Edwardian Grandeur

Grand Edwardian Interiors in Victoria, South Australia and in Queensland

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44 Mary Street, St Kilda West VIC 3182 (1904)

One of St Kilda Wests’ most elite properties

A grand home on St Kilda West’s Mary Street, which boasts one degree of separation from home-grown music idol Nick Cave is on the market.

44 Mary Street, St Kilda West VIC 3182 with Art Nouveau leadlight and fretwork
44 Mary Street, St Kilda West VIC 3182 with Art Nouveau leadlight and fretwork
  • Built in 1904, the four-bedroom Edwardian at 44 Mary Street has preserved features from period styles, including Queen Anne, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts.external image DCW8kaeXMdZQJjZ0mFr4sZcNgqVv3jyaRZS7ivZxsFfro5WbW554kK_vDbRn8KUYeNeHecIbrJXHSKjjR7E=w330-h220-rwexternal image -Ix_U0dXnGz_YR4Dv2Tt7kyE3wQM0IRpvXc0ajnWTuovNwkI9wHE9J12-hUZFObRUNvlDOrYdKBd5waD0_4=w330-h220-rwexternal image iPipxj_f0XdEvQM8Ms0e_yuffwr7WyPWuJcM8Aq4N7tMJSHzmWkME6vRwbtqEm_E9k3FcdeAosErDLB4i7k=w330-h220-rwexternal image TVgpBMsZjE5JRoF_4sCJ5u9IjlX6tPJkHHD0O--yPPWsH0tQaPFQmzXcyo0019hlPG_shkXOKqpsWJ-35-E=w330-h220-rw
  • Craftsman built in 1904, this enchanting heritage masterpiece showcases refined designer sophistication and impeccable artisan detail evocative of early 1900’s elegance and grandeur.
    Frieze of William Morris wallpaper and elaborate Edwardian timber mantlepiece
    Frieze of William Morris wallpaper and elaborate Edwardian timber mantlepiece
  • Commanding a significant corner position on an allotment of approx. 682sqm this regal family manor spans over two palatial levels of unsurpassed timeless luxury with a commitment to quality and attention to detail.
    Entrance porch to the significant corner position of 44 Mary Street, St Kilda West, showing elaborate Art Nouveau decoration
    Entrance porch to the significant corner position of 44 Mary Street, St Kilda West, showing elaborate Art Nouveau decoration
  • A rare opportunity to secure a piece of Melbourne’s architectural history.
  • Picturesque forecourt with vistas of the exquisitely landscaped garden and tessellated porch.
  • Entrance foyer with bespoke leadlight panelling, original Tasmanian pine flooring and dramatic high ceilings.
    Original Tasmanian pine flooring and dramatic high ceilings with whimsical frieze
    Original Tasmanian pine flooring and dramatic high ceilings with whimsical frieze
  • Original and fully-intact, ornate Victorian ceiling details grace the foyer and adjacent formal dining and sitting rooms complete with crystal chandeliers’, bay window, 12ft fireplaces’ and signature William Morris wallpaper.
Frieze is of signature William Morris wallpaper.
Frieze is of signature William Morris wallpaper.

Grand central hall follows generously proportioned bedroom with iron fireplace, BIR and bookshelf. Bathroom with indulgent claw foot bath, large shower and detached laundry.


  • Executive study adjoins glamorous sun-lit Master Suite with bay window seating, original fireplace and walk-through-robe into ensuite featuring his and hers marble vanities.
  • Deluxe Italian marble kitchen with 6-seat island breakfast bar; appointed with dishwasher and SMEG oven. Hidden trap-door reveals cellar with wine rack and storage.

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Unique first-floor extension was completed by famous eccentric architect H.V Gillespie who worked on landmark designs including The George Hotel.

Bay window and ornate ceiling decoration
Bay window and ornate ceiling decoration
  • Exquisitely restored timber staircase leads to majestic upstairs retreat with expansive multiuse living/rumpus zone showcasing intricate ceiling detail and circular bench seating.
  • Sale listing and photographs


21 Sandergrove Road Strathalbyn, SA (1926)

Diane Heitmann is an avid collector of 18th century furniture, and her Strathalbyn SA home is a true reflection of times gone by.

  • Purchased as a renovator in 1989, the three-bedroom property at 21 Sandergrove Rd, has since been lovingly restored with both Victorian and Edwardian influences clearly visible inside and out.

“One day we went out for a drive to Victor Harbor and saw this home. It was terribly run down but I thought it would make a good project.

  • “It was a good time in my life to have a project and it’s given me a lot of satisfaction over the years.”
  • The circa-1926 home now exudes a sense of grandeur without compromising its homely atmosphere.

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Edwardian style included timber decoration in natural colour
Edwardian style included timber decoration in natural colour


Miles Lewis:

Edwardian houses tend to be, as on the outside, less elaborate.They tend to have more Art Nouveau character.
They tend to have a lot of varnished timberwork.[1]

This bathroom has a Victorian style wash basin and Victorian geometic tiling.
This bathroom has a Victorian style wash basin and Victorian geometic tiling.

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Miles Lewis:

In the Edwardian period, the fireplace often has a timber surround of a somewhat Art Nouveau character, and is often tiled, and, very commonly, you have a complete tiled recess and the fire’s made on a hob, an iron hob, standing within the fireplace.

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Miles Lewis:

You often have a picture rail, well below the ceiling height, which was the fashion of the time, often in stained timber.

A Tasmanian oak kitchen, designed and built by Spacecraft Joinery with Cesar stone benchtops, a Miele ‘three-stacker oven’, gas hotplates and a large pantry.
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  • The kitchen overlooks a family room, complete with a combustion heater and a picture window.

Miles Lewis:

“The fashion for natural materials – Arts and Crafts and so on – gave rise to naturally finished timber taking over from marble.”

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The master bedroom is at the rear of the home and features French doors that open out to a large entertaining deck.

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Stained glass windows towards the front of the home became increasingly popular during this period and often incorporated native Australian fauna and flora motifs and geometric designs.
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The Queen Anne revival used white painted timber fretwork, as visible here
The Queen Anne revival used white painted timber fretwork, as visible here

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30 Ashton Street Wynnum (1900)

Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said this Queenslander had the grace of yesterday combined with modern functionality.

  • Upstairs, there is a combined kitchen and dining area, living room and sitting room with VJ walls, timber floors, high ceilings and sash windows.
30 Ashton Street Wynnum QLD
30 Ashton Street Wynnum QLD
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The four-bedroom home with VJ walls, wraparound veranda and gable roof is on a 1315sq m block.

  • Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said this Queenslander had the grace of yesterday combined with modern functionality.
  • Upstairs, there is a combined kitchen and dining area,
    Notice the Art Nouveau leadlight patterns in the furniture and above the doors. The kitchen has timber cabinetry and a freestanding gas cooker.
    Notice the Art Nouveau leadlight patterns in the furniture and above the doors. The kitchen has timber cabinetry and a freestanding gas cooker.
  • living room and sitting room with VJ walls, timber floors, high ceilings and sash windows.
    VJ Walls = Vertically Joined Timber walls, with dark brown furniture
    VJ Walls = Vertically Joined Timber walls, with dark brown furniture
  • The four-bedroom home with VJ walls, wraparound veranda and gable roof is on a 1315sq m block.

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From the stunning sash windows to the classic gable roof, this meticulously maintained over 100 year-old Queenslander captures the grace of yesteryear with modern functionality.

  • The upper level boasts traditional features throughout with high ceilings,
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    a large wrap-around veranda, original leadlight and stained glass windows, French doors, original fixtures and fittings, VJ walls and ceilings with ornate ceiling roses and wide plank polished timber floorboards.
Plaster Ceiling Rose, leadlight glass and stained timber decoration
Plaster Ceiling Rose, leadlight glass and stained timber decoration


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Lower Level :
A rumpus room with built-in wet bar, a laundry, bathroom and study
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the bathroom has a period feel with freestanding bathtub.
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Outside there is an in-ground saltwater pool, gazebo, barbecue area and a fenced tropical garden that leads down to Wynnum Creek.

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    Miles Lewis, “Style and character in Edwardian architecture”

Art Nouveau ‘Murnell’

Murnell, a period-perfect Art Nouveau house

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Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Agent Paul Caine, advertising the property as “combining period class and charmed modern style”, is anticipating something between $3 million and $4 million when Murnell goes under the hammer at 11.30am on Saturday 23/09/2017.

Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

‘Murnell’ – Modern Art Nouveau Villa C1909

This four-bedroom 1909 home is quite exceptional, especially in Victoriana-rich East Melbourne, because its style is Art Nouveau.

'Murnell' - Modern Art Nouveau Villa C1909
‘Murnell’ – Modern Art Nouveau Villa C1909
  • Carved into the wooden fretwork of the lofty rooms with their pressed-metal ceilings and stained glass windows are silhouetted images of kookaburras and waratahs.
  • It’s rare, too, because since it was commissioned and built by Miss Elizabeth Clarke — a member of the richest family of turn-of-the-20th-century Victoria, and, incidentally, the dynasty who raised of some of the biggest private houses in Australia (think Rupertswood, Cliveden and Queen Bess Row) — Murnell has only had five owners.
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Gorgeous high ceilings, leadlight windows, ornate fireplaces, and original timber floors are just a few of the classic features that still exist through this generous double storey property.

  • A long entry hall feeds off into an airy formal lounge which showcases built-in seating positioned directly in front of an elegant bay window, with this lounge further oozing into a large formal dining room. Both these rooms enjoy open fireplaces and an abundance of space and light.

Over the 20 years that the relinquishing owners have been custodians of “an elegant, spacious, light-filled house, we’ve hardly touched it apart from remodelling the conservatory and refreshing the paint”.

  • “Most of our work has been in preserving what’s there,” she says.
Classic features still exist through this generous double storey property.
Classic features still exist through this generous double storey property.


The historic Melbourne house that shouldn’t really be there

Murnell is also rare because, according to the original 1860s subdivision of the block bordered by George, Clarendon and Hotham streets, it shouldn’t even be there.

  • The hilltop site, already sacred as a corroboree ground before being designated for the proposed Anglican Cathedral of Melbourne, was taken up instead by the smaller Holy Trinity Church when St Paul’s Cathedral was slated to be erected on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in the city.
  • When Holy Trinity burned down in 1905, leaving only four standing walls and the brick schoolhouse behind, the congregation opted to replace the church but to locate it closer to the corner of Hotham and Clarendon. That left the George Street frontages available for subdivision.

Miss Clarke — presumably using substantial monies promised or left to her by the wealthy and widowed chatelaine of ClivedenLady Janet Clarke— pounced on a two plots, buying both 190 and 190A George Street.

  • She had architect, C.A. Cowper design her a finely crafted home, replete with the most modern and fashionable fittings and fixtures.
  • She then promptly died and her new house “in the prominent and desirable location” was auctioned “at half past 2 o’clock” in July 1910. It realised £1395 and a 25 per cent on-the-spot deposit was required.
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

The equally well-heeled Misses Roche bought the house and held it until 1953 when it was purchased by the Tramways branch of the Returned Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Imperial League (forerunner of the RSL), who locked up the top storey and used only the front two downstairs rooms as a library and meeting place.

  • With another new owner in 1991, the side garden was subdivided off before a further sale to a local lady who put a conservatory on to capture north light and replace the lost outdoor amenity.
  • In 1997 and in a fortuitous “one last bid” at an auction attended by 200 other people, the present owners purchased Murnell.
  • They’d been stalking the suburb for a decade, looking for a place to live and from where he could walk across the park to his city office. In Murnell they found more than they were looking for.

