Berith Park,Wahroonga

Berith Park, 19 Billyard Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW 2076

[Previous Post: 2017 Most Popular Pages…. Next Post: Tudor Style]

 

Berith Park, a master-built heritage home designed by Francis Ernest Stowe
Berith Park, a master-built heritage home designed by Francis Ernest Stowe

Elaine, Berith Park, Fernhill Estate: saving Australian mansions

BEN WILMOT The Australian12:00AM May 6, 2017


 

An 2013 photo of Berith Park
An 2013 photo of Berith Park

Sydney-based corporate lawyer Karthika Gunalingam bought historic upper-north shore trophy estate Berith Park from former Coca-Cola Amatil managing director Warwick White and his wife Karen for more than $11m last year.

  • Berith Park, a master-built heritage home designed by Francis Ernest Stowe, is considered an architectural masterpiece, with grand interior living spaces ­flowing into manicured gardens.
  • The prized estate, sold through Ray White agents Elliott Placks and David Walker, needs little work.
  • “Every owner has treated it with such respect and I hope to do the same,” Gunalingam says of the Wahroonga home, which sports a pool, tennis court and golf driving range.
  • Read more: Elaine, Berith Park, Fernhill Estate: saving Australian mansions

 

Berith Park sold for … $11 million


LUCY MACKEN  DEC 9, 2016

Berith Park, 19 Billyard Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Berith Park, 19 Billyard Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW 2076

The historic upper north shore trophy estate Berith Park sold on Friday afternoon (for 11 million).

  • The exact sales result is shrouded in mystery, leaving it to speculation as to whether it topped the upper north shore’s record house price of $11.5 million set in 2010.
  • Berith Park is one of the area’s prized estates, with an impressive line-up of previous owners dating back to its Federation origins when it was built by architect Francis Ernest Stowe.
    The grounds at Berith Park, in Wahroonga, include a pool, a tennis court and a golf driving range.
    The grounds at Berith Park, in Wahroonga, include a pool, a tennis court and a golf driving range.
  • Former Coca-Cola Amatil managing director Warwick White and his wife Karen listed the property in Octoberfollowing their move to Ireland and White’s appointment heading up the international beverage giant Keurig Green Mountain.
  • Ray White agents Elliott Placks and David Walker were gagged by confidentiality orders from revealing the result, but confirmed it sold to a local family.
  • The 7583-square-metre property last traded in 2002 for $5.59 million when sold by CH Warman Group executive chairman Vivian King.

 

 

Berith Park resets Sydney’s north shore trophy market


LUCY MACKEN,  OCT 8, 2016
As grand entrances go, the drive through the stately gates and up the gravel drive to Berith Park and its landmark turret is hard to beat.

  • But not impossible. Up the home’s main marble stairway and inside a mosaic-tiled foyer is a breath-taking central living space that acts as an impressive centrepiece to this exquisite home.
The breath-taking central living space that acts as an impressive centrepiece to this exquisite home.
The breath-taking central living space that acts as an impressive centrepiece to this exquisite home.

In short, soaring 10-metre-high ceilings with finely patterned plaster and stained glass clerestory windows flood the historic home with sunlight and show off the reinstated wall mouldings, the original wall light fittings, parquetry floors and an ornate fireplace.

  • Unlike your usual late Victorian heritage home, Berith Park wears its history with lots of sunlight and a functional family floorplan.
  • It was designed by architect Francis Ernest Stowe from 1897 to 1909 for Queensland merchant Alfred Smith, and in 1911 purchased by prominent businessman Sir Arthur Rickard and his wife Nellie, who added the tennis court, a ballroom, ornamental lake and cricket oval.

 

Landscape designer Annie Wilkes has been consulted on the gardens.
Landscape designer Annie Wilkes has been consulted on the gardens.

It was during this time that Berith Park was notably described as “one of the most comfortable living homes for Australian conditions”.

  • Here is why:
    • Spread over one level and set in the centre of a large parcel of land the central, light-filled living hall is the only living space that doesn’t overlook the surrounding landscaped garden through its myriad windows and verandahs.
    • Off the entry is a more intimate lounge room, dubbed the “Lady Mayoress” room in the 1930s, in honour of Eleanor Ida Crick, wife of then owner and Sydney Lord Mayor Stanley Crick, who was managing director of the Hoyts Theatre cinema chain.
      • Alderman Crick, the Lord Mayor of Sydney was a founder of Fox Studios.
      • Berith Park was used extensively as a location in a number of films.
The more intimate lounge room, dubbed the “Lady Mayoress” room in the 1930s
The more intimate lounge room, dubbed the “Lady Mayoress” room in the 1930s

