Haberfield, the Garden Suburb of Sydney

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Haberfield, 5 Km west of Sydney
Haberfield, 5 Km west of Sydney

Haberfield sits south of Iron Cove, part of Sydney Harbour.
  • The main road is Ramsay Street and the point of land that faces Iron Cove, Dobroyd Point, is a historical locality of Sydney.- From Wikipdedia:

Garden Suburb

When first established in 1901 Haberfield was marketed as the ‘Model Suburb'.

"The present day character of Haberfield was established between 1901 and 1917 with the subdivision and development of the Ramsay Family's Dobroyde Estate (Ramsay's Bush) by Richard Stanton.
Federation Elegance , 'Curra, Sunnybrae' (1928) 14 Kingston Street, HABERFIELD
Federation Elegance , 'Curra, Sunnybrae' (1928) 14 Kingston Street, HABERFIELD

  • In 1901, landholder Richard Stanton bought 50 acres (200,000 m2) from two Ramsay children and subdivided the area to create a garden suburb.
  • Richard Stanton opened his first Haberfield Estate in 1901. Two years later, the second estate, based on Stanton and Haberfield Roads, was opened.
  • Sydney had recently suffered outbreaks of the bubonic plague in overcrowded parts of the inner city and the garden suburb movement was a response to that, encouraging fresh air. He also claimed the development to be "slumless, laneless and publess".
  • The houses were designed by the architectural firm Spencer, Stansfield and Wormald.
  • Stanton named the suburb 'Haberfield', after the English branch of his family. The fact that the development started in 1901 and a number of the early streets were named after prominent federal politicians has led to the suburb also being known as 'The Federation Suburb'.

Haberfield is a good-looking neighbourhood, says McGrath agent Michael Tringali, and one with a rare sense of unity and pride that you don't always see in other suburbs.
  • "People look out for each other and there's a sense of community shared by the shopkeepers and restaurateurs, some of them have been running family businesses here for years," Tringali says.
  • "The heritage restrictions mean the suburb will stay low density and continue to be very attractive for professional families working in the CBD," he says.
40 DalhousieStreet Haberfield
40 DalhousieStreet Haberfield

Haberfield in detail.
Haberfield in detail.

Ray White agent Henriette Masmeyer agrees. "All the streets are wide and tree-lined and what you get now will still be here in another 20 years time," she says. "The green space Haberfield is hanging on to will be highly prized in years to come."

  • Of course, the heritage status comes with limitations for those keen to extend and renovate as all new work must be in keeping with the character of the suburb's existing streetscapes.[1]

Haberfield Prices

When inner westies gather to talk real estate, the subject of Haberfield is often raised. Heads shake and there are mutterings about the ''ridiculous'' results, especially when compared with prices back in the day, be that the 1980s, 1990s or 2011.

Examples include the $2.91 million in April for a four-bedder a few doors from Parramatta Road. Or the $2.8 million in December 2011 for an unrenovated four-bedder, with only one bathroom, on Turner Street. And the unrenovated two-bedroom semi on busy Dalhousie Street that sold on the quiet in November for $1.2 million.

McGrath Inner West agent Michael Tringali explains the attraction: ''Consistency of architectural integrity draws a very house-proud demographic who are prepared to stay for the next 15 years to raise their family, while they restore or maintain their home's Federation character in the knowledge that a two-storey McMansion won't pop up next door.''

This sentiment has meant the median house price has soared 66 per cent in the past decade, almost double the Sydney-wide growth of 35 per cent. As LJ Hooker Haberfield agent Peter Sotiropoulos says: ''Prices have pretty much doubled every 10 years since our first boom in 1978.''[2]

Haberfield Heritage's photostream (83)

Haberfield Mural "The Garden Suburb" c.1910-25
Haberfield Mural "The Garden Suburb" c.1910-25