Having since relocated to Sydney, the couple are reluctantly letting go of their beloved, storied home that she says “is indeed such a rare survivor”.

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Ranfurlie, Glen Iris

Ranfurlie, 32 Ranfurlie Cres, Glen Iris VIC 3146

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'Ranfurlie', 32 Ranfurlie Crescent, Glen Iris, Vic 3146, Sold on 14 Jun 2014 for $1,156,000
‘Ranfurlie’, 32 Ranfurlie Crescent, Glen Iris, Vic 3146, Sold on 14 Jun 2014 for $1,156,000

Laneway Music founder Vincent Donato lists Glen Iris home

Laneway Music founder Vincent Donato has listed his reinvented Glen Iris home in Melbourne’s Donnington Estate.

  • It is a 1910 Edwardian home with grand period features.
  • Donato paid $1.56 million in 2014.
  • Donato founded Laneway Music, a heritage music label devoted to re-issuing artist catalogue’s from the late 60’s to the present day.
  • You can follow the property sale on Twitter here.

Unrenovated photos:

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State of the Art Renovation

The six bedroom home blends period elegance and state of the art contemporary designer style.

  • Some $2 million has been spent on a full restoration of the six bedroom home on an elevated 950 sqm Ranfurlie Crescent parcel.
  • A wide reception hall under 14 foot ceilings opens to a formal sitting room with bay window and open fireplace and a formal dining room.
  • Vendor Marketing’s Craig Knudsen has assisted on the listing with the Marshall White agency.

Renovated photos:

  • Same rooms as above

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Unsurpassed Design and Luxury

A historic Dorrington Estate landmark, this magnificent solid brick c1913 Edwardian residence showcases an incomparable blend of exquisite period elegance and state of the art contemporary designer style within spectacular northwest oriented garden and pool surrounds.

Ranfurlie, 32 Ranfurlie Cres, Glen Iris VIC 3146, asking $4 million +
Ranfurlie, 32 Ranfurlie Cres, Glen Iris VIC 3146, asking $4 million +

Commanding an imposing elevated corner position, the impressive façade is more than matched by interior dimensions that feature 14ft ceilings, polished timber floors and gracious proportions throughout.


  • The wide reception hall introduces a glorious sitting room with bay window and open fireplace and an equally captivating formal dining room.
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  • Defined by inspired designer flair, the open plan living and dining room features an evocative exposed brick feature wall and a premium Siemens gourmet kitchen along with steam oven, induction cooktop and stone benches.
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  • The living flows out to a sensational northwest garden with picturesque heated pool and spa and an expansive roof-top entertaining deck with built in bar and seating.
  • A lavish main bedroom with open fireplace, designer en-suite and built in robe, two additional double bedrooms with built in robes and a stunning bathroom are downstairs.
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  • An oak staircase leads up to a 4th bedroom with stylish en-suite and walk in robe, 5th bedroom with built in robe, a retreat or 6th bedroom with walk in robe and opulent bathroom with freestanding bath.
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Only just completed, it also includes an alarm, heating and cooling, solar power, water tank, laundry and large double garage with ample storage.

  • Walking distance to Korowa Anglican Girls School, Sacre Coeur School, Caulfield Grammar, High Street tram & Glen Iris Train Station and Bus
    Interchange with easy access to the South Eastern Freeway from High Street.
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  • Land size: 949sqm approx.
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Niddrie, Wollstonecraft

Niddrie, 22 Milner Crescent, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065

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Niddrie, 22 Milner Crescent, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065, for sale over $8 million
Niddrie, 22 Milner Crescent, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065, for sale over $8 million


Niddrie relisted, with a catch

“Remember the Wollstonecraft Federation mansion Niddrie that sold earlier this year for $6.9 million?

  • Well, Lynette Barp, wife of property developer and former owner of Manly Pavilion restaurant John Codling, only took the keys in April and has already returned it to the market.
  • There’s a catch, of course. Instead of the 2100 square metres with swimming pool and tennis court that traded last time, you’ll only be able to buy the house on 692 square metres, leaving much of the surrounding land to become new homes down the track.[1]
The Wollstonecraft home of Sonia and Matthew Levins is up for grabs. Photo: Supplied
The Wollstonecraft home of Sonia and Matthew Levins is up for grabs. Photo: Supplied

Understated neutral colour scheme appeals to almost everyone:

  • Opposite home of former prime minister John Howard and wife Janette

Built in 1905, Niddrie WAS unquestionably one of Wollstonecraft’s most significant landholdings.

Land holding now only 15.24sqm x 45.4sqm
Land holding now only 15.24sqm x 45.4sqm


  • A grand, lovingly maintained two-storey residence which will appeal to connoisseurs of classic Federation architecture.
  • NO LONGER occupying a sprawling 2,076sqm block with beautifully manicured grounds encompassing a rare floodlit tennis court, pool and cabana/gym with bathroom. All excised, see map…
  • Has a series of decks, verandahs and pergola-shaded terraces, and expanses of lawn dotted with towering established trees, sculpted hedges, soothing water features and meandering sandstone pathways.
  • Five enormous upper-level bedrooms along with an office and a light-filled sunroom ideal as a children’s playroom.

From Domain: No risk in Wollstonecraft

‘Niddrie’ Significant 1905 Federation Landmark

WAS one of Wollstonecraft’s largest privately held holdings, Niddrie, is up for grabs again, given the downsizing plans of Sonia Levins, wife of Matthew Levins, who heads up risk consultancy Eirdin Consulting.

  • The 1905 built Niddrie has been owned by Matthew Levins, who heads up risk consultancy Eirdin Consultin, and wife Sonia.
  • The Levins are off to their $2.8 million three bedroom apartment in The Bay Residences in Double Bay.

This stylish Federation residence is across the road from the long-held home of former prime minister John Howard and his wife Janette.

  • FAKE NEWS ALARM – NOT Set on 2076 square metres, now only set on 692 square metres, leaving much of the surrounding land to become new homes down the track.
    The missing tennis court at Niddire, now available for building a new home next door
    The missing tennis court at Niddire, now available for building a new home next door
  • it was owned by the late distinguished barrister and pastoralist Frank McAlary from 1964 until 1974, who sold it in 1993 for $1.29 million.
  • Beautifully maintained, the grounds USED to include a tennis court, pool, cabana and a triple garage.
  • Martin Ross and Darren Curtis, of Christie’s International, are asking $8.5 million to $9.3 million.

Displaying all the hallmarks of its early 1900’s heritage, the majestic ‘Niddrie’ provides a bespoke haven of grandeur and elegance while providing further scope to craft your own signature finishes.

  • (Was placed on a huge block) with private near level rear lawns awash with northerly sunlight, it is perfectly located within 350m of Wollstonecraft Station and within a five minute stroll of Crows Nest’s cosmopolitan lifestyle hub.
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  • Recently refurbished with scope to revitalise or reconfigure
  • Soaring patterned ceilings, leadlight windows and timber floors
  • Grand lounge room warmed by a cosy ornate cast iron fireplace
  • Niddrie’s stately living spaces and manicured grounds make it a wonderful environment for entertaining on a grand scale

Contemporary looks are about keeping the colour scheme simple:

  • A neutral heritage colour palette is surprisingly versatile, offering a broad range of whites, creams and greys.
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  • Large living room, formal dining room opens to covered terrace
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  • Glass embraced family room with NE outlook over rear garden
  • Tidy gas kitchen with dishwasher and adjoining casual dining area
  • King-size bedrooms, main with ensuite, separate home office
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  • Two sunrooms with leafy northerly views to the St Leonards skyline
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  • Ultra-modern bathrooms with heated flooring, guest powder room
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  • Covered tessellated tiled terraces, elevated covered deck
  • Double carport, security alarm, elegant stucco rendered facade
  • Land area 15.24sqm x 45.4sqm



  1. ^ LUCY MACKEN AUG 20, 2017

Amberley House, Goulburn

Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580

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A stunning Federation home on one of Goulburn’s best streets

‘Amberley House’, built in 1914, is a “rich and welcoming” four-bedroom home located at 10 Beppo Street Goulburn.

Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580

Amberley House has come on to the market for $725,000 and offers the appeal of heritage features coupled with stylish spacious living.

  • Built in 1914, the “rich and welcoming” four-bedroom home located at 10 Beppo Street is already attracting interest among potential buyers.
  • Listing agent Angella Storrier of Angella Storrier Real Estate said the property provides a rare opportunity for people looking to purchase an outstanding character home in a prime central location.
  • “The old heritage houses are one of our treasures – they’re not making any more of them,” Ms Storrier said, adding that Beppo Street is one of the best locations in Goulburn.
  • “It is very close to the CBD but has some beautifully-presented heritage homes of different sizes.”


Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580

Ms Storrier said that Amberley House has been beautiful maintained and offers lovely sunny aspects.

Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
  • “This home offers spacious rooms and stylish living on a superb 1,037 square metre flat block,” she said.

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  • “Magnificent period features include the very high ornate pressed metal ceilings, picture rails, fretwork, wide skirting boards, federation windows and tessellated tiles.”

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Beautifully maintained and lovely for the sun, this home offers spacious rooms and stylish living on a superb 1,037 sqm flat block.

  • Magnificent period features include the very high ornate pressed metal ceilings, picture rails, fretwork, wide skirting boards, federation windows and tessellated tiles.

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  • Four bedrooms, all with built ins, plus an en-suite. Formal lounge with fireplace, very spacious open plan family room, and a third living area upstairs. Modern kitchen with gas stove, dishwasher and a Butler’s pantry.

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  • Ducted heating plus cooling, split system upstairs, all fireplaces are in working order and there is fantastic storage throughout.

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A wide covered deck and a semi enclosed outdoor area with an outdoor kitchen provide for relaxed entertaining.


Merildene, Chatswood

Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067

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“Merildene” – Grand Federation Home c 1903

  • Picturesque asymmetrical frontage
  • Ornamental brickwork
  • Corbelled chimneys
  • Elaborate leadlight windows

With three separate residences across two titles, occupying approximately 1800sqm of land, this property presents a rare residential and/or commercial opportunity.

  • Set amidst landscaped gardens, it is peaceful, private and desirably located adjacent to Beauchamp Park.
  • This will be one of the most significant Chatswood purchases of the year.
    Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
    Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067

Main residence:

  • Grand period features
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  • High ornate ceilings
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  • Leadlight windows, fireplaces
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  • 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms + WC
  • Formal and informal living
  • Private entrance, return veranda
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  • Eat-in gas kitchen, home office
  • Off-street parking for 6+ cars
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Property history

  • Sat 8 Jul 1905 – Occupied by C. Herbert Small, wife and new daughter
  • 1910– Home of C. Herbert Small and family
  • 18 June 1910 – Sale of prize stock of Wyandotte and Orpington hens and pullets
  • Wed 2 July 1910 – Auction of contents
  • Last Sold $1,260,000 in Sep 2004
  • Rent $1,200pw in Apr 2007
  • Sold $3,600,002 in Nov 2016

Buderim House, QLD

Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

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Heritage 1913 Buderim house listed

When the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Queensland as part of his 1934 Australian tour, he was a guest at Buderim House, a grand Queenslander set amid 6315 square metres of sub-tropical gardens and sweeping lawns.

  • “These sorts of homes aren’t being built today, the cost of them, with the labour content is just too prohibitive.”Lew Pottinger, Ray White Buderim

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The five-bedroom, four-bathroom Queenslander sits on 6,315 square metres of luxuriant sub-tropical gardens and sweeping lawns designed by award winning landscaped architects.

