby to St Leonards. Large lot sizes were normal and many imposing dwellings designed by prominent architects were built in the early years.
  • In 2009 these same large lots define the character of Wahroonga. The properties are
  • “The Briars” in Woonona Avenue,
    “Hazeldean” and “Coolabah” both in Burns Road, Wahroonga and all are in Urban Conservation Areas identified by the National Trust in 1995-1996, anticipating the urban consolidation of Sydney.” – National Trust


Hazeldean (c.1898) 14 Burns Road

Reasons for listing; cultural, architectural, state significance. Note: Bunya pines


The Briars, 14 Woonona Avenue South, Wahroonga

By courtesy of Mr & Mrs John Fuller
“The Briars has state heritage significance for its historic, cultural, archaeological and aesthetic values.

  • It is a good example of a transitional late Victorian/early Federation architectural style house. It is a prime example of the style of development prevalent in the local area at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Historically it is significant as it represents the first period of residential expansion in Wahroonga which followed the opening of the railway in 1890.” – Heritage Branch listing

KU-RING-GAI councillors have defied council staff recommendations and will press ahead with the purchase of Wahroonga land.

  • The property at 12 Woonona Ave fronts the privately-owned and heritage-listed The Briars, and could cost the council more than $2 million.
  • Councillors voted 7-3 at the council meeting last week to buy it, for eventual use as open space.
70120000000Z9U1AAK_MainImage_large.jpge9d3bca3cb4d8ecf100cdcb45125681f_resized.jpg John and Libby Fuller will once again open their beautiful garden at The Briars House.* The house dates back to 1885 and has been declared a heritage item by the National Trust, the State Government, and Ku-ring-gai Council.


Councillors pursue purchase of land next to The Briars7e7345fc058f1722e189edc2d65b77e8_resized.jpg

  • “KU-RING-GAI Council’s controversial purchase of a parcel of land in Woonona Ave, Wahroonga, has raised the ire of the Department of Local Government.
  • The Advocate has exclusively obtained a copy of correspondence sent to the council from the department’s deputy director-general, Ross Woodward, on January 8.
  • Mr Woodward pans the $1.6 million purchase as “unfunded, unplanned and not in accordance with council’s existing policies”.
  • “Councillors must make significant decisions on behalf of the community in a responsible manner,” it reads.
  • “Unplanned and unfunded expenditure of public funds of this magnitude raise concerns about council’s ability to finance its functional plans and to deliver services to the community.”
  • The council spent $1.6 million, a figure it still refuses to officially confirm, to buy 12 Woonona Ave late last year.
    Mr Woodward was particularly scathing about the cost of the purchase.
  • He noted that the purchase price was “approximately $600,000 above the highest independent valuation obtained”.
    A townhouse development on the site was part-way through construction and the council resolved to pay the owner a sum based on the development’s future value.
  • The site fronts the heritage-listed private property The Briars and has since been rezoned as open space.

– http://hornsby-advocate.whereilive.com.au/news/story/state-slams-ku-ring-gai-s-1-6m-purchase-of-wahroonga-property/

The Briars

“The Briars is a well built house retaining a large proportion of the original fabric. Joinery, screenwork and hardware (fireplaces etc) are all original (as of 1983). Many parts of the garden are in their original form.f5db36ab56f6320e93deb0576f708249_resized.jpg

  • “Twelve old turpentine trees (Syncarpia glomulifera) remain from one of the earliest stands (Heritage Branch).
  • The style is transitional between the late Victorian Italianate and Federation.
  • It is a single storey brick house with a hipped slate roof. A projecting brick bay with three stuccoed arches markes the front entrance and intersects a timber framed verandah which surrounds the house on three sides.
  • The verandah is decorated with timber brackets and dentillation. Shuttered french doors open onto the verandah from the principal rooms. Internally it retains much of its original joinery and fireplaces.”

Physical Condition and/or Archaeological Potential:

  • “The house is in good condition and has been sympathetically renovated by its present owners. (National Trust (NSW), 1983).
  • Joinery, screenwork and hardware (fireplaces etc) are all original (as of 1983). Many parts of the garden are in their original form. Twelve old turpentine trees (Syncarpia glomulifera) remain from one of the earliest stands.” (Heritage Office)

Three Heritage Houses by Howard Joseland at 37-41 Burns Road Wahroonga

Craignairn, 37 Burns Road, Wahroonga
Craignairn, 37 Burns Road, Wahroonga
Coolabah at No 39 Burns Road
Malvern, Joseland's home at 41 Burns Road, Wahroonga
Malvern, Joseland’s home at 41 Burns Road, Wahroonga

Architect Howard Joseland who designed Craignairn for Walter Symington Strang in 1909 was (his) neighbour and friend.

