Alba Longa, 4 Appian Way Burwood NSW 2134


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One of Sydney's most acclaimed Queen Anne houses!

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JONATHAN CHANCELLOR | 29 MARCH 2015

Tennis interrupted as Alba Longa, the Appian Way, Burwood trophy home sold

Tennis interrupted as Alba Longa, the Appian Way, Burwood trophy home sold
Tennis interrupted as Alba Longa, the Appian Way, Burwood trophy home sold


  • Alba Longa, the restored Queen Anne style home on Burwood's Appian Way, sold at weekend auction for $4,725,000. Indeed only three bidders actually got the chance to compete after the $3.8 million opening bid.
  • It was renovated in 2003.
  • The 1,796 square metre holding sold through Richardson & Wrench Strathfield selllng agent Chris Virgona who rightly advised Appian Way is regarded as one of the most exclusive addresses in Sydney. Some 300 turned up to the weekend auction, including the locals who interrupted their mid-afternoon tennis game on the court that sits within the leafy precinct.
  • One of Sydney's most outstanding bungalow precincts, the Appian Way was classified by the National Trust of Australia in 1977.

Alba Longa, the Appian Way, Burwood trophy home auction offering

Alba Longa, the restored Queen Anne style home on Burwood's Appian Way, has been listed for sale.
  • There are $4 million plus hopes for the six bedroom, four bathroom 1907 home.
  • It was renovated in 2003.
  • The 1,796 square metre holding has been scheduled for 28 March auction through Richardson & Wrench Strathfield.
  • Listing agent Chris Virgona rightly says Appian Way is regarded as one of the most exclusive addresses in Sydney.
  • Alba Longa comes with all the period features – marble and cast iron fireplaces, stained glass and leadlight windows, picture rails and ceiling rose.
  • At the end of the Japanese elm lined driveway, there is a self-contained granny flat.
  • It last traded for $1,008,500 in 1997.[1]

The Appian Way Conservation Area comprises a small but important part of the Burwood Local Government Area, protected by Burwood Local Environmental Plan No. 10, gazetted in 1985, being one of the earliest Conservation Areas gazetted in NSW. The area is thus afforded statutory protection under the Council’s planning instrument, the Burwood Planning Scheme Ordinance (BPSO), as amended.
  • Conceived as a model suburban housing estate by a wealthy Sydney businessman, George Hoskins, the Appian Way and its associated houses in Burwood Road remains as probably the finest Edwardian bungalow precinct in Sydney.
  • By virtue of its architectural cohesiveness idyllic landscaped environment of street and allotment alike with related sports reserve, this development sets a high standard by today's criteria.


House in Appian Way Burwood for sale

Date March 21, 2015
Kate Farrelly
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Alba Longa, 4 Appian Way, Burwood
Alba Longa, 4 Appian Way, Burwood

House of the week: Alba Longa, 4 Appian Way, Burwood

Alba Longa, 4 Appian Way, Burwood
  • $4 million +; 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 car spaces; Built 1907, renovated 2003; Land 1796 square metres
When wealthy industrialist George J. Hoskins built his model housing estate in the early 1900s, he decreed they were to be occupied by "selected tenants of appropriate social standing". Living on Appian Way was aspirational then, and remains so today with the surviving homes heritage-listed and rarely traded. When they do sell, these properties fetch some of the suburb's highest prices.
  • It's not difficult to see why. Appian Way delivers the visitor back in time with its grand Federation homes winding along a tree-lined avenue and around a central green owned by the residents and hosting a lawn tennis club and Edwardian pavilion clubhouse.
Alba Longa was built in the Queen Anne style and has been beautifully restored and extended. You will find all the expected period features – marble and cast iron fireplaces, stained glass and leadlight windows, picture rails and ceiling roses – but there is a lightness to their treatment which allows the home to be fresh and bright.
  • It will take a large family to fill its many rooms. There are two formal living rooms at the front of the home, one beneath the property's octagonal tower which presents as a sunny alcove in the far corner of the room. This room opens onto the covered verandah which wraps around the north-west corner of the house.
  • Six bedrooms march their way down a long, wide hall. The three on the eastern side of the house open onto a sunroom and one of these is custom-fitted as a study. The main bedroom faces west and has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite plus access to the verandah.
  • The modern kitchen and the family living and dining spaces sit at the back of the home and open to a vergola-covered deck with built-in seating.
The gardens are a highlight. Out back there is a manicured lawn, a pool and a spa surrounded by mature greenery and tall hedges. Old English box hedging is the star in the front garden, where level lawn rolls towards the house. Japanese elms line the driveway.
  • There is a self-contained granny flat adjoining the oversize double garage and plenty of storage options.
  • The owner says: "We really love the way our home opens up for entertaining, the blending of old with new and living in a unique, friendly and historic neighbourhood."
Room for improvement: Install some skylights in the darker bedrooms.