Bunyas c.1900
Bunyas c.1900

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47 Dudley Street

47 Dudley Street
47 Dudley Street

"Yaralla" c.1914
"Yaralla" c.1914

"Yaralla" c.1914
"Yaralla" c.1914

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39 Dudley Street

Haberfield Heritage

  • "Approximately 1500 houses were constructed in this and adjoining areas to designs by J Spencer Stansfeld and D Wormald.
  • "Stanton applied a covenant on the land titles for lots in the Dobroyde Estate stipulating building setbacks and materials for each house to be constructed, which assured all owners that nearby development would be of similar quality.
Aerial view of Haberfield in Sydney
Aerial view of Haberfield in Sydney

'Haberfield espoused the philosophy of the Garden Suburb with its gardens containing distinctive planting, fences, gates and curving tiled paths. Houses in Haberfield were typically 'detached' double-brick dwellings situated on their own block of land measuring 50' x 150' (15 m x 45 m). No two houses were alike, although there were many common themes throughout the suburb. The roofs were either slate or Marseilles tile. All had front verandahs. Decorative features typically used in this area include leadlight windows depicting Australian flora and fauna, Art Nouveau timber detailing and tuckpointed brickwork. - from: http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au

The majority of houses in Haberfield are protected under a 'heritage order', which is the main reason why so many original Victorian and Federation houses still exist in the area.external image Garden%2520Suburb.jpg
  • Renovations and additions to both houses and properties must follow strict guidelines ensuring they stay true to the era's style.
  • Some examples of rules include: banning the addition of second storeys unless in the existing roof space, banning the demolishing of any protected houses, ensuring a 50:50 ratio of 'hard surface' to 'soft surface' on the property, ensuring house exteriors are painted in federation colours. Houses must also have a roof consisting of terracotta or slate tiles.
"This visionary social experiment was so financially successful that it helped lock in the great Australian dream of the quarter-acre suburban block with dwelling, which has dominated how Australians seek to house themselves.

"There are many reasons why Haberfield is significant at both a state and national level.
  • It is more than the picturesque aesthetics of its streets, shops and single-storey houses, which, while predominantly in the Federation, and California Bungalow styles, cover the whole range of twentieth century architecture, including Federation Arts and Crafts and simple Arts and Crafts styles.
  • Haberfield is a research repository of Federation-era architectural details, house layouts, utility provision, garden design and plant material, and the early planning of public infrastructure. - from Dictionary of Sydney

Three of the best in Haberfield

1. 40 Dalhousie Street Haberfield

  • $4 million +; 6 bed, 5 bath, 4 car; Built 1907; renovated 2000s; Land: 1526 square metres
  • Inspect by appointment Agent: McGrath Inner West, 0408 000 100
  • Last traded for $1.79 million in 2002 - More photos: Domain.com.au
40 Dalhousie St Haberfield
40 Dalhousie St Haberfield

There are in fact two homes on this large, level block, ideal for extended family or guest accommodation. The main residence is a substantial Federation home melding both the Arts and Crafts and Queen Anne styles to create an impressive property retaining plenty of original features.
  • High ceilings with decorative roses, marble and timber surround fireplaces, picture rails and leadlight windows are all showcased in both the bedrooms and the grand formal living spaces. A handsome arched window in the dining room faces onto the deep front porch and there are large bay windows in the front rooms.
  • A modern stone and gas kitchen has plenty of storage and adjoins the casual dining and family room. It opens onto a covered, wrap-around verandah and a garden with palm-fringed pool.
  • The master bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and a modern en suite and the family bathroom has a separate w/c. There is a second bedroom on this level and two more bedrooms upstairs, where you'll also find a sitting room and storeroom and a third bathroom.
  • The second residence was built in the 1990s and has generous open-plan living spaces, a gas kitchen, a large main bedroom with en suite and wardrobe and a smaller second bedroom.
There is a side driveway to a substantial four-car garage and plenty of lawn for backyard cricket.
  • Room for improvement: The blue carpet has to go!