  • The property underwent an architecturally designed extension in 2003 and features built-in silky oak cabinetry, a games room with a custom-designed built-in bar and commercial wine fridge, an expansive wrap-around verandah and a resort-style pool and spa.
  • Last traded for $530,000 in 1997, the home maintains its heritage with Blackbutt timber floors, casement windows, limestone floors, French doors and Norfolk Island timber joinery milled from the property.


Heritage-listed Buderim property once host to British royalty hits the market

Domain – WENDY HUGHES AUG 8, 2017
Ray White Buderim agent Lew Pottinger said Buderim House, located at 10 Orme Road, was a rare find in a secluded location that was still only 10 minutes from the beach, conveniently placed to make the most of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

Farmer Herbert Fielding had his majestic Queenslander built in 1915 on 16 hectares of the 49 his father had selected back in the 1870s.

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This landmark property’s colourful history began even before the house was completed – when Fielding received an offer he couldn’t resist from an interested buyer.
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  • Walter Oakes added a couple of conditions to the purchase —
  • he wanted a tower added to the top of the house and an elaborate “Buderim House” stained glass window in the front door.
Buderim House was brought back to life by its current owners. Photo: Ray White - 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD
Buderim House was brought back to life by its current owners. Photo: Ray White – 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

Both additions have stood the test of 102 years. Not that current owners Tim and Jackie Banks have need for the tower — they can see the ocean from their bedroom window: “There was a big ship parked off Mooloolaba yesterday,” Tim said.
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  • Fielding went on to build a very similar house nearby but he re-purchased Buderim House back in 1925 and continued to produce fruit, cattle and coffee on the land.
Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD
Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

The property is set on 6,315 square metres of land in one of Buderim’s highest points. Photo: Ray White Buderim

  • “There are coffee trees all through the yard,” Banks says. “I thought about harvesting some but… it’s a lot of work.
  • “As you come in the driveway there’s an orchard of Washington navels, mandarins and lemonade and a couple of mango trees.”
  • He said this season’s citrus had been the best in years. “We’ve been getting hundreds and hundreds.”

But the fertile land, the sub-tropical gardens and those views over the Maroochy coast are not even the biggest drawcards of this site — that crown must go to the majesty of the house itself. It is said to have hosted many a notable guest over the years, including the Duke of Gloucester.

The house is heritage listed but has been brought into the 21st century thanks to a beautiful renovation. Photo: Ray White Buderim
The house is heritage listed but has been brought into the 21st century thanks to a beautiful renovation. Photo: Ray White Buderim

The house was run down when the couple found it in 1996 but even after years of use as a function centre and tea house, with 14 unapproved toilets and a commercial kitchen whacked in downstairs, the heritage grandeur of the building was undeniable.

  • The couple got busy restoring the mountain-top beauty along with the addition of a pool, landscaped grounds and an in-character extension at the rear. Established trees were moved around the property as needed and rock walls were incorporated from stone found on the site.
  • The Banks have bought another local property, known as Rim House — “half the name and half the land of Buderim House” — and are putting their beloved home of the last 20 years under the hammer on September 16.

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Buderim House, located on a northern slope of Buderim Mountain, sits amongst established gardens which include a section of the original scrub, to the west of the building, which covered the mountain.

  • The building is a high set timber residence with corrugated iron roof and verandahs to three sides.
  • The corrugated iron roof has a central square belvedere and projecting gables with timber batten panels.
  • The verandah roofs are at a lesser pitch and the belvedere has a ribbed metal, hipped concave roof with finial, curved timber eave brackets and casement windows.

The building has timber stumps with a timber batten skirt below the verandahs. Underneath the building has been enclosed.

  • Entry is from the northern side via a twin stair to a landing and a single stair to the verandah, which is framed by an arched timber battened valance and brackets.
  • The verandah has battened timber balustrade and timber brackets, and single skin tongue and groove walls with french doors and fanlights. The recessed entry door has art nouveau leadlight fanlight, side lights and central panel with the name BUDERIM HOUSE depicted. The eastern dining room also has leadlight panels. The northeastern verandah has been screened for insects.

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Buderim House was built c1915 for Herbert Victor Fielding, son of pioneer Buderim sugar planter, mill owner and fruit grower John Fielding, who in 1876 selected nearly 49 hectares on the northern slopes of Buderim Mountain.

  • In the 1880s competition from imported sugar forced Buderim sugar planters into crop diversification, and by the late 1880s, Herbert Fielding was growing bananas on a large scale on the family property.
  • Following John Fielding’s death in 1890, the farm, by then reduced to about 40 hectares, passed to his wife Jane.
  • When Herbert Fielding acquired the property in 1906, it extended from Orme Road to Mill Road and across the present Gloucester Road to the creek.

He was a successful farmer, and in the early 1900s attended state-wide agricultural conferences as the representative of the Maroochy Pastoral Agricultural Horticultural and Industrial Association.

  • He is believed to have erected his first house on the property after his marriage in late 1904.
  • This house and part of the farm was sold c.1915, at which time he erected Buderim House on a 16 hectare section of the property, on the highest point of the northern slope of Mt Buderim, overlooking the Maroochy coast and river valley.
  • The architect was George Trotter of Corinda, and the contractor was Kangaroo Point builder Christian Schriver.
  • Prior to its completion, the house on about 11 hectares was sold in 1915 to Walter Frank Oakes, who insisted on the addition of a tower, flagpole and the inclusion of the name Buderim House in the leadlight panel in the front door, before the sale could be finalised. Oakes grew bananas on the property. Fielding meanwhile erected a third house on his remaining Gloucester Road farming land, from the same plan as Buderim House.

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  • Murphy, later an alderman in the Maroochy Shire Council, developed the present gardens around the house in the 1930s. He sold the house in 1954, and the land was subdivided further in 1967. The house now stands on about 0.6 hectares.

Close to the house a small section of vine scrub, known as Fielding’s Scrub, was left as a break against the westerly winds. It remains one of the few vestiges of the dense scrub which covered Buderim Mountain and hindered agricultural development of the area in the 1870s. The cocos palms [Cocos nucifera L.] in this scrub reputedly were seeded by Fielding.

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“Buderim House” showcases the very finest of Buderim living, embodying a colourful history, stunning views, magnificent gardens, and exceptional elegance and grace; whilst still functioning as a welcoming family home that seamlessly blends its character and tradition with the comforts of superior contemporary living.

  • Circa 1913, the home’s grandeur and savoir vivre still shines brightly; there is nothing comparable on the Sunshine Coast for pure old-world majesty and refinement, it truly stands alone. Heritage listed, it is the one of the areas most significant homes, with a commanding presence and timeless appeal.
  • Sale and photos


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Glendalough, North Adelaide

Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.

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Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.
Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.

Glendalough is considered one of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in North Adelaide.


This house is an important example of the type of residences constructed in North Adelaide during the 1890s-1920s, and reflects the design, details and building materials commonly in use at that time. The significant number of stone and brick residences, like this house, constructed between 1890 and 1920 throughout this section of the city, are an important element of the distinctive historic residential character of North Adelaide.

Glendalough is a substantial freestone residence fully renovated to the highest of standards

Historical walking trail through North Adelaide Heritage, #5 on the corner is Glendalough House.
Historical walking trail through North Adelaide Heritage, #5 on the corner is Glendalough House.


  • Located in one of Adelaide’s most prestigious locations, this property provides the optimum lifestyle and is situated on an enviable corner allotment of 876 sqm approx.
  • A fixture on the prestigious suburb’s heritage walk, it was built in 1913 for businessman TC Craven at a cost of £1500.
    • TC Craven bought half an acre on the western part of Town Acre 809 and built two houses.
    • This property was built in 1913 by contractor GW Walsh for £1500 and the other house on Hill Street in 1917.
    • This Edwardian period residence displays a full range of typical design elements including a roof clad in Marseilles tiles, rock faced freestone walls with face red brick panels and window/door dressings, window hoods and tall brick chimneys capped with terra cotta chimney pots.
  • But when Theo Maras bought it in 1982, some people considered it an odd choice for a family home.
  • “I saw the house as an opportunity,” says Maras, a high-profile Adelaide property developer and investor.
  • “It had been divided into three units and I thought it was something for me to get my teeth into. I could restore the house in keeping with what was already there.”
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Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide and recalls business chats around the table

  • Keen on the central location but also the stunning jacarandas that were bursting with lavender blooms upon his first visit to Barnard Street, Maras bought the house and set to work on an extension that included a gym, sauna, spa and garage.
  • He insisted it should be in keeping with the original Edwardian architecture, which is characterised by its complex roof form, timber gable details, rock-faced freestone walls with red-brick panels and elaborate window and door dressings.
  • “When we bought the home, people in those days hadn’t really started to get stuck into houses or do them up the way they should be done up… [renovations] weren’t in keeping with the architecture, it just didn’t happen,” says Maras, who is chairman of the Heritage Foundation at the University of Adelaide and whose service to the community has earned him a Member of the Order of Australia.


Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide
Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide
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In a bid to preserve the integrity of Glendalough, he sourced original materials such as the imported Marseilles roof tiles and mirrored the original brick work on the extensions. Many visitors have been unable to tell the old from the new in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home.

  • The landscaped 876sqm corner block sits in a tightly held suburb noted for its central location and long history. The residential area was laid out in 1836 as part of Colonel William Light’s plans for Adelaide, which saw the city centre and North Adelaide grids encircled by parklands.
  • Just up Barnard Street is the green oasis of Wellington Square; Adelaide Oval and the zoo, aquatic centre, golf course and CBD are all within easy access.
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Two years ago, Glendalough’s interiors underwent a nine-month renovation. Neutral colours were introduced to complement the original timber features, leadlight windows and doors of the elegant formal rooms at the front; a state-of the art new kitchen now graces the light-filled informal living and dining area at the rear.

  • “We didn’t want to leave but after 33 years it needed to be refurbished,” says Maras. “After it was done we fell back in love with it and if we weren’t in the house we’re in now we would have moved back. For me it was never a piece of real estate, it was a part of my soul.”
  • Surrounded by parklands, North Adelaide is a tightly held urban precinct with many fine examples of Victorian and Federation homes. Its median house value was $949,438 at the end of June 2017. The City of Adelaide local government area’s median house value was $734,475.
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Business legend sells North Adelaide house, Glendalough
Business legend sells North Adelaide house, Glendalough

Character Houses

The future of Australia’s Character Houses

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Character Houses
Character Houses

Heritage and character buildings are valued by many city residents, and are an important component of defining neighbourhood identity and character.

“Our Brisbane housing stock from the 1910’s and 20’s represents a high point of Queensland vernacular architecture, and its cultural (and monetary) value will only increase as the years go by.” – House Histories

  • “From the 1930’s we have inherited a collection of very distinct styles – Spanish Californian, Functionalist, Art Deco, Old English etc.”
  • “All of these buildings are irreplaceable and add great character to our suburban landscape.”- House Histories
  • Neighbourhood character refers to the ‘look and feel of an area’, in particular a residential area. …- Wikipedia
  • In Victoria this neighbourhood character is protected by Neighbourhood Residential Zoning (see below)

Character Homes

A character home is defined as a home that:

Older Queenslander
Older Queenslander

eg for Brisbane, QLD,[3]
“Houses built in or before 1946 are to be retained, and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.”

“New houses are to be designed to fit in with the character of the street.”

“In October of 1995, Council introduced a blanket layer of protection over suburbs where the majority of homes had been built before the end of World War II.” (DCP overlay)

    • “After World Expo 88, Brisbane boomed and land values increased. This extra protection was needed to stop the demolition of large numbers of older homes, many of which were on two blocks of land.”

