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Bellevue Hill trophy home Leura sets suburb record at $30 million


Nov 10, 2015 Lucy Macken Domain Prestige Reporter

The Bellevue Hill trophy residence Leura sold on Monday afternoon 10-Nov-2015 for more than $30 million, setting a suburb record in the process.

  • The sale by businessman Ken Allen and his wife, Christine, to an Australian buyer came the day before it was scheduled to go to auction, and for in excess of its original $30 million guide.
  • Built in the 1890s for Tom Knox, managing director of the Dalgety stock and station agency, in the Federation Queen Anne style and set on a vast 4260 square metres, the mansion includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a ballroom, tennis court and a swimming pool.

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Requiem for Spurling House


Requiem: Spurling House, 38 Black Street Brighton

38 Black Street, Brighton
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Destroyed by a suspicious fire on the morning of 31 October 2015, Spurling House, originally known as 'Purno' was designed and built in 1888 by Sydney architect (Canadian born) John Horbury Hunt and was commissioned by Miss Spurling.
38 Black Street, Brighton
38 Black Street, Brighton

  • "It was a building of paramount architectural importance. The house probably stands alone as stylistically the most innovative building in Victoria built during the nineteenth century."
  • "Although based strongly on contemporary American styles this house ignores conventional detailing and develops a new Picturesque idiom at a time when the Classical revival was overwhelming. The house was also one of Hunt's most important works." (Australian Heritage) See also description on page Arts and Crafts Housing in Australia: Spurling House, Brighton, Vic

Disaster! Toorak residents furious as developer begins demolition of $18.5m mansion
16 St Georges Road, Toorak
16 St Georges Road, Toorak

The shell of the Queen Anne home with work equipment left idle.
The shell of the Queen Anne home with work equipment left idle.

16 St Georges Road, Toorak
The shell of the Queen Anne home with work equipment left idle.


Oct 21, 2015 Emily Power Prestige reporter
$18.5 million mansion destroyed; A historic mansion is torn down in Toorak. Video by Emily Power and Kirsten Robb.



Unrenovated century-old home fetches $3.4 million at auction


Sep 12, 2015 Emily Power Prestige reporter


A time capsule home in Brunswick East – on the market for the first time in more than a century – has soared $1.6 million over reserve.
The relic Edwardian, built 105 years ago, was bought by a developer for $3.4 million at auction on Saturday.
The buyer, who will restore the unrenovated property at 1 Barkly Streetand subdivide the land at the rear – to build townhouses – beat four other bidders for the keys.
Glenvale - 1 Barkly Street, Brunswick East
Glenvale - 1 Barkly Street, Brunswick East
Glenvale – 1 Barkly Street, Brunswick East Photo: Supplied
“You literally walk up to the front door and you do step back in time,” said agent and auctioneer Alex Djorgonoski​.
The home was immediately on the market with an attempted knock-out bid of $2 million, against a reserve of $1.8 million.
From the moment the 1910 home named Glenvale – with stables that once kept Clydesdales and maid’s quarters at the back – came on the market, it was in danger of being torn down.
The enormous block raised the interest of the local church group and developers.
The enormous block raised the interest of the local church group and developers.
The enormous block raised the interest of the local church group and developers. Photo: Supplied
Mr Djorgonoski, from Nicholson Real Estate, said locals at open for inspections told him they were concerned the grand old three bedroom house would be razed.
A heritage overlay applies only to the original paint colour.
“It wasn’t particularly registered for the house, in other words there was an opportunity that someone could come here and actually pull it down,” Mr Djorgonoski said.
The home has original lead-light windows throughout.
The home has original lead-light windows throughout.
The home has original lead-light windows throughout. Photo: Supplied
“Even though we were all pushing to buyers to make sure they preserved it, because there is value in the property because it is so unique.
“Ultimately a town planning permit could have been issued for demolition.”
Mr Djorgonoski said a range of buyers were in contention at the auction, from the neighbouring church group – whose budget didn’t stretch far enough – to developers to an owner-occupier.

Decades old decor was unearthed during a huge clean-up by the executors of the owner's will.
Decades old decor was unearthed during a huge clean-up by the executors of the owner's will.
Decades old decor was unearthed during a huge clean-up by the executors of the owner’s will.Photo: Supplied





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.
  • There were $4 million plus hopes for the six bedroom, four bathroom 1907 home, so the eight registered parties had no chance of plundering the trophy home offering.
  • 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. In the centre of the street is a picket-fenced recreation area that originally consisted of a pavilion, tennis court, croquet green and bowling lawn. In 1909, the croquet lawn was removed and a tennis club established. The weatherboard pavilion is a gracious reminder of the precinct's early days.
  • Property Observer columnist Margie Blok once noted Appian Way houses were designed so the occupants could view the recreation area from their front veranda.