  • On 8 February 1899 Joseland and Strang had purchased adjoining lots in Burns Road. A few days later Joseland began preparing plans for both Coolabah at No 39 for Strang and his own house Malvern at No 41 Burns Road, Wahroonga .
  • When Strang decided to build a new residence he chose the adjoining lots of land on the corner of two main roads, Burns Road and Cleveland Street.
  • The architectural firm Joseland and Vernon designed the house and were also commissioned to design the garden, trellis-work and pergola.
  • This group of three adjoining residences Craignairn, Coolabah and Malvern designed by Joseland is unique. – Jennifer Harvey for Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc.


Coolabah, 39 Burns Road Wahroonga

By courtesy of owners Mr & Mrs Pascal and Kim Phillips
Designed by Architect Howard Joseland.

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A Fine Federation Residence Wahroonga

  • “Beautiful heritage listed turn of the century single level residence of grand proportions.
    • Set in magnificent 3,275m of private park-like grounds with grass tennis court, heated swimming pool and plenty of room for children to play.
    • Original features include wide return verandah, bay windows, high ornate ceilings, central hallway, open fire places, polished Kauri Pine timber floors,
    • French doors leading to verandahs and large light filled rooms.
    • Impressive entry foyer, gracious lounge room, separate formal dining room, modern kitchen with pantry and cellar, large family/casual living room flows to the garden, library, laundry/utility room and 3 car accommodation.
    • Security intercom, auto gates, ducted 5 zone reverse cycle air conditioning, underground water storage and reticulated watering system, back to base monitored alarm.”

1 Water Street Wahroonga‘Westholme’ c1894

  • Federation Arts and Crafts style House For Sale for $4.9 Million
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Dining Room with Fretwork Arch
Living room with timber trim, ceiling
  • “Landmark Early Federation residence designed by renowned architect Howard Joseland.
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  • Located at one of the vantage points of East Side Wahroonga, desirable for its breathtaking streetscape of unique architectural beauty & convenience.
    • Westholme’ is set on 2257sqm of sun filled private grounds where a lifestyle of discretion is assured.
    • The Arts and Crafts style is synonymous with high ornate ceilings, intricate leadlight, timber fretwork, wide polished timber floorboards, all matched with soft furnishings and fittings of the highest quality.
    • Many period features have been sensitively restored for perfect blend & integrity of generous formal sitting & dining rooms. There are even five working fireplaces.
    • Subtle additions include: R/C Aircon, Intercom, Cable/TV/Broadband Internet, Back to Base Alarm, Smoke Detectors, Watering System & ample storage. Inherent low maintenance and easy care attributes for modern living.” – Mark Allan

6 Cleveland Street Wahroonga NSW

  • Gracefully Enhanced Federation Residence to showcase its original Federation attributes,
  • Impressive residence stands tall amongst manicured gardens, its conveniently located close to leading schools, shops, cafes and rail.
  • For Sale: $3,700,000

    • Six bedrooms, study and separate guest suite
    • Master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe
    • Modern designer kitchen with leading appliances overlooks sunken family room
    • Generous room sizes and light filled living areas
    • Formal lounge and separate banquet dining room, casual meals area, billiard room / games room
    • Full size tennis court, swimming pool and spa
    • Front gates, 2 car auto garage, r/c air conditioning, central heating, security alarm and many fine inclusions

6 Munderah Street Wahroonga – Antrim Hall 1915

  • Federation Classic with slate roof, tuck-pointed brickwork, shingled gables


  • “A handsome street presence with 1915 character abounding from the sandstone wall and gated entry to wide hallways, high ceilings, polished floorboards and feature fireplaces.
  • ANTRIM HALL combines the appeal of turn of the century architecture with grand proportions, fluid formal rooms opening to a European style north facing courtyard ideal for entertaining, with casual living overlooking the private garden and pool.
    • Elegant and welcoming columned entry foyer
    • Formal lounge & dining rooms,with fireplaces & French doors
    • Expansive open-plan kitchen, casual dining and family room with Jetmaster fireplace
    • Kitchen features, Gaggenau/Smeg/Miele appliances & large pantry
    • Generous bedrooms with built-ins, one with two-way ensuite; master with walk-in robe & ensuite
    • Large swimming pool & with cabana /studio and private level garden
    • Fitted laundry with hanging rails & Robinhood ironing centre; 2 family bathrooms, 1 with clawfoot bath
    • Features include wine cellar, ducted gas heating & r/c air con, B2B alarm, extensive storage, irrigation
    • Auto wrought-iron gates lead down driveway to auto double garage with internal access
    • Spoilt for choice with schools – walk Abbotsleigh & Knox. Prouille, Warrawee Public, The Bush School
    • 3 minute walk to bus, village shops & Wahroonga train station – transport options couldn’t be easier”