For example, In Melbourne:

  • South-eastern councils including Boroondara, Bayside, Glen Eira and Whitehorse are avoiding development by locking up large swaths of their suburbs with a restrictive “neighbourhood” zone which bans medium-density housing. – The Age
    • eg. The implementation of these new Boroondara residential zones … offer the type of controls residents have been calling for over a long period, including mandatory building heights and, in most areas, stricter standards for the look and feel of an area.[4]
    • The protection of the established character of Boroondara’s residential areas is highly valued by the local community, (and) is the guiding principle that Council is seeking to achieve.


Saving Brisbane’s Character Homes

  1. “The most significant and stately of our older Brisbane homes, mostly Queenslanders, are heritage-listed.”
  2. “But not all Queenslanders are suitable for a place in the Heritage Register because they are just too numerous.”

“Many people think that Brisbane’s old-style timber homes with their shady verandahs and tin roofs, which line the hilly streets of inner suburbs like Paddington, are the essence of ‘Brisbane’.[5] (for example, the beauty and quirkiness of Brisbane and its people)

  • “You won’t see suburbs like this in Paris or Shanghai. You won’t even find them in Melbourne or Sydney.”
  • “Queensland is the only place in Australia where building homes from timber was a strong tradition, right up until World War II.”

“Character homes are an important component of neighbourhood identity and vibrancy and retaining them also helps meet greenest city goals.”

Protecting Character Homes? From THE AGE
Protecting Character Homes? From THE AGE

“From churches and worker’s cottages, Queenslanders and traditional corner stores, to Californian bungalows and pre-federation houses, Brisbane’s heritage and character buildings reflect the best of Australian architecture and the city’s local history.

  • In order to protect Brisbane’s past and maintain the architectural heritage and character of our city and suburbs, the Brisbane City Plan outlines requirements for appropriate development in Brisbane’s older suburbs, and for renovating, demolishing or removing some buildings.”
  • Demolition Control Precinct (DCP)’.
    You cannot demolish or remove a building built before 1947 in a Demolition Control Precinct without approval. There are also rules about renovating or building in a DCP.”

Secretary of the Beaumaris Conservation Society, Chris Sutton has been fighting local inappropriate development for years.
He is delighted his south-eastern suburb has been given the protection of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) and that battles at VCAT over future developments may be over.

*Original features of character homes

  • Character buildings can be defined by a number of criteria.[6]
  • Your home is most likely a character building if it was constructed before 1940 and has character features such as authentic or period…
    1. massing (grouping of windows, or of filigree timberwork),
    2. period roof form,
    3. period front porch,
    4. authentic exterior wall materials,
    5. authentic window openings, frames and details.
Character porch details
Character porch details

Character Merit Checklist

  • as used by City of Vancouver, Canada[7]
    • Original roof form
    • Original open front porch or verandah
    • Original (timber) cladding
    • Period windows (50% or more), original location, size and shape
    • Original window casings or trim (50% or more)
    • Period details or decorative elements (e.g. two or more brackets, beams, joist ends)
    • Other period features (e.g. porch, roof, foundation)
  • Not all pre-1940 homes have Character Merit
  • However it is estimated that 80% of pre-1940 homes retain sufficient features to be considered as having Character Merit.

Character Housing and the New Brisbane City Plan

To illustrate the application of the DCP codes, let’s look at some examples.

  • The two houses below are within the DCP but only the cottage to the right is protected, based on a pre-1946 construction date.
  • The house to the left, a typical post-war conventional, may be removed by the owner.
  • The Council refers mainly to the comprehensive set of 1946 aerial photos to identify buildings that existed as of that year.


Character Homes in Brisbane QLD
Character Homes in Brisbane QLD


  • However, pre-1946 houses within the DCP can be demolished or substantially modified under certain circumstances.

In the below pictures, the fabulous little 1800’s worker’s cottage to the left has been deemed structurally unsound and irreparable, and therefore approved for demolition.

  • A complete demolition by any reasonable definition but apparently still compliant with code.
Conserve or demolish?
Conserve or demolish?

New construction in DCPs is assessed under the Residential Character Code to ensure that designs are compatibile with the surrounding streetscape.

  • This was many months ago and the house still stands – thankfully, but its fate may be sealed.

The tragedy/travesty to the right is from Windsor, and illustrates a case where distinguishing features of the original building have been ordered to be preserved.

  • And there it is – a single gable facade, high in the air, waiting for a new box to be tucked to the back.
  • A complete demolition by any reasonable definition but apparently still compliant with code.


The Difference between Heritage and Character

Brisbane City defines four groups of Heritage and Character building types:

Brisbane Overlay maps

Overlay What is the intent? What are the rules?
1. Traditional building character overlay
(known as the Demolition control precinct in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
Maintain traditional character in streets where there are houses built in or before 1946. Examples are traditional timber and tin Queenslanders and 1920’s masonry art deco buildings. Houses built in or before 1946 are to be retained and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.

New houses are to be designed to fit in with the character of the street.

2. Commercial character building overlay
(known as the Commercial character building area classification in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
Allow a range of compatible uses to take place in traditional corner shops. Commercial character buildings are to be retained and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.

Compatible uses such as small shops, offices and services may be located in Commercial character buildings even when in zones where these uses would not otherwise be allowed, such as residential zones.

3. Pre-1911 building overlay Retain houses built before 1911. In some cases they may be relocated to another suitable location. Houses built before 1911 are to be retained and any extensions should not alter the original parts of the house.

Where a pre-1911 house is located in a zone that is not intended for houses, for example an Industrial zone or the High density residential zone, the house may be relocated to another house lot that is in the Traditional building character overlay.

4. Heritage overlay
(known as Heritage places in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
Protect specific buildings and places of heritage significance. Heritage places can be of local, state, national or world heritage significance. Heritage places are to be retained and restored to preserve their heritage value. Development on sites next to heritage places should not impact the values of the heritage place.
Reference Source

Why is pre-1940 or even pre-1946 a Criterion?

The Second World War (1939-1945) stopped most housing construction (by 1940) until military operations ceased, since all available resources were re-directed for the war effort.

Characater Arts and Crafts streetscape in Vancouver, Canada
Characater Arts and Crafts streetscape in Vancouver, Canada

In 1945-1946 the remaining members of the armed forces were demobilised and returned to their home towns.

  • Brisbane Council has aerial maps of Brisbane in 1946, so that explains why Brisbane’s date criterion is later than normal.

Refugees also flowed into the newer population centres such as Canada and Australia.

  • Western cities grew rapidly in the late 1940s and 1950s as a result of post-war immigration and the baby boom.
  • Housing contractors began to mass-produce houses
    eg in Brisbane, (the Dutch built housing at Coopers Plainsand the French built at Zillmere, both outer suburbs of Brisbane) to cater for the chronic Queensland housing shortage after WW2.

Character Homes are valuable

  • Scarcity of character houses will continue to increase their value, according to buyers’ agents (independent consultants acting for property purchasers).

Doing more with Character Homes

Capitalising on a Queensland Federation-style character home
Capitalising on a Queensland Federation-style character home


There are a lot of older properties in great locations packed with potential.

If you look at all these old beauties with fresh eyes, it’s amazing what opportunities you’ll really see.[8]
Capitalising on a character home doesn’t necessarily mean major costly renovations.

  • There are a number of things you can do to breathe new life into an older house without extensive remodelling.
  • You don’t need to be a master builder, or even a tradesman to make simple, quality changes.
  • With a sound structure and an eye for detail, you can turn a tired house into a fresh new home filled with character.
    Read more

A record 800 ‘historic’ houses being demolished every week in Australia

by Duncan Hughes May 5 2016 at 6:30 AM Australian Financial Review

Stately Federation home from Nelson Road, Lindfield
Stately Federation home from Nelson Road, Lindfield

external image 1426318770901.pngby Duncan Hughes
A record 800 heritage and “character” houses are falling under demolition hammers each week, destroying miles of unique streetscapes and slicing billions off their value.

  • The number of demolitions is almost one-third higher than previous estimates because it takes into account more suburbs in every capital, according to Phillip Almeida, director of Acquisitions Performance Advisory, which monitors national property markets. Read more:


A record 800 heritage and “character” houses are falling under demolition hammers each week, destroying miles of unique streetscapes and slicing billions off their value.

  • The number of demolitions is almost one-third higher than previous estimates because it takes into account more suburbs in every capital, according to Phillip Almeida, director of Acquisitions Performance Advisory, which monitors national property markets.
New homes and renovations in character areas must fit in with other homes in thestreet.
New homes and renovations in character areas must fit in with other homes in thestreet.

Original houses remaining in a streetscape transformed by a “McMansion” (a house or apartment considered to be ostentatious or lacking in architectural integrity) can lose between 10 and 25 per cent of their value from the loss of street appeal, say property specialists.

  • It could also be a short-sighted strategy for owner-developers because scarcity of character houses, which in many cases can be adapted to modern living requirements, will continue to increase their value, according to buyers’ agents (independent consultants acting for property purchasers).

A bewildering mix of local and state agencies, councils, government bodies, local planning instruments and environmental controls mean determined developers can drive a wide-shovelled bulldozer through preservation laws.

  • “Profit-driven developers and Asian buyers in search of ‘trophy’ homes are responsible for the rapid disappearance of these dwellings,” says Almeida.

Most Vulnerable Homes

Most vulnerable periods are Victorian, Edwardian, Queenslander, Californian bungalow, Spanish mission and art deco, says Almeida. Property styles include homes, terraces and smaller apartments with under 12 dwellings, he says.

  • He estimates the nation’s stock has shrunk by more than 2 per cent to about 8 per cent in the past 30 months, reflecting local and overseas demand for prime locations in popular Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane postcodes

Unique streetscapes

Melbourne and Sydney have unique urban streetscapes from the building booms of the late 19th century when they were transit points for the gold fields and among the world’s richest cities.

  • A lot of damage was done to their character during the 1960s thanks to misguided attempts at modernization, developer greed, lax councils and a failure by state and federal government to protect their heritage.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/a-record-800-historic-houses-being-demolished-every-week-20160502-goklne#ixzz4emvnLpA0

Council protection for city’s historic ‘character homes’

Tony Moore Brisbane Times, NOVEMBER 5 2011

More than 2400 pre-1900 Brisbane character homes that could have been demolished have been identified after a five-month aerial survey by Brisbane City Council.

  • Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that aerial survey work identified houses that could have been demolished.
  • From next Tuesday Brisbane City Council will start to apply temporary local plans to protect the first two (groups) of the properties.
A total 2475 pre-1900s Brisbane homes have so far been identified by Brisbane City Council as bieng worthy of protection ...
A total 2475 pre-1900s Brisbane homes have so far been identified by Brisbane City Council as bieng worthy of protection …
  • At Tuesday’s council meeting ‘‘temporary local planning instruments’’ will be put in place to guard homes in Baines Street, Kangaroo Point and in Manchester Terrace, Taringa.
  • To date, 2475 older Brisbane homes have been identified which have effectively slipped through the cracks of local planning controls.
  • Under the changes, any application to demolish the home must be assessed before the full council.
  • Read more

“Playing By The Rules”

Character Home protection in Brisbane, QLD:

“It’s difficult to get approval to demolish a home built before 1947, or even part of an older home, within a Demolition Control Permit overlay.

  • Generally, if you want to demolish all or part of a pre-1947 building in a DCP, you have to
    A character home at Roy St Ashgrove.
    A character home at Roy St Ashgrove.
    • submit a development application (including forms and fees),
    • provide a town planning report and
    • perhaps other reports from a structural engineer and an architect.

All of this takes time and money.

