Water Street, Wahroonga NSW

Water Street, Wahroonga, NSW Federation Heritage

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Wahroonga (“our home”): The First Garden Suburb in Australia

  • Water Street is relatively narrow without kerbs and has the feel of a ‘country lane’.
  • Most houses have low fences with higher transparent infill above and are strongly defined by mature plantings and gardens.

During the past six months, the highest price in prestigious Water Street is $6.9 million for an enormous six-bedroom modern mansion on a 4200-square-metre block sold in December by software entrepreneur Paul Phillips to tech company entrepreneur Dominic O’Hanlonthrough agent Robert Ward of LJ Hooker Wahroonga.

A very great deal of this information is published at http://www.wahroonga.org/water_street.htm

Westholme, 1 Water St WAHROONGA

Federation Arts & Crafts Heritage
Federation Arts & Crafts Heritage

Westholme was designed by Howard Joseland for John Arthur Bennett, one of the pioneer land developers of Wahroonga and an artist trained at the School of Art in Manchester.
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 5 Water Street Wahroonga

Federation Bungalow with gablet over entrance
Federation Bungalow with gablet over entrance

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Lindisfarne, 6 Water Street Wahroonga

A handsome Federation Home
A handsome Federation Home

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This house was built in 1897 for Mr Arthur Graham Saddington, Clerk of the Court/Sydney and many of the mature trees were planted during his time.

  • In the 1898 Telephone Directory, the name of the house was given as “Karua”.
  • The second owner of the property was George Crane, of Watson and Crane Plumbing Supplies.
  • The present owners have carried out major upgrading and extensions on the house.
  • This beautiful established garden has remained remarkably unchanged since its inception.
  • A magnificent Chinese elm, well over 100 years old, dominates the front.
  • Heritage Listed by Ku-Ring-Gai Council

7 Water Street Wahroonga


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8 Water Street Wahroonga

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This gracious home was built in 1905. Professor and Mrs Inglis were one of the early owners.

  • Mrs Inglis’ sister, Mrs Nosworthy, who was an architect, was engaged to change the rear of the house. In 1959, Dr and Mrs Carroll bought the house and engaged the architect, John Suttor.
  • He added the French windows, at the front of the house and a bathroom and dressing room off the front bedroom. Another major renovation was carried out in about 1995.
  • The front garden’s circular lawn and curved path has remained unchanged since the house was built.
  • The Landscape Designer, Peter Fudge modified the original garden during the changes to the house in 1995.
  • – from http://www.wahroonga.org/water_street.htm

10 Water Street WAHROONGA

circa-1905 Federation mansionA Magnificent family estate

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Game, set and match ... Vivian and Wendy King's estate in Wahroonga is believed to have sold for about $6.1 million.
Game, set and match … Vivian and Wendy King’s estate in Wahroonga is believed to have sold for about $6.1 million.

$2m discount sells magnificent estate
Margie Blok April 21, 2012

One of the grandest estates on the upper north shore sold last week, and while the agents would not comment on the price, it’s understood to be about $6.1 million – the same amount the property last traded for in 2002.

  • Owned by the chairman of the CH Warman Group, Vivian King, and his wife, Wendy, the Wahroonga residence was listed with $8 million price hopes last October through Don MacLennan of Richardson & Wrench Lindfield and Tracey McDonald of Chadwick Real Estate.
  • But the agents revised the price guide to more than $6 million during last month’s marketing campaign.
  • On a 3268-square-metre block in Water Street, with a 37-metre street frontage and magnificent gardens designed by two leading landscapers, Peter Fudge and Gordon Sykes, the circa-1905 Federation mansion has five bedrooms, a billiard room and multiple living and dining areas that open on to deep verandahs and terraces.
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This beautiful newly renovated home faithfully recreates the style of grand homes in Water Street.

  • This property was originally named ‘Wairimu’, after the Rimu tree (or Red Pine Dacrydium cupressinum) a native of New Zealand, with ‘wai’ meaning ‘by the water’ in Maori.
  • This tree is planted to the left of the entrance and although in good health has probably not fulfilled its potential. It is a very slow growing tree, related to the Huon Pine.
  • Superbly designed with impeccable attention to detail and a vast array of quality inclusions this property is set on just under an acre of level land in one of Wahroonga’s most prestigious, tree lined streets.
    Exterior has some Federation gables
  • This residence includes 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, wide entrance foyer, formal banquet sized dining room, formal living room, home office, a seamless connection, via informal living areas, to a north facing resort style garden which offers a full sized tennis court, solar heated swimming pool and expansive outdoor living/dining areas with additional kitchen/bar/bbq facilities.

 17 Water Street Wahroonga

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  • This grand Victorian residence, c1894, is entered through a very fine cast iron fence and gate which has been heritage listed by the National Trust.

18 Water Street Wahroonga

“The highest price in prestigious Water Street was $6.9 million for an enormous six-bedroom modern mansion on a 4200-square-metre block, sold in December 2011 by software entrepreneur Paul Phillips to tech company entrepreneur Dominic O’Hanlonthrough agent Robert Ward of LJ Hooker Wahroonga.”