The garden suburb Alba Longa listing cames with all the internal period features – marble and cast iron fireplaces, stained glass and leadlight windows, picture rails and ceiling rose.
  • It last traded for $1,008,500 in 1997. Built in the Queen Anne style with an octagonal tower above the nook of the drawing room, Mrs Mowbray Forrest lived there from 1907 until 1911, Henry Moses occupied the house between 1911 and 1914, and then Hedley Dawborn moved in and lived at Alba Longa until 1925.
  • The wealthy industrialist George Hoskins - who had lived at Burwood since 1893 in a magnificent mansion that he built, called St Cloud - developed the Appian Way as a model residential area.
  • In keeping with the Appian Way theme, Alba Longa takes the name of an ancient city of Latium in central Italy.



Real estate agents have had a hard time finding suitable spinsters to rent the cottages.
Real estate agents have had a hard time finding suitable spinsters to rent the cottages.

The (Federation) cottages in Latour Street Longford were rented to local spinsters for decades, according to the will of Miss Sarah Noake.
Posted Sat 7 Feb 2015, 1:09pm

(Federation) 'Spinster cottages' in Longford can't be sold despite lack of eligible women, judge rules

By Ellen CoulterUpdated about 3 hours agoSat 7 Feb 2015, 9:16pm
Real estate agents have had a hard time finding suitable spinsters to rent the cottages.
Real estate agents have had a hard time finding suitable spinsters to rent the cottages.
**PHOTO:** The cottages in Latour Street Longford were rented to local spinsters for decades, according to the will of Miss Sarah Noake. (By Google)
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A Tasmanian Supreme Court judge has rejected a proposal to sell off seven heritage-style cottages that were built to accommodate spinsters in the state's northern midlands.
  • Sarah Louise Noake died in 1910, leaving instructions for cottages to be built on her land at Longford, which were then to be rented out to "spinsters in poor circumstances".
  • Her will stated that if such spinsters could not be found, the cottages could be rented out generally, with the income to go to the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women in Launceston.
  • The term "spinster" generally refers to a woman who is unmarried past child-bearing age.
  • In 2013, Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees Limited applied to the Supreme Court to vary Miss Noake's trust, saying its original purposes had become impossible to carry out.
  • The trustees argued that real estate agents were finding it increasingly difficult to find spinsters to rent the seven cottages to.

  • In today's society, there would be far fewer women who would identify as spinsters.
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Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees' Phillip Wheeldon said that difficulty was further exacerbated by the cottages' location in Longford, which had a limited population of spinsters.
  • Further, the Queen Victoria Hospital closed in 1995, and was incorporated into the Launceston General Hospital as the Queen Victoria Maternity Unit.
  • Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees' applied for approval to sell the property, so the proceeds could be invested in a share portfolio to benefit that maternity unit.

Scheme to donate money to maternity unit, cottages can't be sold

In her judgement, Supreme Court Judge Helen Wood said she would not allow the cottages to be sold as it would violate the spirit of Miss Noake's will.
  • But she ruled the trustee would be able to distribute income to the Queen Victoria Maternity Unit.
  • Justice Wood said she was proceeding on the factual basis that spinsters in poor circumstances were not seeking to rent the cottages.
  • "It is unsurprising that, due to historical reasons, there is reduced demand for spinsters," she said.
  • "In today's society, there would be far fewer women who would identify as spinsters.
  • "The term lacks currency and is not consonant with community attitudes."
  • But Justice Wood said while the term had fallen out of usage, that did not mean there was not a category of women who qualified as spinsters in poor circumstances.
  • Justice Wood found a share portfolio would sever any possibility of any assistance to spinsters in the future, and that was not in accordance with Miss Noake's will.
  • She also noted the proposed scheme would spell an end to the Noake family legacy in the Longford area.
  • But Justice Wood found that because the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women in Launceston no longer existed, the trustee had not been able to distribute surplus income as directed under the will.
  • She said she was satisfied that a limited variation to the trust should be approved, so that surplus rental income could now be directed to the Queen Victoria Maternity Unit at the LGH, rather than the now non-existent Queen Victoria Hospital for Women.
  • Justice Wood did not approve the other aspects of the proposed scheme.
  • "The circumstances do not justify the wholesale scheme proposed ... the difficulty with spinsters not renting cottages is provided for in the terms of the gift and could not amount to impossibility or impracticability in carrying out the original purpose," she said.