  • If a character house contributes to the look of the street, has not been substantially altered and is capable of repair, Council will probably say ‘no’ to your application.
  • You’ll also need approval to demolish any free standing buildings built prior to 1947 such as sheds and garages on the property, unless they are at the rear of your property.”[9]

QLD News:

More Brisbane character homes under threat

Tom Snowdon, The Courier-Mail October 28, 2016 1:00am

One of the homes at Real Ave, Norman Park
One of the homes at Real Ave, Norman Park

The city’s planning chief called on the State Government to make urgent changes to planning legislation that would hand council more enforcement powers while extending the notification period for approvals.
The call comes amid a bitter legal stoush that has been raging since 2010 between the council and the private certifier about the right to conduct building work on homes….

  • Outside court, the certifier refused to comment on whether he had plans to approve the demolition of other character homes.
  • He said the council was ignoring the earlier court rulings in pursuing his clients for lawful alterations to character properties.

Read more

Demolition or De-construction?
Demolition or De-construction?


Demolition by Deconstruction vs. Conventional Demolition

Conventional demolition involves rapidly knocking-down and removing a house using heavy equipment.

  • It usually takes a couple of days and produces tonnes of mixed demolition waste.
  • Mixed demolition waste generally ends up in the landfill because it is difficult to separate various materials for recycling.

Deconstruction means taking apart the house more carefully and systematically instead of knocking it down rapidly with heavy equipment.

  • By using deconstruction techniques, wood and other materials can be separated, sorted, and can be more easily reused and recycled – much like the way you separate your household waste for recycling.
  • Deconstruction requires a small increase in time and typically involves a crew with additional personnel.
  • Deconstruction techniques are one way to achieve the reuse and recycling requirements

Where are Australia’s Character Homes?

A Brisbane Character Home streetscape
A Brisbane Character Home streetscape


  1. Brisbane’s Character suburbs
  2. Sydney’s Character suburbs
  3. Canberra’s Character suburbs
  4. Melbourne’s Character suburbs
  5. Hobart’s Character suburbs
  6. Adelaide’s Character suburbs
  7. Perth’s Character suburbs

1. Brisbane’s Character Homes

Most of the typical 19th century houses around inner Brisbane date from the 1880s.

  • Examples of this period houses can be seen in Paddington, Red Hill, Highgate Hill and East Brisbane.

Porch-and-Gable, Multi-gable Bungalows

The interwar building boom saw the construction of the porch-and-gable and multi-gable bungalows that characterise much of Brisbane’s timber-and-tin housing, particularly in suburbs such as Ashgrove.

Art Nouveau & Californian bungalows

To a lesser extent, the 1920s and 1930s also gave rise to more derivative domestic architecture – Californian bungalows as well as Spanish Mission, Old English, Functionalist and Art Deco style houses and flats.

  • These houses were often constructed in masonry and there are examples in suburbs such as New Farm, Bardon, Spring Hill, Coorparoo & Chelmer.

Queensland Heritage House History

Evolution of the Queenslander housing styles
Evolution of the Queenslander housing styles


Workers Cottages / Dwellings

Queensland Government Workers’ Dwelling Scheme
Tens of thousands of workers’ homes were funded by the Corporation across the state, for a range of pre-approved designs and in accordance with strict eligibility criteria for for applicants.

  • The catalogue includes high-set bungalow and transverse gabled patterns and also introduces the multi-gable designs that came to predominate later in the decade.
  • In many ways the collection represents the golden age of timber architecture in Queensland with an incredible variety of ornate and often fairly spacious designs, a testament to the prosperous “roaring twenties” and the resources invested by contemporary society in humble workers’ houses.
  • The designs are found throughout our character neighbourhoods and inner suburbs.[10]

Federation period 1890s-1910s

  • 4. Bungalow-roofed house
  • 5. Asymmetrical bungalow-roofed house
  • 6. Queen Anne style house

Interwar period 1920s-1930s

  • 7. Porch-and-gable house
  • 8. Multi-gable house
  • 9. Californian Bungalow style house
  • 10. Spanish Mission style house
  • 11. Old English style house
Brisbane's Housing Types
Brisbane’s Housing Types

For the South-east suburbs of Coorparoo, Greenslopes, Camp Hill, Holland Park and Holland Park West.

  • Any development on such a site must protect the existing dwelling built in 1946 or before while allowing new one- or two-storey dwellings to be built in the character zone precinct.
  • Not proceeding with medium density proposals in some areas in Greenslopes and Holland Park, including Denman Street
  • Increasing the number of properties to be included in the character residential zone, particularly in Camp Hill and Greenslopes

My Brisbane suburb picks

Peter Switzer

My favourite suburbs where I think there are great buying opportunities available now for future capital growth.

Kelvin Gove

  • Kelvin Grove is just 4km north west of Brisbane CBD.
  • A central hub for university students, hospital staff and city workers, it’s home to the Queensland University of Technology campus with The Royal Brisbane Hospital just next door in Herston.
  • Due to its convenience, Kelvin Grove is gaining in popularity so demand for property is strengthening.
  • Most of the homes are renovated post-war workers’ cottages and Queenslander-style homes.
  • Many hip young buyers are particularly attracted to Kelvin Grove’s urban village, with its trendy apartments, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes.


  • Bulimba is one of Brisbane’s most prosperous leafy riverside suburbs.
  • It’s highly desirable among family buyers due to its close proximity to well-known schools and its beautiful local parks including Bulimba Memorial Park and Vic Lucas Park.
  • It’s also known for its thriving Oxford Street precinct with many cafés, restaurants and a cinema complex.
  • Bulimba has undergone a significant transformation since the 1990s with many of its residents choosing to buy and renovate. This has had a very positive impact as the suburb continues to experience high demand.


  • Hamilton is without doubt one of Brisbane’s most prestigious suburbs, catering for owner-occupiers and investors alike with its admired views of the Brisbane River.
  • It is located approximately 6km from Brisbane CBD and is within walking distance of landmarks including the Eagle Farm Racecourse and Breakfast Creek Wharf.
  • Hamilton has experienced strong growth in median house prices over the past five years, however, the median house price does not reflect the diversity of properties and prices points available within the suburb.

New Farm

  • New Farm has seen an influx of professionals and trendsetters who have transformed the area into one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs.
  • Despite its increasing popularity with young singles and couples, there is still a wide variety of houses available, ranging from historical workers’ cottages and colonials through to art deco blocks of flats and modern contemporary homes and apartments.

2. Where to find Sydney’s affordable character homes



A "classic Federation" home
A “classic Federation” home

These days, it can be hard to find a character home in Sydney for less than $1 million that’s not falling down.
If you add the term “partially renovated”, the task gets even harder.[11]

  • For those on a budget, classic period pockets such as Mosman, Haberfield, Strathfield and Queens Park are out of the question.
  • But all is not lost for those looking to capture a piece of Sydney’s rich architectural history.

A surprising number of suburbs have little-known gems that successfully combine original features, modern conveniences and an affordable price tag.

154 old canterbury road summer hill nsw 2130
154 old canterbury road summer hill nsw 2130



Off the Princes Highway, about eight kilometres south of the city, Arncliffe is richFederation country.

  • First subdivided in the early 1800s, the area was dominated by farmers’ markets, tradespeople and pioneers.
  • Many of the homes have been saved, restored or renovated and while it may be too far south for some or too close to the airport for others, this area takes pride in its period homes.
  • Rockdale City Council has completed a heritage study of the area to identify buildings and houses that are worth preserving and has taken an active stance on heritage listings and how they can benefit owners.

McGrath agent Nigel McAllister (0413 001 121) says “I just don’t think Arncliffe has reached its full potential yet, It will get there one day, but you can still buy some affordable character homes.”[12]

  • McAllister says a high percentage of homes have often been changed inside, with original features such as fireplaces taken out.
  • However, he says there’s an overwhelming desire from buyers to find something with character as well as potential to have a modern liveable home. See also Bexley and Banksia
    • View houses to buy in Arncliffe and surrounds.


Budget-conscious buyers with an appetite for detailed facades, marble fireplaces and ornate ceilings should consider Canterbury.

36 Howard Street, Canterbury, NSW 2193
36 Howard Street, Canterbury, NSW 2193


  • While the suburb is not considered as hip as some areas, LJ Hooker Marrickville agent Jonathan Ford (0416 226 760) says it’s a forgotten gem.
    • A two-bedroom Federation freestanding house renovated in the past few years, still has original features such as high ceilings and timber floors on a 500 sq m block.
  • “There’s a steady supply and people are looking at it as a sleeping suburb … I think in three to five years it will get a good following,” Ford says.
  • “There’s a good public school here, it’s a quiet pocket, there’s a 10-minute walk to the station, there’s a lot of good things going for it.
  • It’s a question of affordability without compromising on location. Families and couples can get a nice-sized block and grow into the home. They don’t have to shift – they can extend and grow into it.”

Hurlstone Park

  • In nearby Hurlstone Park, a renovated two-bedroom 1910 Federation semi, was expected to go to auction on November 17 (2007) through Harris Tripp First National.
  • A Duntroon Street home, on 266 sq m is one example of affordable character homes available in the area.
    • Close to Marrickville Golf Course and the Cooks River, its original features include formal living areas, ornate ceilings and fireplaces. A new kitchen, bathroom and rear entertainment deck have been added.
    • See also Marrickville


Away from the bustle of Ashfield’s main street – with its dumpling restaurants, fruit and vegetable barns and other Asian delicacies – are myriad eye-catching period homes.

  • While less than 30 per cent of the properties are houses, it is possible to find a two- or three-bedroom Federation house or semi, renovated.

Harris Tripp First National principal Virginia Nicoll says Ashfield, particularly on the Summer Hill side, has many quality period homes.

  • Buyers are looking for their first home and Nicoll says most are professional young couples with no kids.
  • “There’s good value in Ashfield – it’s a bit cheaper than Summer Hill and you get more for your money, bigger blocks, bigger homes,” she says.
  • “You get a lot of people coming here upgrading from units or rental properties in Summer Hill and Marrickville. A lot of them still want original features, the classical features and you pay for that.
  • “The majority, however, want a blend of both worlds.
  • Buyers want absolutely original features like ornate ceilings but want the comforts of today’s homes with a modern bathroom and kitchen.”
  • See also Summer Hill and Lewisham
    • View houses to buy in Ashfield and surrounds.


There’s a village atmosphere, wide, tree-lined streets and a short hop to the city.

44 Alfred Street, Annandale, NSW 2038
44 Alfred Street, Annandale, NSW 2038


  • It’s little wonder that Annandale is a sought-after suburb for buyers of all ages.
  • But if you thought it was out of reach, think again. For every home that sells for $1 million-plus there’s something on the market for less.

Last week, Ray White Annandale agent Rob Clarke sold a freestanding two-bedroom house on 106 sq m,

  • The Victorian home was fully renovated and attracted five registered bidders.
  • You can get a small home in Annandale that was once a worker’s cottage, single level on a small block,” Clarke says.
  • “A lot of young buyers are coming in and doing a nice renovation on them. They’re freestanding or a semi, usually without parking and with two bedrooms, but it’s a good entry level in the market.”
  • See also Leichhardt
    • View houses to buy in Annandale and surrounds.


The entry price for a period home in Sydney’s northern suburbs is rarely low.
In addition, they rarely come on the market because people buy them for life.

  • A four-bedroom renovated Federation home sold at auction in Stewart Street, Eastwood.
  • Jackson says the home was on a relatively small block (553 sq m), but it was beautifully presented and had ornate ceilings and intricate fretwork.

“Australian buyers love character homes because they are so hard to find in such good condition,” he says. However he sold a renovated three-bedroom period home, on 900 sq m, at 50 Carlingford Road, Epping.

In Epping, it’s hard to find something affordable.