– http://smh.domain.com.au/real-estate-news/2m-discount-sells-magnificent-estate-20120420-1xaq1.html

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“Without doubt one of the Upper North Shore’s finest estates.

  • Built to standards seldom seen in constructions, this full brick, triple slabbed property of over 4,000 square metres of glorious level north to rear grounds.
  • Architect designed and with quality that is rarely repeated, this is a chance to acquire an estate at well below replacement value.
  • As what is most often described as the best street in Wahroonga, and approx 700 metre walk to rail, Village and even closer to leading schools Knox, Bush School, Abbotsleigh, Barker, Pymble Ladies’ College and a host of others.”4eccbd4c7bd7193170000311.jpg

With too many world class features to list, some include:

  • Six huge bedrooms plus 3 studies (main with ensuite, WIR, 80 inch projection screen and balcony)4eccbd4c7bd7193170000313.jpg
  • Six bathrooms all with underfloor heating and 3 car garaging plus plenty of off-street parking
  • Formal lounge and dining room, family room plus billiards room and home gym
  • Dedicated, fully soundproofed home cinema with Meridian digital sound system, high definition JVC D-ILA projector and eight high-quality reclining leather seats
  • State of the art AMX home automation system (control through wall pads, hand-held remotes and iPhone/iPad) and 24-zone distributed audio and video available in virtually every room
  • Spacious modern kitchen with two dishwashers, two Scholtes ovens, Gaggenau gas and electric stoves top, integrated commercial quality fridge, integrated Mile coffee machine and walk-in servery
  • 16 metres x 6 metre indoor swimming pool with electrically operated cover, two gas heaters, automatic chlorination and his and her changerooms
  • Balinese inspired pavillion with kitchen facilities, integrated BBQ & huge entertaining area to easily hold functions for more than 100 people
  • Championship sized tennis court with rebound-ace surface and spotlights for night time tennis and industrial grade playground equipment
  • Finest inclusions throughout and high security with eight external security cameras, ducted reverse cycle a/c – if you want it this property has it!
  • A home that needs to be inspected to be appreciated with jaw dropping elegance, world class construction and private family locale.
  • For Sale: $7,500,000+

Woodside, 19 Water Street Wahroonga

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Windemere 20 Water Street Wahroonga

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  • More Photographsfrom http://www.wahroonga.org/water_street.htm
  • One of the north shore’s finest estates magnificent character residence nestled on approx 1 acre (approx 3,905 sq m) of superbly manicured gardens and rolling lawns, in one of the upper north shore’s best streets, only a short stroll to rail, village shops and leading schools.
  • High ceilings, generously proportioned rooms and an excellent flow from formal to informal entertaining areas and picturesque gardens
  • Sold for estimated $5,350,000 on about 01-06-2005

21A Water Street Wahroonga

Luxury designer residence in blue ribbon east side location:
Property Features: Virtual Tour

 21B Water Street Wahroonga

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22 Water Street Wahroonga NSW

Superb Grand Residence on 2,800 sq m

  • This exclusive two storey Edwardian estate has north facing picturesque gardens and rolling lawns as well as a relaxed resort quality.
  • Heritage Listed by Ku-Ring-Gai Council
  • Set upon grounds of approx 2,800 sq m, this is positioned in one of the North Shore’s premier addresses and all only a short walk to rail, Wahroonga Village shops and a selection of the finest schools in the country.
  • High ceilings, open fireplaces, period features and polished floorboards throughout

 24 Water Street Wahroonga

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26 Water Street Wahroonga

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 29 Water Street Wahroonga

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31 Water Street WAHROONGA

Classical Elegance on 1903sqm

  • Set in one of Wahroonga’s most desired streets, this stunning character home offers 476sqm of internal living, following recent renovation and extension with designs by architect, Harvey Little.
  • Heritage Listedby Ku-Ring-Gai Council


  • With an elevated and private outlook, combined with the convenience of having Wahroonga station, Village and schools nearby
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35 Water Street Wahroonga

Rippon Grange / John Williams Memorial Hospital 35-45 Water Street, Wahroonga
(now John Williams Memorial Hospital)


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Threat: Inappropriate re-development and loss of heritage values

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  • The house is a fine example of a large Federation Queen Anne house, largely intact, set within a grand and beautifully landscaped garden.
  • The gardens retain considerable aesthetic significance illustrating intact features of Federation garden architecture and landscape design such as croquet lawn and grotto, summerhouse, glass house and wire trellises.
  • The grounds retain much of their original layout with sweeping paths and driveways providing the setting for the recreational features.
  • The grounds also featured a large vegetable garden, an orchard and a fowl run illustrating the desire for a degree of self-sufficiency by the early owners

(See Nomination Form for more details)

Statement of Risk:

The Site, especially the gardens, is under threat of redevelopment, with an inappropriate number of new buildings proposed in the grounds, which would disrupt the already reduced curtilage of the original building.

Degree of Risk: Immediate risk – no solution agreed
Threats/Risks: Destruction (of the gardens)
Fate/outcome: Suffering
Desired Outcome / Vision:
That a use for the site be found in which the original building and its curtilage (including the gardens) remains intact. It is rare that even this amount of remaining grounds survived previous rounds of subdivision and development in this suburb. It is important that they be retained intact.

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