Point Piper clocks another $30 million sale


DateOctober 24, 2014 - 4:00PM
Lucy Macken
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Buyers have poured $200 million into Australia's most expensive suburb this year.

Point Piper has clocked up yet another waterfront trophy home sale, the sixth this year to sell for $30 million or more.

The Edwardian-era mansion of liquor baron John Piven-Large sold on Friday, bringing the suburb's sales tally to some $200 million worth of prime real estate sales within five months.
  • The six-bedroom residence with a tidal beach was first up for sale early last year with hopes of $40 million.

60 Wunulla Road Point Piper NSW
60 Wunulla Road Point Piper NSW

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After being listed with a few agents, the campaign was handed to Pillinger's Brad Pillinger in August, with a more realistic guide of $30 million-plus.



  • Mr Pillinger refused to comment on the sale, but a source confirmed the sale for about $30 million.
  • An offer of $28 million is rumoured to have been made in late July but was rejected.
  • The mansion last traded as a duplex in 1991, when Mr Piven-Large paid $2.2 million for one property and $1.3 million for the other.
  • Redesigned into one residence since then, it was listed following Mr Piven-Large's $15 million purchase of the Potts Point penthouse of billionaire property developer Bob Ell.
  • Mr Piven-Large is known to have made much of his fortune when he sold a 45.7 per cent stake in Cellarmasters to Foster's Brewing Group in 1997 in a deal worth $160 million.


Historic $4.5 million mansion sells, then burns down

Lucy Macken October 17, 2014
The historic 1886-era homestead Glen Alpine near Tamworth has burnt down in suspicious circumstances. Photo: Toby Johnstone
The historic 1886-era homestead Glen Alpine near Tamworth has burnt down in suspicious circumstances. Photo: Toby Johnstone

The historic 1886 homestead Glen Alpine near Tamworth has burnt down, two days before its sale for $4.5 million was due to settle.
  • All that remains of the heritage-listed homestead that was designed by architect John Horbury Hunt are five chimney pots and the original cellar.
  • "We are absolutely devastated by this," said Cremorne-based buyer, landscaper-builder Antony Tisch, who with his wife Wendy exchanged on the 1335 hectare property in June and was expected to take possession of it late last week.
"Restoring this old house to its former glory was part of our retirement plan. Now it's just a nice block of land."
  • Rural crime investigator Detective Senior Constable Scott Kellahan said police at Werris Creek noticed the blaze just after midnight on Wednesday October 8. It took fire crews several hours to bring the fire under control and no-one was in the property at the time.
  • Mr Tisch said they still plan to proceed on the settlement of the property, but that is not expected to take place until after court proceedings to determine what insurance on the residence is payable to either party.


"If we hadn't already invested so much into the sale we'd probably walk away from it now, but we've bought out some of the neighbours to increase our land holding and completed other terms of the settlement."
  • The two-storey mansion was built for pioneer Alexander Amos and features the North American shingle-style architecture for which Hunt was widely credited for bringing to Australia. Among Hunt's other noted buildings is the Point Piper residence Fairwater, owned by Lady Mary Fairfax.
  • The six-bedroom residence had already undergone renovation and restoration in its reception rooms and bedrooms, but the servery wing and billiard-ballroom required restoration.
  • "We've been trying to buy this property for eight years," said Mr Tisch. It last traded in 2007 for $5.4 million when it was bought by vet Jeffrey Hawkins.
  • "Jeffrey beat us to buy it at auction when it last sold and we've been trying to negotiate on the purchase of it for years now, but for various reasons the sale kept falling over," said Mr Tisch.
  • The working cattle farm was listed at the start of this year with an open agency agreement with a few agents with hopes of $5 million.
  • Detective Senior Constable Kellahan is pursuing a number of leads.
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Ned Kelly's childhood home for sale

August 25, 2014, 10:37 am Jonathan Chancellor, Property Observer/Yahoo7 Finance
The house of Ned Kelly, built by his father in 1859, is up for sale.

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The historic Victorian childhood home of Ned Kelly has been listed for 20 September auction.