Character homes are often in the best locations close to schools, shops and transport, and those with their original, features command the strongest prices.

  • Epping, Eastwood and Denistone have been undervalued for a long time,” Vaughan says.
  • “People are starting to work out that not much more than half an hour out of the city they can get great property at an affordable price.”
    • View houses to buy in Eastwood and surrounds.

3. Canberra’s Character suburbs


Heritage-listed character homes charm buyers


  • Sep 27, 2014

Character homes, some of them ripe for renovation, have buyers queueing up, writes Rachel Packham.[13]

There’s something about classic homes that has Canberrans lining up for heritage-listed properties.

18 Bungonia Street Narrabundah ACT
18 Bungonia Street Narrabundah ACT


  • It’s a distinctive character that makes these homes stand out from their modern counterparts and a certain charm that attracts buyers through their doors.
  • “We find there is very strong demand for beautiful character-filled homes in the heritage areas,” Peter Blackshaw Manuka agent Louise Harget says. “This is in part because they tend to be super close to the heart of the city and partly because they just have that gorgeous feel.”

Canberra’s Garden City heritage precincts are in Forrest, Griffith and Barton in Canberra’s south and Reid, Ainslie andBraddon in the inner north.

  • “These areas are so special because they have been protected and retain the uniformed idea that Burley Griffin sparked with gardens flowing into the street,” Harget says. “The gardens in these areas, particularly at this time of the year, are also just so beautiful. Big blocks and stunning street trees add to this.”

The architecture of the homes reflects Walter Burley Griffin’s original vision for Canberra. The properties that were built to house Canberra’s first residents incorporate a mix of international architectural styles, large backyards and are usually set on a single storey – qualities that are a major drawcard for many buyers.

  • “It’s got a bit of a cult following …There’s people who want nothing more than a nice heritage cottage.
    Nic Salter-Harding

Ainslie is one of Salter-Harding’s areas of specialty.

  • It’s one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs and many of its original facades conceal a modern, luxurious interior.
  • The suburb is home to heritage-listed areas including Corroboree Park and Wakefield Gardens and restrictions guide all renovation projects in these precincts.
  • “In a nutshell, you have to keep the facade and the streetscape of the home and you have to keep with the spirit of the area,” Salter-Harding says.
    Deakin ACT: home's character
    Deakin ACT: home’s character

Architect Terry Ring of Architects Ring and Associates has worked on a number of remarkable heritage transformations in suburbs such as Griffith and Forrest.

  • “These older homes do have something,” he says.
  • “[Heritage transformations] are a matter of trying to get natural light back into the house and create a liveable home for 2014 while keeping the essence of the original home.”

Ring says the open-plan, sun-drenched spaces popular in modern builds weren’t considered in the 1920s, so renovations incorporate these features in the rear of the home.

  • “The heritage rules are quite strict and some people don’t want to go through that,” Ring says.
  • However the end result of these projects are worth the time and effort as they retain the home’s original character with all the features necessary for a comfortable, modern lifestyle.
  • “You can’t replicate original charm,” Harget says. “The heritage-significant properties can be fantastic renovation projects, respecting the facades yet upgrading internally to suit modern life.
  • They tend to be jam-packed with features such as high ceilings, fireplaces and picture rails.”

The buyers of heritage-listed properties are varied but Salter-Harding says these older properties, particularly the smaller cottages in the inner north, are attracting a growing younger market.

  • “[Young couples] comprise a lot of the people looking for this kind of thing. With a double income and no children the space suits them at this point in their lives and it’s a great way to get into the area and extend and renovate,” he says.[14]

Heritage hot spots in the ACT



  • Braddon is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs and construction began in 1921.
  • It was originally home to lower-income public servants and workers responsible for building the civic centre.


  • Construction of Ainslie’s Corroboree Park and Wakefield Gardens housing precincts began in 1925.
  • The precincts initially housed tradesmen involved in the construction of the city’s early commercial and residential areas.


  • Reid includes the heritage-listed St John the Baptist Church, consecrated in 1845. However, most of the suburb was constructed in 1926 and 1927.
  • The Reid Housing Precinct includes many examples of noted architect Kenneth H Oliphant’s work.
    Nadine and Antolin's classic Canberra home
    Nadine and Antolin’s classic Canberra home


  • Construction of Griffith’s heritage-listed Blandfordia 5 Housing Precinct began in 1926.
  • Many of Canberra’s inner suburbs were constructed around this time to provide public-servant housing before the opening of Old Parliament House in 1927.


  • The Barton Housing Precinct includes many facets integral to Walter Burley Griffin’s original plan for Canberra including Telopea Park with residential areas on either side.



  • Heritage-listed areas dominate the suburb of Forrest.
  • These areas include the Forrest Housing Precinct and the Blandfordia 4 Housing Precinct which exemplify Burley Griffin’s garden city vision.



4. Melbourne Character zones

The small Melbourne houses surging in value

Sep 3, 2016 Chris Tolhurst

Small period homes are surging in value across inner Melbourne.
Small period homes are surging in value across inner Melbourne.

Small period homes are surging in value across inner Melbourne, according to new data compiled by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.

Single-fronted and smaller double-fronted Victorian and Edwardian houses within 10 kilometres of the CBD have been selling for as much as $10,000 per square metre in the past three months as buyers focus on small, character homes in good locations.

The most sought after area for these smaller houses has been in Melbourne’s north and inner west, where many buyers look for value.

Smaller houses in Melbourne's north and inner west.
Smaller houses in Melbourne’s north and inner west.

Photos: Jellis Craig.
Northcote has seen a $200,000 rise in the past three months (from June 1 to August 20) compared to the same period last year, according to the REIV.

This growth, of close to 30 per cent, is just ahead of Footscray which has seen a $253,000 increase (25 per cent ahead of the same period last year).

REIV chief executive Geoff White said that with development growth in the inner suburbs, there were fewer character homes than there were in the past.

“Yet they seem to be just as popular as ever before – with the demand, and lower supply, leading to prices close to or above $1 million for these smaller homes,” he said.

Suburb Jun-Aug 2016 median Jun-Aug 2016 median Change
Northcote $1,097,500 $847,500 29%
Footscray $757,500 $604,500 25%
Williamstown $920,000 $807,500 14%
Richmond $1,027,500 $980,000 5%
Ascot Vale $843,000 $805,000 5%
Moonee Ponds $857,500 $823,000 4%
Preston $770,000 $745,000 3%


Neighbourhood Residential Zoning

Many councils have asked to have at least three-quarters of their suburbs allocated to the NRZ, which limits development to single dwelling and dual occupancies, and has a mandatory height limit of eight metres, or two storeys.

Map Figure 4.8 Median house price (June 2012) by suburb, within the City of Melbourne
Map Figure 4.8 Median house price (June 2012) by suburb, within the City of Melbourne

Boroondara, which includes the leafy inner-eastern suburbs of

  • Kew, Camberwell, Balwyn and Glen Iris, has allocated 80 per cent of its suburban area to the NRZ.
  • Glen Eira has allocated 78 per cent, while Moonee Valley and Kingston have set aside over 75 per cent.
  • Boroondara has also curbed even dual-occupancy developments from its suburb by stipulating a minimum land size of 400 square metres for development.
  • Lots will thus need to be a minimum 800 square metres or more in order to be subdivided.

Hansen says the initial idea of the plan was to unlock the middle-ring suburbs, which include not just the heritage-rich suburbs but also those such as

  • Box Hill, Oakleigh, Reservoir and Sunshine.
  • ”There’s a lot of housing in those older middle suburbs coming to the end of its life, ripe and ready for suburban renewal, and job and infrastructure rich, and they are effectively closing [that] off to densification.”

The inner and middle suburbs are those most likely to be developed by smaller family operations, often subdividing their own suburban blocks into townhouse or unit developments, Andrew Spencer, a planner with SGS Economics and Consulting points out.

  • He says 45 per cent of new dwellings are carried out by these ”cottage construction” developers who turn around properties relatively quickly and cheaply.[15]

The NRZ in Bayside restricts development to two per lot, with a mandatory height limit of two storeys.

  • Mr Sutton would also like to see minimum lot sizes restricted to 400 square metres, as well as supporting controls to ensure future dual occupancy development respects neighbourhood character. ”But it’s a start, and the zones will evolve over time.”
  • His local council will be hoping this resident satisfaction is replicated across much of the electorate: the City of Bayside has requested 83 per cent of its suburbs be allocated to the highest protection NRZ, and is waiting to hear if the Planning Minister has approved.
  • The council has been working for years on a housing policy that would ensure that development would not ”destroy” the neighbourhood character of this historic area of Melbourne.

Chris Sutton, of Beaumaris, is pleased with how the suburb is being protected.

  • ”We believe that the distinctive neighbourhoods of Bayside are worth protecting, not just for the people who live there but for all Melburnians,” says Bayside mayor Laurence Evans.[16]

My Melbourne suburb picks

  • Monique Sasson, founder of independent property investment firm, Wakelin Property Advisory said suburbs and regions close to the CBD in Victoria could be good for investment.

Her tips for buying in Victoria are:


  • A Melbourne bayside suburb with easy access to the CBD that is especially good for older style apartments and single fronted cottages.

North Melbourne

  • An undervalued city-adjacent suburb that has retained a number of very consistent streetscapes of Victorian and Edwardian houses. contemporary home at 67 Melrose St, North Melbourne is priced between $680,000 and $720Source:Supplied
SET on 470sq m this home at 277 Bellerine St, Geelong will go to auction. Picture: reales
SET on 470sq m this home at 277 Bellerine St, Geelong will go to auction. Picture: reales


  • A cool, eclectic inner northern Melbourne suburb. Look for two-bedroom cottages and one or two-bedroom older-style apartments on quiet streets that are predominantly residential. three-bedroom sky terrace at 704/1 Lygon St, Brunswick Victoria.


  • Just seven kilometres northeast of the Melbourne CBD, Thornbury has good transport links to the city, a vibrant cafe scene and easy access to many parks.
  • Once again, good investment opportunity for older style two-bedroom houses and older-style one and two-bedroom apartments. [17]

5. Hobart’s Character Suburbs

Character Homes Hold Appeal In Hobart

18 Franklin Street, West Hobart, Tas 7000
18 Franklin Street, West Hobart, Tas 7000

Property owners in the south are tending to upgrade to areas where larger or character homes are available.

  • Among the more popular locations that offer these types of properties are the inner-city suburbs of North Hobart, West Hobart, Sandy Bay, Hobart and Battery Point.
  • Across these suburbs, older character homes and modern 4-bedroom homes are currently priced from $550,000 through to $2 million.
  • For upgraders seeking acreage properties in the Greater Hobart area, popular locations worth a look include Acton Park,Cambridge, Richmond, Lesley Vale, Grove and Neika.

Launceston – Outer Suburbs May Hold Appeal

  • For upgraders considering Launceston, popular locations include Prospect, Legana and Newnham. These suburbs are further out from the city centre but they provide a good range of facilities and services; and 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes are priced from around $350,000 to $450,000.
  • By contrast, the same sort of homes in Launceston’s well-established suburbs of East, West and South Launceston typically range in price from $270,000 to $1.1 million.
  • Among upgraders seeking acreage properties in Launceston, the suburb of Relbia is a desirable location where established homes can be purchased from $625,000. Prestige homes are typically priced closer to $1 million.

Hobart Suburb Guide

Sandy Bay

  • Sandy Bay is widely regarded as one of Hobart’s most prestigious residential areas, boasting private schools and the University of Tasmania as well as an assortment of boutiques and cafés. The tree-lined streets of SandyBay course past both modern and heritage homes, all the way to its quiet beachfront.