10 Cleveland Street, Wahroonga, NSW

  • Federation Classic mansion
  • For Sale Saturday 19th May 2012 by auction


  • Circa 1895 – Superb Boom period Federation Residence
  • Privately situated on of one of Wahroonga’s most picturesque and prestigious tree-lined streets, on a completely level 1900sqm block (approximately), this enchanting home is in the absolute heart of Wahroonga village.

    • Timeless architecture and perfect symmetry – a home with significant street appeal
    • Secure and private nestled behind hedge screening, walls and security gates
    • Wide foyer with superb formal lounge, dining rooms, picture book sunroom, games room, home office with soaring ceilings, 2 ornate fireplaces, an eclectic mix of old world charm with contemporary finishes
    • Light filled and versatile casual living/dining areas, rumpus room boasting cathedral ceiling – granite floors, wet bar
    • 5 generous bedrooms including separate guest accommodation
    • 4.5 bathrooms
    • 3 upper level incl guest bathroom and ground level bathroom plus guest powder room
    • Iconic verandah overlooking the level lawn, English style gardens and full size tennis court.
    • Sandstone flagged pool and spa plus all weather deck, ideal for the entertainer
    • Australian Cedar staircase, under floor heating, ducted r/c air conditioning, original leadlights

20 Bareena Avenue, WAHROONGA, NSW– ‘Kerrisdale’

  • Queen Anne style with tuck-pointed brickwork, slate roof and wrap-around verandah


  • “Elegant federation residence in prime east side location
  • bearing all the hallmarks of its refined traditional heritage, ‘kerrisdale’ is an elegant federation residence encompassing a variety of living, entertaining and accommodation spaces, perfect for spacious family living all within an absolute prime east side location only a seven minute level walk to Wahroonga village and station.
  • traditionally presented formal lounge showcases a period fireplace 20-Bareena-Avenue-Wahroonga-NSW-2076-Real-Estate-photo-2-large-3073433.jpg
  • separate formal dining room
  • huge informal family living/dining area flows level to a covered alfresco
  • entertaining area and level secure rear garden
  • four bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a large master bedroom on the first floor featuring an ensuite bathroom and dressing room
  • there is access to a loft area affording potential as an office or study
  • a myriad of original features including wraparound open front verandah, high ornate ceilings with turned cornices, leadlight windows and polished timber floors
  • preserved facade, with tuck pointing, slate roof and shingles
  • conveniently situated to superb schools including knox grammar, abbotsleigh and the bush school
  • Auction 11:30am, Saturday September 24, 2011 buyers guide: $1.6m+

22 Water Street WAHROONGA

  • Grand Character home with 2,800sqm gardens – Tennis Court and Pool
  • A grand estate including a renowned Water Street address and approx 2,800sqm of magnificent North to rear gardens and level lawns
  • A gracious 2 storey Edwardian home offers original character features with a plenty of scope to further update.
    Within a short walk to Wahroonga Station, Village shops and some of Sydney’s finest schools, this is the perfect opportunity to secure a preserved character home with so much potential. Enjoy your piece of Wahroonga history.
    Also offering:
    – 5 spacious bedrooms plus study (separate entrance)
    – 4 bathrooms upstairs and 2 downstairs powder rooms.
    – Formal lounge room and separate formal dining with original fireplaces06581974.jpg
    – Spacious kitchen family and breakfast room
    – Generous billiards/games room with bar
    – Triple Garage and plenty of off street parking – Full size tennis court, swimming pool and Rotunda

25 Ada Avenue Wahroonga


  • Circa 1920’S Character Home

    • 38m frontage
    • More than 1,800sqm of near level land
    • Picture rails throughout the home and beautiful timber paneling in the formal and casual living areas
    • Entrance foyer with separate cloak / phone room
    • Large formal lounge with gas heater
    • Formal 12 seated dining room25_Ada_Avenue,_image5.jpg
    • Sunroom
    • Eat-in kitchen with gas cooking, solid Oak doors, Granite bench tops and splash backs
    • Leadlight features throughout the home
    • 5 bedrooms, main with bay window and 2nd bedroom with en-suite bathroom25_Ada_Avenue,_image7.jpg
    • Huge full size billiard room that leads out to the yard and deck
    • Good size backyard with room for a pool
    • 3 car garage and room for plenty of extra parking on the driveway
    • Large cellar plus loads of storage
    • Ducted air-conditioning throughout
    • Fully landscaped gardens
    • Approximately 10 seconds to Abbotsleigh School for Girls, 5 minute walk to Wahroonga railway station and shopping village, 10 minute walk to Knox Grammar School and close to parks, ovals and shops