A Truly Outstanding Residence

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In a street full of grand federation homes Alba Longa stands as one of the best. Set on approx. 1796 m2 of formally landscaped grounds it overlooks the community owned Appian Way tennis courts & Pavillion
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  • The home has been cleverly restored, extended & beautified to blend its original charm & history with space, lightness, practicality & free flowing layout demanded by a modern family.
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  • Comfortable spaces to entertain, be together or just retire quietly are easily found.

It Offers
  • 5 generous bedrooms & a detached study or 6th bedroom
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  • 2 Magnificent formal rooms
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  • Gracious entrance foyer & hallway
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  • Designer kitchen with huge central bench
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  • Fabulous everyday living areas open through fold away walls to yard deck & pool area
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  • Architect designed pool & covered pool side area
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  • Luxurious & spacious fully serviced pool house / games room or guest accommodation.
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  • Long paved drive to a huge LUG
  • Sprawling lawns are bordered with Arbores & manicured old English box hedging & established trees
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Its features include
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  • Eye catching tower & distinctive octagonal verandah with tessellated tiles
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  • Beautiful fireplaces throughout
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  • Gorgeous coloured glass & bay windows, 6 breathtaking fireplaces, and ornate ceilings throughout.
  • Combination of timber & stone flooring
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  • High ornate ceilings & overhead fans
  • Only 10 minutes to Burwood centre & near to all the Districts best schools
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Appian Way is regarded as one of the most exclusive addresses in Sydney and is home to some of the most beautiful homes in the inner west
The essential character the houses of the estate are related to intersecting gabled roofs, verandahs integrated with the house under the same roofline and turned timber verandah posts. Generally, the houses are of complex, asymmetrical form, being dominated by extensive verandahs and prominent, irregular rooflines. The verandahs often have a corner emphasis and as the houses are placed on wide allotments, they tend to feature carefully designed and executed side elevations as well as street façades.
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  • Some roofs incorporate small ornamental turrets. The square turrets of “Vallambrosa”, “Capri” and “Talofa” were positioned above entrance halls and the polygonal turret of “Alba Longa” visually reinforces the shape of the verandah below.
  • The only functional turret is at “Verona”, where the turret encloses a small room. The interior of the houses are large with many rooms and involved plans based predominantly on the central hallway concept, which had long been the traditional arrangement in house planning.
  • Consequently, all the rooms are clearly defined and linked by corridors, rather than adopting open living spaces. The Appian Way houses were designed so that their residents would be able to view the recreation ground from their front verandahs.
  • The allotments within Hoskins Estate are generally large, and consequently the gardens are extensive. The width of some allotments has resulted in gardens that virtually surround the houses on all sides, and the houses do not encroach closer than at least three metres to the boundaries of their allotments. The houses have been positioned so that substantial landscaping was provided at both front and rear of the building.

  1. ^ http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/advice-and-hot-topics/trophy-homes/41431-alba-longa-the-appian-way-burwood-trophy-home-auction-offering.html