Battery Point

  • Battery Point drips with historic charm. The renovated workman’s cottages and narrow streets and lanes of this former port and maritime village manage to hold its heritage character while also playing host to boutique stores, restaurants and café’s, as well as some of Hobart’s most luxurious modern homes.

Hobart City

 Elboden St, South Hobart
Elboden St, South Hobart


  • Hobart City is a dynamic waterfront area where the past and the contemporary ebb and flow with casual perfection. Here sandstone buildings house plasma televisions. Steep hills meet the beautiful Derwent river. Museums adjoin café’s. An historic port welcomes the cutting-edge fleet of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Fishing boats moor behind fine seafood restaurants. Hobart, Australia’s second oldest capital, offers all the services and sights of city living minus the anxiety.

South Hobart

  • South Hobart runs from the CBD down to the historic Cascade Brewery. Beautiful period homes adjoining lush parks help make South Hobart one of the city’s most elegant suburbs. It’s an attractive area that can cater for various needs and budgets. South Hobart features easy CBD access and facilities like St JohnsCalvaryPrivateHospital.

North Hobart

  • North Hobart is where Hobart happens. This vibrant suburb is home to a restaurant and café strip that houses over twenty of Tasmania’s coolest places to snack, dine, drink and dance. Sprinkled with art galleries, North Hobart is a tasty location for those who enjoy the good life.

West Hobart

West Hobart
West Hobart


  • West Hobart has it all – city and river views, period homes, modern townhouses and easy access to the CBD. Yet despite its attractive features, West Hobart maintains affordable prices. Residents can stroll down to the North Hobart restaurant precinct or in to the CBD for shopping and entertainment.

Mt Stuart

  • Mt Stuart looks down on the harbour and hills of Hobart. Located 3km from the CBD, Mt Stuart offers a rare mix of convenience, quiet and spectacular vistas. So if horizon is what you’re after, take a look at MountStewart.

New Town

  • New Town is a popular inner-city residential suburb featuring many Federation period homes as well as two single-sex schools, a Catholic school and a primary school. This genteel suburb lies 4km north of the CBD. A shopping centre provides New Town residents with grocery, department and specialty stores. Despite its name, New Town is one of Hobart’s oldest areas, but as with most of the prestigious regions of Hobart, the classic homes are mixed with the new.


  • Dynnyrne enjoys stunning views of the DerwentRiver. This suburb shares many characteristics with its prestigious tree-lined neighbour, SandyBay – beaches, luxury homes, a sailing club, a university campus, and close proximity to the CBD. Dynnyrne is A-list Tasmania.
54 Clare Street, New Town TAS
54 Clare Street, New Town TAS


  • Taroona is an Aboriginal word meaning “Seashell”. The seaside suburb adjoins SandyBay to the south, and is bordered by the Truganini Reserve – an area criss-crossed by walking tracks leading an historic hill-top shot tower. Taroona is privy to panoramic views of the Derwent Estuary and is serviced by Taroona Primary and TaroonaHigh school.

Mount Nelson

  • Mount Nelson sits above picturesque SandyBay and The University of Tasmania. This esteemed residential suburb, affectionately known as “The Mountain”, provides panoramic views of the Derwent estuary and surrounding bushland. With the CBD just down the hill, MountNelson is perfect for those looking for a quiet area with a contemplative outlook as well as easy access to schools and facilities.

Tolmans Hill

  • Tolmans Hill features prominently on the skyline of Hobart. This new residential development is bordered by native bushland and offers good views of the river and Hobart area as well as direct access to the university, CBD and various schools.


  • Glebe, one of Hobart’s smaller suburbs, lies adjacent to the city in the same area as the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. As such, Glebe is an intimate suburb boasting a green aspect and easy CBD access.

6. Adelaide’s Character Suburbs and examples:

Charming character homes on the market

APRIL 26, 201310:52AM

Glenelg North - Eleanor Miller & Kasia Ozog, The Messenger
Glenelg North – Eleanor Miller & Kasia Ozog, The Messenger


THE stuff of picture books, chocolate boxes and movies, character homes are full of family charm – and Adelaide has plenty of them.

  • The leafy eastern suburbs are particularly known for their character offerings but, if you love heritage style, there are plenty to choose from all around town and at very different price points if you know where to look.
  • Messenger Property Writers KASIA OZOG and ELEANOR MILLER sourced these charming homes on the market, ranging from a refurbished cottage in Gawler to a villa in Dulwich with perfect presentation.


Gawler East
Gawler East

Gawler East, 32 Lyndoch Rd

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 cars
  • Agent: Peter Souter of Ray White Gawler on 0404 046 710
  • Built circa 1918, this home has a landscaped yard with rose bushes, leafy trees and red brick edging.
  • Features include high ceilings, a wide hallway, polished timber flooors, a hall archway and modern kitchen. The house is set on a 1430sq m block.
Gawler South
Gawler South

Gawler South, 18 Twelfth St

  • 3 beds, 1 bath
  • Agent: Brendan Howard of LJ Hooker – Gawler on 0416 054 731
  • Recently refurbished, this bullnose veranda property is set on an 188sq m corner allotment.
  • It has high ceilings, ornate cornices and ceiling roses as well as a wood stove (plus electric oven) and floating timber floors. The established gardens include fruit trees.
Salisbury Source:adelaidenow
Salisbury Source:adelaidenow

Salisbury, 158 Salisbury Highway

  • No price listed
  • 3 beds, 1 baths
  • Agent: Mike Lao of Ray White – Elizabeth on 0410 390 250
  • Sitting on 1827sq m, this 1915-built homestead is in the heart of Salisbury. It is made of brick and stone and is in need of some restoration and repairs.
Cockatoo Valley Source:adelaidenow
Cockatoo Valley Source:adelaidenow

Sandy Creek, 250 Pimpala Rd
4 beds, 2 baths, 4 cars
Agent: Darren Pratt of LJ Hooker – Gawler on 0428 881 406
Set on 4.86ha, on the top of a hill overlooking tree tops, this 1895 return-veranda villa has been well maintained and has 360 degree views.
Features include polished timber floors, high ceilings, a timber kitchen and horse stables.


Flagstaff Hill
Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill, 15 Glendale Ave
4bed 2bath 4car
Agent: Scott Torney, of Harcourts Aberfoyle Park, on 0416 005 531
This property features a generous floorplan of more than 400sq m of living space comprising four bedrooms and a traditional den or home office.

McLaren Vale Source:adelaidenow
McLaren Vale Source:adelaidenow

McLaren Vale, 187 Tatachilla Rd

  • 3bed 1bath 6car
  • Agent: Mike Cross, of Southgate Real Estate McLaren Vale, on 0438 323 933
  • Sitting on 1.477ha of land is this original and historic bungalow built circa 1932 has all the character of yesteryear including ornate ceilings, polished floorboards and a cellar.
Old Noarlunga Source:adelaidenow
Old Noarlunga Source:adelaidenow

Old Noarlunga, 4 Patapinda Rd
3bed 1bath 1car
Agent: Ainsley Cahoon, of Timms Real Estate – Christies Beach/ Somerton Park, on 0404 798 658
A character home built circa 1900 with ambience and warmth created by the current owners, who have lovingly renovated it throughout.

Willunga Source:adelaidenow
Willunga Source:adelaidenow

Willunga, Lot 7 Coombe Rd

  • 6bed 2bath 2car
  • Agent: Jurgen Ollwitz, of Ollwitz & Partners Real Estate Willunga, on 0408 083 107
  • A solid stone two-storey house with wide verandas, high ceilings and use of solid timber doors and fittings to further enhance the character.


Dulwich  Source:adelaidenow
Dulwich Source:adelaidenow

Dulwich, 14 Albert St

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 4 cars
  • Agent: Stephanie Williams of Harcourts – Brock Williams on 0413 874 888
  • A Queen Ann return sandstone villa, this home was built circa 1900 and is ready to move into and enjoy. It has both formal and casual living areas, high ceilings, and pretty gardens.
Kensington Gardens Source:adelaidenow
Kensington Gardens Source:adelaidenow

Kensington Gardens, 20 South Tce

  • No price listed
  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 cars
  • Agent: Richard Thwaites of LJ Hooker – Kensington on 0418 820 545
  • Set opposite Kensington Gardens Reserve, this home has 10 main rooms and 2000sq m of private gardens, all on a corner location.
  • It has a modern kitchen and family room overlooking a pool and pergola.
St Peters Source:adelaidenow
St Peters Source:adelaidenow

St Peters, 80 First Ave

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 1 cars
  • Agents: Judy Morris and Penny Riggs of Klemich Real Estate on 0418 816 901 or 0439 669 965
  • This renovated villa of eight main rooms has front and rear access.
  • Features include a bay window sitting room, high ceilings, polished floors, open fireplaces, hallway arch, leadlight glass, picture rails and a cellar.
Millswood Source:adelaidenow
Millswood Source:adelaidenow

Millswood, 8 Arundel Ave

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 4 cars
  • Agent: David Cocks of Cocks Auld Real Estate on 0418 812 181
  • Superbly renovated, this 1920’s sandstone family home is on 975sqm (approx) with fabulous north facing extensions, a separate studio and pool


Glandore Source:adelaidenow
Glandore Source:adelaidenow

Glandore, 23 Churchill Ave
4bed 2bath 2car
Agent: Craig Smith, of Gary J Smith We’re Home Plympton, on 0417 979 694
This character home blends tastefully renovated art deco and a modern extension that matches the architectural style of the original home.

Glenelg East Source:adelaidenow
Glenelg East Source:adelaidenow

Glenelg East, 101 Augusta St

  • 3bed 3bath 2car
  • Agent: Richard Wedding, of Harcourts Glenelg, on 0418 351 007
  • Something a little bit different, this two-storey character bungalow has all the character and charm of yesteryear with the added benefits of a modern upstairs extension.
Thebarton Source:adelaidenow
Thebarton Source:adelaidenow

Thebarton, 44 Kintore St
3bed 1bath 8car

  • Agent: Peter Kiritsis, of Ray White Woodville, on 0411 501 520
  • This character bungalow has been restored and updated throughout and has a large garage/workshop.
Glenelg North Source:adelaidenow
Glenelg North Source:adelaidenow

Glenelg North, 60 MacFarlane St

  • 3bed 2bath 2car
  • Agent: John Christo, of LJ Hooker Glenelg, on 0417 800 018
  • The perfect combination of a character bungalow (built circa 1925 with modern touches) and the location.
  • This property offers a beachside lifestyle

7. Heritage homes back in demand for Perth homebuyers


CHARACTER homes are continuing to demand big premiums from Perth buyers, despite a slowdown in the rest of the market.

  • Perth. 16-room Federation, two-storey home. > Sold: January 2015. $2.25m
    Perth. 16-room Federation, two-storey home. > Sold: January 2015. $2.25m

    From 1900s Victorian brick homes to classic weatherboard cottages, heritage homes are transfixing Perth buyers.

  • While the average house sits on the market for 77 days — the longest in the country — houses with quality character features are continuing to outperform, estate agents say.

Brookwood’s Patrick Harper said while he had seen a cooling in the wider premium market, unique character homes were in demand.

  • “I’m often surprised by the range of buyers a character home will attract. Both young families and older couples will be interested and you can’t necessarily pick the typical buyer,” Mr Harper said.

“Quality brick or stone homes from the 1900s always get particularly strong interest.

  • And homes that are in good condition and have been renovated tend to attract a premium.
  • However, there are also those that are a bit more knowledgeable who want to pay less for something they can renovate themselves.”
North Perth. Renovated three-bedroom 1920s home
North Perth. Renovated three-bedroom 1920s home


Heron Todd White director Brendon Ptolomey said it was an “unusual quirk” of the Perth market that character homes continued to sell well in market downturns.