25 Burns Road WAHROONGA‘Applegate’


  • A Fine Federation Residence With Tennis Court & Pool – Priced To Sell
  • ‘Applegate’ adorning approximately 1947sqm of beautifully landscaped land and across one level with a full-sized all-weather tennis court & pool.
  • In one of Wahroonga’s premier eastside streets and positioned in the quiet part of Burns Road, you are just moments walk to the rail, Village and all leading schools.
  • This property also features:
    • Five bedrooms (main with ensuite) plus a study
    • Three bathrooms plus separate WC for tennis court & pool
    • Two car lock-up garage with additional storage
    • Stunning formal lounge room and separate dining with fireplaces
    • Granite kitchen opens to casual meals & family flowing to a beautiful undercover sandstone courtyard
    • Rumpus room ideal for home theatre, billiards room or extra family living
    • Undercover tennis pavilion overlooks inground pool & tennis court
    • Plenty of additional lawns surround the property for children & pets alike
    • Walkway cuts through to Wahroonga rail & Village and walk to Knox, Abbotsleigh and other prestige schools

28 Lucinda Avenue Wahroonga ‘Matakana’


  • For Sale $3,900,000
  • Estate on 3200sqm
  • After 17 years of much love and restoration, Matakana is offered as an impressive circa 1907 Federation estate that has been impressively and meticulously brought back to her former glory.
  • Intimate attention to detail, grand proportions and elegant styles are the hallmarks of this gracious family home.
  • Set amid impeccably landscaped and sun-drenched resort-like grounds, this property also offers:

    • Five large bedrooms including a private guest wing with loungeroom
    • Three bathrooms (main with ensuite) and 2 car garaging
    • Stunning formal entry foyer leading to a grand formal lounge room
    • Separate banquet sized formal dining room and impressive office or library
    • Stainless steel kitchen and plenty of generous casual living space
    • Classic wide veranda for indoor/outdoor entertaining
    • Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning
    • Back to Base Sercurity System
    • Beautifully inground gas heated pool and spa plus tennis court with pavilion
    • Electronic watering system throughout the garden.
    • 3,200sqm of manicured grounds all within easy walk to rail

38 Burns Road Wahroonga‘Craigmyle’


  • “Landmark residence of unique style & natural beauty located in the most desirable position on highly regarded Burns Road, the massive 37m street frontage ensures a stunning street presence in the platinum arc of East Side Wahroonga.
  • This village fringe location is renowned for its breathtaking streetscape of unique architectural beauty & convenience.
  • A glimpse of the discreet façade with stunning turret and slate roof pitch provides intrigue with privacy assured from all angles.
  • Discover a mature garden highlighted by perfect North to rear aspect and ambience of peace & quiet.
  • Set on approx. 2686sqm of sun filled private grounds where a lifestyle of privileged discretion is assured.
  • There is already an oversized pool well positioned on the land with self contained ‘coach house’ to use as a pavilion or pool house perfect for parties, sleep overs or even Nanny accommodation.
  • Undoubtedly graced with period solidity and peerless charm, ‘Craigmyle’ is ready for a makeover ensuring the property meets lifestyle standards of the new age family. Classical features of the period are synonymous with charming turret, intricate masonry, high ornate ceilings and fireplaces of beauty.
  • This unpolished gem is a blank canvass to be blended with practicality & utility in an adaptation for modern living sympathetic to the architecture. The mood is grand in the entry vestibule and the formal rooms exude an irreplaceable charm with original features that cannot be recreated.
  • ‘Craigmyle’ takes its place in illustrious company & is defined by the sheer calibre of prestigious homes. Wahroonga has a tremendous sense of community & offers instant transport to another world far from the stress of city life. Conveniences are remarkably close by: stroll to local village, park, premier schools & rail. Major shopping complexes within minutes. Sydney Airport via Eastern Distributor app. 35 mins, launch directly onto the F3 for weekend escapes. Ku-ring-gai benefits from many nearby National Parks.” – Mark Allan

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