Ardagh, Mosman Merchant Mansion

Ardagh 19 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW 2088

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One of Mosman’s Finest Federation Homes

Regally and privately set amidst magnificent established gardens, ‘Ardagh’ is a grand Federation home unequalled in elegance, grace, quality or proportion.

  • Built in c1905 and retaining the opulent character for which the period is renowned, this exquisite residence is a unique offering to be passed down the generations.

Ardagh has had only five owners in a rich 110 year history, “truly one of the North Shore’s finest family estates.” (Built 1905)

  • In 1913 William Toohey and his son, Francis opened a real estate agency at 124 Avenue Road, Mosman. Established at a time that Mosman was experiencing an increase in new residential developments this enterprise was such a success that in 1915 a branch office was opened at Mosman Bay close to Mosman Wharf. The family lived at ‘Ardagh’, 19 Prince Albert Street, Mosman.
Ardagh 19 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW 2088
Ardagh 19 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW 2088
  • Set on 2700 square metres, the seven-bedroom Federation mansion with pool and tennis court was built in 1905 and in 1922 was bought by former British trade commissioner John Adams and his wife Gwynneth, until they sold it in 1964 to pianist and former ABC radio personality John Champ.
  • Pharmacists Gary and Mary Smoker (Smoker, a former alderman), bought the Prince Albert Street property in 1993 for $1.7 million.

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It had initial $15 million hopes through Brendan Warner of Raine & Horne Mosman, but is now listed through Richard Harding at LJ Hooker.

  • Set on 2700 square metres, the seven-bedroom Federation mansion with pool and tennis court was built in 1905.

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  • Exclusively encircled by over 2700sqm of magnificent park-like gardens within one of Sydney’s most coveted enclaves, this majestic Federation manor offers grand living quarters with spectacular main harbour and city views along with a resort style swimming pool and a championship sized north / south tennis court.

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  • Unrivalled in proportions, prestige and position, the estate holds dual street frontages to Ruby Street and occupies two separate titles of land.
  • Originally built in c1905 and still retaining the opulence and allure of yesteryear, the scale of this exquisite offering is superbly balanced by sophisticated updates and the addition of sought-after lifestyle facilities.
  • Equally suited to family living and grand scale entertaining, the impressive floorplan accommodates a main residence, a self-contained apartment and a two storey coach house.

Tightly held for over 20 years and neighbouring some of Mosman’s finest residential real estate, this is a rare opportunity to become established mere moments from picturesque harbour beaches, Taronga Zoo, Mosman village shops and a selection of schools.

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  • A variety of formal living expanses including a reception room and banquet dining room
  • Multiple spacious casual living/dining areas ideal for family life and children of all ages
  • Well-equipped family-sized kitchen with an island bench and excellent storage solutions
  • Upper level parent’s retreat with lounging area, study, dressing room, balcony and ensuite
  • A two bedroom self-contained apartment with living, dining, kitchen, sunroom and patio
  • Two storey coach house equipped with a kitchenette, lounge, bedroom and bathroom


  • Postcard harbour views showcasing the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Centerpoint Tower
  • North / south tennis court and resort-style pool with spa, dining patio and sundecks
  • Adorned with lofty patterned ceilings, decorative fireplaces, leadlighting and bay windows
  • Two separate double lock-up garages – one accessed from Prince Albert St
The rear of 'Ardagh', 19 Prince Albert Street, Mosman circa 1918
The rear of ‘Ardagh’, 19 Prince Albert Street, Mosman circa 1918
  • This photograph was taken at the rear of ‘Ardagh’, 19 Prince Albert Street, Mosman, Francis Toohey’s family home from 1913 – 1918.
  • It was taken before Lola and Francis married in 1919.




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