“A heritage listing is something you consider when conducting a valuation,” Mr Ptolomey said. “However, that’s not to say a home being listed will magically add a premium to a home.

  • “Generally, if the home is in good condition and has been well maintained, a heritage listing will add to the appeal. However, if buyers feel they have to do a lot of work, the listing may concern them.”
Claremont. 1910 Federation heritage Sold: March 2015.
Claremont. 1910 Federation heritage Sold: March 2015.

Mr Ptolomey said buyers should check what grading a home’s listing was before purchasing to ensure they knew what could be done.

  • Heritage Perth executive director Richard Offen said there was a misconception that a heritage listing devalued a home.
  • “Numerous studies, including those conducted on homes in Shenton Park and Mount Lawley, show that a heritage listing will add value the majority of the time or, at worst, have a neutral effect,” Mr Offen said.

“There’s a widely held mistaken belief that if a home has a heritage listing you cannot change the light bulbs. However, that’s really not the case and, in fact, you can often do multiple extensions and renovations to a listed home, provided you work within the guidelines.”[18]

Perth’s best-kept-secret neighbourhoods

Nov 4, 2015 Maya Anderson

Perth's more unassuming suburbs.
Perth’s more unassuming suburbs.

Buying or renting in Perth and want to live somewhere a little special?
Here are some of Perth’s hidden gems – suburbs so lovely the locals never want to leave.

Plympton Ward precinct, East Fremantle

 Photo: Ignorant Armies
Photo: Ignorant Armies

Tucked away beyond bustling Canning Highway, the Plympton Ward precinct around George Street is one that many Perthites drive past for years but never know is there.

  • You could almost be stepping back in time when you stroll down historic George Street.

The area is made up predominantly of 19th-century houses – the construction of the Plympton Ward precinct began in 1897 – with small lots and small houses – most only two bedrooms – that linked architecturally and socially to the gold rush and the development of Fremantle’s inner harbour.

  • Now these little houses, many extended out the back, are highly desirable real estate. George Street locals love the area because of the strong community, family friendly feel and riverside location.
  • Have kids? Every Friday after school, the local playground is where it’s at – neighbourhood parents grab a pizza from down the road, a bottle of wine from the Young George bottleshop across the road, and socialise while watching the kids play.


West Leederville

If Leederville is the brash, bold, popular older sister, West Leederville is her quiet, bookish, but just as charming sweet younger sister.

  • While West Leederville is often overlooked in favour of Leederville, it has many dedicated fans who praise it for its close proximity to the city, attractive heritage streetscapes and assortment of trendy cafes such as Hylin and Piccolo’s Corner.
  • It is most popular with professional couples, singles and small families.




 252 Walcott Street, Menora
252 Walcott Street, Menora

Driving along on busy Walcott Street, it’s easy to whiz straight past Menora – not as easy to discover it.

  • Yet the locals like it that way. A small, quiet pocket of Perth tucked away alongside the more prominent suburbs of Mount Lawley, Inglewood and North Perth, Menora was an offshoot of Mount Lawley, given its name in 1954 in honour of an old theatre of the same name that was located within its borders.
  • The area’s large Jewish community also gave support for the name due to the significance of the menorah to them, and today Menora is home to one of Perth’s largest Jewish communities, making up 7.2 per cent of the population.
  • The houses are older, romantic character abodes, many gracious art deco residences from the 1930s mixed in with Californian bungalow, inter-war functional and Spanish Mission architecture.
  • Heritage protection in the area means very little development, renovation projects with good bones and lots of potential still there to be snapped up


South Fremantle

Its premier real estate is now hugely in demand, so it is hard to imagine that 30 to 40 years ago South Fremantle was thought of as something of a

 50 Lilly Street, South Fremantle
50 Lilly Street, South Fremantle

less-than-desirable area.

  • Quieter than the cappuccino strip of Fremantle and with treed streets with small low-maintenance blocks, South Fremantle is loved by locals, who enjoy being moments from beautiful South Beach, public transport and popular dining options, including Manna Wholefoods, Ootong & Lincoln and Missy Moo’s.
  • Properties include renovated terrace houses as well as workers cottages, character houses and more modern dwellings.

Gooseberry Hill

 1 Jaraba Avenue, Gooseberry Hill
1 Jaraba Avenue, Gooseberry Hill

Get away to the Perth hills in gorgeous Gooseberry Hill, half an hour east of Perth, nestled at the western base of the Darling Range.

  • Locals love the large blocks, the feeling of tranquillity, the views across to Perth city in the distance and the close-knit community.
  • Features include the Rose Garden in the grounds of the old Archbishop’s House, the Zig Zag scenic drive, historic village, arts and crafts galleries, wineries and patisseries such as Le Croissant du Moulin.
  • Most of its locals are older couples and families.


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Rilworth, Darling Point

Rilworth, 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW

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The Rilworth Renovation at Darling Point


Rilworth , 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW - as sold in 2012 for $6.5m
Rilworth , 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW – as sold in 2012 for $6.5m



Renovated and re-purposed Rilworth, sold in 2017 for $16m, with 1 year settlement terms.
Renovated and re-purposed Rilworth, sold in 2017 for $16m, with 1 year settlement terms.

With gracious proportions and traditional grandeur, the historic ‘Rillworth‘ c1910 is a residence of distinction.

  • It combines grand interiors, sun-lit outdoor areas and superb harbour views to deliver a home of enduring elegance.
  • Five Bedrooms, four Bathrooms, Three Car spaces
  • Sold: $6,500,000 in Sep 2012


Media mogul Ryan Stokes and Claire Campbell buy $16m matrimonial home in Darling Point

Domain, Feb 25, 2017 by Lucy Macken

Lucy Macken, Feb 25, 2017
Lucy Macken, Feb 25, 2017

Ryan Stokes and his new wife Claire Campbell have bought their matrimonial home on the quiet, paying $16 million for a Darling Point property down the road from his media mogul dad Kerry Stokes.

Seven Group CEO Ryan Stokes with wife Claire arriving at Kirribilli House. Photo: Christopher Pearce
Seven Group CEO Ryan Stokes with wife Claire arriving at Kirribilli House. Photo: Christopher Pearce

Ryan Stokes and his wife Claire Campbell have bought the nearby $16 million, 1910 Federation residence Rilworth as their matrimonial home overlooking Yarranabbe Park.

  • The newlyweds were on the house-hunting trail for months before their purchase of the Federation residence, known as Rilworth, with Stokes showing a preference for something on the harbourfront near his dad’s mansion but not overlooking it.
  • The couple’s new digs overlooking Yarranabbe Park fits the bill perfectly, although a delayed settlement of up to 12 months means it could be a full year before they are able to move on from Stokes’ Walsh Bay apartment.
  • Stokes, 40, and Campbell, a Queensland shoe heiress, married in December at Sydney’s historic Garden Island naval base, surrounded by 200 family and friends.
  • Despite the lengthy settlement period on the sale, the Lee family who sold it have already hit the house-hunting trail with a budget of some $10 million.

Major Renovation of a Classic Federation Home

Now comes more recent news of the off-market sale of the Darling Point mansion of dermatologist Penny Lee, wife of barrister Michael Lee, SC.

  • Architect Daniel Boddam has overseen their substantial renovation of the property in recent years, which has more than doubled in value since it last traded in 2012 for $6.5 million when sold by Marilynne Paspaley, one of Australia’s richest women, the daughter of Paspaley Pearls founder Nicholas Paspaley, [1] daughter, Marilynne, has ventured out on her own to develop luxury hotels and resorts.


Before: Rilworth in Federation Colours:

Rilworth was previously owned by Marilynne Paspaley, AM, one of Australia’s richest women, an actor and daughter of Paspaley Pearls founder Nicholas Paspaley.

Marilynne Paspaley photographed at the beach. PHOTO: Karin Calvert-Borshoff
Marilynne Paspaley photographed at the beach. PHOTO: Karin Calvert-Borshoff


Marilynne Paspaley, one of Australia’s richest women, loses bid to escape NSW land tax

  • ZACH HOPE, NT News, December 11, 2014 1:59pm
  • “TERRITORY pearling and hotels magnate Marilynne Paspaley – one of Australia’s richest women – has been caught out in a bid to escape land tax in New South Wales by a speech she made in Darwin nearly a decade ago.”
  • “Ms Paspaley, the daughter of Paspaley Pearls founder Nicholas Paspaley Sr and the company’s former executive director, argued in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal that she did not have to pay land tax on her luxury $6.5 million Sydney home between 2008 and 2012 because it was her primary place of residence.”
    • “Ms Paspaley, who is best known outside the Territory as the actor who played Tessa Korkidas in 1990s ABC program GP, presented the tribunal with evidence her home on New Beach Rd, Darling Point, Sydney was her primary place of residence because it was where she kept her valuable possessions, it was marked on airline passenger cards and it was where she entertained guests.
    • “At all times between 1990 and 2012, New Beach Rd was our treasured family home, where we entertained our friends, held our important celebrations and where we could accommodate family and friends who came to visit. This lifestyle and these events did not occur anywhere else in our lives,” Ms Paspaley told the tribunal.
    • “She argued she was an “itinerant” worker to explain lengthy absences overseas and to other homes in Australia, namely in Broome and Cullen Bay Cres in Darwin.”[2]
  • Paspaley sold it in 2012 for $6.5 million to Lee, the latter of whom undertook a decent renovation of the five-bedroom property before they gave the selling instructions to multiple agents last year.
Before renovation, Rilworth, 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point in 2012
Before renovation, Rilworth, 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point in 2012


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Built in 1910 and privately set above lock-up garaging at street level, the internal living areas have been opened up to make more of the harbour view and its private outlook over a swimming pool, and the basement excavated to allow a lift from the garage to the living areas.

  • A well-placed source confirmed it was sold by Alison Coopes, of Agency by Alison Coopes.
The original floor plan of Rilworth, Darling Point
The original floor plan of Rilworth, Darling Point

After Renovation by Daniel Boddam
“An exercise in refinement” for dermatologist Penny Lee, wife of barrister Michael Lee, SC.
The entertainment areas of Rilworth are now looking to the view, and the Federation palette refined with neutral colours, the frontage extended with outdoor living areas, garaging and pool:

  • “Perched high on the site, the existing house at Darling Point had under-utilised views of Rushcutters Bay, unfavourable orientations and a long approach from the street.
  • “We were commissioned to redesign the project, creating a sensitive addition that compliments the architectural style of the house.
  • “The interiors were also reconsidered in a calm and restful style.”

The obvious question: Is this still a ‘character home‘? Has it been denuded of its Federation style and character?

Rilworth, after renovation by architect Daniel Boddam
Rilworth, after renovation by architect Daniel Boddam

The entry was repositioned to the side of the house, decongesting the front façade so that internal spaces could open out to the view.

  • A new pool and level garden areas were added to the front, forming a podium for the building.
  • A tunnel was carved through the basement to provide direct lift access to all levels from the street.
  • Internally, the rooms were reconfigured to connect with each other through framed openings, forming uninterrupted lines of sight overlooking Rushcutters Bay.
Rilworth, 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW
Rilworth, 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW
Rilworth, 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW
Rilworth, 55 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW


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  1. ^ https://www.domain.com.au/news/media-mogul-ryan-stokes-and-claire-campbell-buy-16m-matrimonial-home-in-darling-point-20170223-gujlrg/
  2. ^ http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/marilynne-paspaley-one-of-australias-richest-women-loses-bid-to-escape-nsw-land-tax/news-story/a93ca44d2669b06a8603cb891bdf1ff6