  • It comes with bluestone heritage listed cottage on a 3.5 acre block of land with a second Federation-style home.
  • Andrew Bellino, at Ray White Craigieburn, has the offering at 44 Kelly Street Beveridge.
  • He says the cottage remains in its original condition. It comes with features of minor architectural interest, including elegant iron grates and wood-grained ledged and braced doors.
The Federation-style home also for sale. Image: Ray White.
The Federation-style home also for sale. Image: Ray White.

The level of fittings, appointments and presentation befit a home of absolute quality. Extras include: sensational period features, hardwood timber floors, gorgeous lead-light windows, high ceilings, multiple car accommodation and so much more!.


Second Millers Point house sells for $2.56 million

Date August 26, 2014 - 9:05PM
Toby Johnstone
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Toby Johnstone Deputy Domain Editor (News)

Check out Millers Point listings for actual offerings featured below;
This house at 29 Lower Fort Street, Millers Point, sold for $2.56 million at auction on Tuesday Night.
This house at 29 Lower Fort Street, Millers Point, sold for $2.56 million at auction on Tuesday Night.

This house at 29 Lower Fort Street, Millers Point, sold for $2.56 million at auction on Tuesday Night.
  • Many Federation style properties still to be auctioned...
A second state-owned property at Millers Point sold for a staggering $2.56 million at auction on Tuesday night.
  • Earlier this month buyers were given a price guide of $1.4 million but, due to the level of interest, the guide was revised to between $1.5 million and $1.6 million ahead of the auction.
  • The first Millers Point terrace went for $1.9 million last week, $600,000 above the price guide.

Built in 1834 the four-level home was advertised as having "dilapidated interiors".
  • This latest auction was held at the head office of Di Jones Real Estate in Woollahra with only vetted pre-registered buyers allowed to attend. A crowd of about 80 were packed into the auction room.
  • An auction attendee advised Domain of the sale price.
  • Bidding started at $1.2 million and increased in $100,000 increments until $1.8 million.
  • The winning bidder was a buyer's agent who was acting on behalf of a couple who were also in attendance. The female buyer said "I'm so excited, I have to tell the family".
  • Members of the Millers Point community were protesting outside the auction, chanting: "Hands off public housing" and "Shame, shame, shame".
The Colonial Regency-style home at 29 Lower Fort Street was built in 1834 and was previously home to a Medal of the Order of Australia recipient.
  • After purchasing the lease for $40,000 in 1993, Millicent Chalmers OAM lived in the property for 17 years.
  • "It is a brilliant place, full of stories and has a real feeling of history," she said.
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Vaucluse Green Gables $20 million sale

  • 10:32AM Sunday Aug 10, 2014
Green Gables on Coolong Road Vaucluse  has sold for just shy of $20 million.
Green Gables on Coolong Road Vaucluse has sold for just shy of $20 million.

Green Gables on Coolong Road Vaucluse has sold for just shy of $20 million.
The Vaucluse waterfront property Green Gables - once owned by merchant banker Frank Nugan - has sold for just shy of its $20 million asking price.
  • A caveat on the property indicates that the buyer is Michelle Malek, wife of the director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Ron Malek.
  • The Coolong Road residence has been home to the Mayo family since 1981, when it was bought for $1.15 million.
  • Before the Mayo family bought the property, it was owned by merchant banker Frank Nugan, who paid $450,000 for it in 1976.


TROPHY HOMES JONATHAN CHANCELLOR | 1 AUGUST 2014
Talana, Hawthorn East Queen Anne trophy home finally sells
Talana, the imposing Queen Anne-style residence at Hawthorn East, has been sold by lawyer Tony Troiani, a partner at King & Wood Mallesons.
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  • Talana has been renovated since the current vendors bought the property in 2000 for $2 million from the Mott family.
  • It’s named after a town in the province of Ogliastra, in Sardinia, Italy.
  • Having been listed with Marshall White in 2011, it was relisted through RT Edgar agent Michael Ebeling with $11 million-plus hopes in 2012.
  • Jock Langley of Abercromby’s real estate was expecting about $10 million.

See Talana 1 Harcourt St Hawthorn East in page Hawthorn Federation Heritage



In the News:

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  2. Chiritta, Peppermint Grove sold for $17.5m
  3. Craignairn, Wahroonga for sale
  4. Cranbrook School buys Sundorne, Bellevue Hill for $15m
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