 

The swimming pool dates back to 1918 and is one of the oldest in Sydney.
The swimming pool dates back to 1918 and is one of the oldest in Sydney.
    • A book-lined study sits behind it, and shares the same garden outlook and verandah access as the adjoining formal dining room.
      external image _KPcP_w6VO406_qYzE0qxMd9A4PEnK98WEZslt5Vyij1xy3sv5KUphl2a1cyh6uT4S8xGMYmmP7oWUDx2Io=w333-h220-rw external image PNKheoP4Tf2rls9mqd62PXyuw1kTUWZojyPPjcFDlNl4DU93-W-EEiJEMKGfgzLuAUPLORjkKKnto0KuXXU=w331-h220-rw
    • The open-plan kitchen and family room at the rear was renovated about seven years ago and now features a vast marble-topped island benchtop at the centre, and the fireplace alcove now has an original Aga stove.
      external image R_VQXDgmfIJ-Nu35LjED69uoqljtX-dSkeqfpb0HIh53xfuD-B8Ah9iTCdWU7WvxqHV4O0nRqME5WrvAZPo=w335-h220-rwexternal image _NQcXw4yUVTC_KDvprSqQOxH0QVlAl0Eb1wZIC6teiOi4agVxzxnFndhhGrIpn1u90tiA44LMBD2E-pJDBk=w335-h220-rw
    • Behind it is a powder room and an extensive utility space with a separate entry and impressive family-sized laundry.
The grand marble entrance to the main homestead.
The grand marble entrance to the main homestead.

Flanking the other side of the house are six bedrooms, including a charming parents’ retreat set under the home’s turret with a built-in day bed, en suite and private verandah.external image 1JXl0VCJVFomLa_usJyrNlHh46o6a7tmHBYpwK-SS8vS8stQABkiFRCGcsVImq7xCFuK_vi6az3fgwxTviU=w331-h220-rwexternal image rTwxpy_f8WYpQhHuOzoi0ygZMFOWEGGTTsnBXn2ci825n2YukbiFfTe1aa7A2jEGXBRbe6vCxPYTHDgNMHE=w309-h220-rw

  • The second bedroom, sharing verandah access with the parents’ retreat, acts as an informal living room, there is a study with original curved feature wall and the sixth bedroom is a loft.
    external image _KPcP_w6VO406_qYzE0qxMd9A4PEnK98WEZslt5Vyij1xy3sv5KUphl2a1cyh6uT4S8xGMYmmP7oWUDx2Io=w333-h220-rw external image T_1Gd_0k8V1gg_AUCUl3SZHY53_ASyushJXSnSNRIyj_VhYq2HsobJBsRSUuKXfXm7LIQcCQbSh4yTeb0LQ=w330-h220-rw
  • A breezeway at the rear leads to the separate guest quarters built in the 1950s by the Catholic Church as a dining room for the Dominican sisters when it was used as a convent.
  • In keeping with the home’s contemporary use, however, the separate quarters are now a billiard room and a gym downstairs, with a self-contained two-bedroom apartment above it.

 

The central living room with its 10-metre ceilings.
The central living room with its 10-metre ceilings.

Landscape designer Annie Wilkes has been consulted on the surrounding garden, which includes three ornamental ponds and fountains, with resident koi.

Landscape designer Annie Wilkes has been consulted on the surrounding garden
Landscape designer Annie Wilkes has been consulted on the surrounding garden
  • The swimming pool looks new but dates back to before 1918, making it one of the oldest domestic pools in Sydney, and the championship-sized tennis court has synthetic grass and a half practice wall.
  • Despite the estate being subdivided and sold off for housing in 1937 and 1960, losing the lake in the process, the established trees and landscaping have created a beautifully private garden that retains hidden treasures, such as a golf driving range.
The driveway of Berith Park, the 120-year-old estate in Wahroonga.
The driveway of Berith Park, the 120-year-old estate in Wahroonga.

For good reason the home has starred in movies and television shows, including a 1970s program called Ride On Stranger, as well as a more recent appearance on Home and Away and Love Child.

  • The owner has taken care to preserve what was already a beautifully designed and historic Australian family home, restoring the high, detailed ceilings, original wall mouldings, plaster details and installing underfloor heating after that first, unforgettable winter in residence.
  • The result is not only a property that celebrates its almost 120-year history, but is far and away the jewel of the upper north shore’s trophy home offerings.
Just about every room in Berith Park overlooks the stunning gardens.
Just about every room in Berith Park overlooks the stunning gardens.

References


 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s