2. 9 Forrest Street Haberfield

  • $3.5 million + ; 5 bed, 3 bath, 3 car; Built circa 1930; renovated 2011; Land: 938 square metres
    9 Forrest St Haberfield
    9 Forrest St Haberfield
  • Inspect Sat, noon-12.45pm; Wed, 6.30pm-7pm; Agent: Cobden & Hayson, 0413 672 287
  • Auction: April 18; Last traded for $1.48 million in 2007 ; More photos: Domain.com.au
If you've just done a double-take looking at the photos of the front and rear facades of this property, you're not the only one. From the street, the facade blends seamlessly with its Federation neighbours, as per heritage orders. But out the back a cutting-edge extension adds a dramatic modern dimension with inclusions for the serious home cook, wine connoisseur and movie or sports buff.
  • The original part of the house hosts four bedrooms including an indulgent master with concealed access to a large walk-in wardrobe and a stylish en suite. In the new wing, the eye is drawn past the marble-topped kitchen to a split-level living room with built-in daybed and access to a covered balcony. American oak flooring adds warmth alongside a feature wood fireplace.
  • Downstairs, you'll find a fifth en suite bedroom and en suite, and a large games room with projector and retractable movie screen, plus access to a temperature-controlled 3000-bottle wine room.
Outside the old and new sit side-by-side: the original stables, ideal as garaging, storage or as a workshop or studio forms the northern boundary of a glass-framed, gas-heated pool.
  • Room for improvement: Sand and polish the floorboards in the front bedrooms.

3. 253 Ramsay Street Haberfield

  • $1.688 million; 3 bed, 3 bath, 2 car; Built circa 1910; renovated 2010; Land: 695 square metres
  • Inspect: Sat, 10am-10.30am; Agent: Ray White Haberfield, 0419 243 399; Last traded for $970,000 in 2009
253 Ramsay Street HABERFIELD
253 Ramsay Street HABERFIELD

If you can live with the location on busy Ramsay Road you'll get more value for your dollar at this renovated family home. The house on the back boundary in Martin Street on a comparable block sold for $1.9 million in 2013. The front two bedrooms of this property face the street and are surprisingly quiet. Each bedroom has a built-in wardrobe, the master with an en suite.
  • The modern bathroom has floor-to-ceiling tiles and a rain shower and there is a third bathroom at the back of the house with a bath and laundry facilities. A central lounge room with a decorative timber and cast iron fireplace leads through to a study and open-plan living spaces with a stone and gas kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances. Bi-fold doors open onto a large, partially covered deck which steps down to the back garden and a solar heated pool. One half of the double garage has been converted into a self-contained studio.
  • Room for improvement: Widen the window in the study to provide more natural light

Leadlight Stained Glass at 160 Bland Street Haberfield

Beautiful Art Nouveau leadlined glass door  and transom sets
Beautiful Art Nouveau leadlined glass door and transom sets

Beautiful Art Nouveau leadlined glass casement windows
Beautiful Art Nouveau leadlined glass casement windows

Coloured glass transom windows above casement windows
Coloured glass transom windows above casement windows

Heritage Listed Federation Style Houses:

House - Derrylyn
Derrylyn, built in 1910, is a large single storey federation cottage of two-tone bricks with a fine slate and terracotta roof punctuated by numerous tall roughcast chimneys.
The building is prominently sited on the corner of Dalhousie Street and Deakin Avenue, Haberfield. It retains many of its original features.

1984 - construction of a swimming pool, brick paving and child proof fence.
1985 - approval granted for construction of garage/car port of sympathetic design.
1985 - new picket fence constructed.
1992 - approval granted for re-landscaping of grounds
16 Deakin Street or 91 Dalhousie Street
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101 Dalhousie St, really 16 Deakin Street Haberfield

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Derrylyn, 16 Deakin Street

Residence, Glenalva
A handsome, large residence which is an exemplar of the Queen Anne style of architecture in an ample garden setting.

This ample house is a single-storeyed structure of tuckpointed face brickwork, with a hip and gable slate roof that has terra cotta hips, crenellated ridges and ridge terminals. The main roof form has louvred gablet ventilators and shingle infills. The tall brick chimneys have rendered caps, terra cotta pots and roughcast panels. There is a handsome wide arch, with label course. over the main front window.
There are two verandahs, with encaustic tiled floors, turned baluster friezes and timber posts. The spacious garden includes dense mature planting and several trees. There is a driveway of concrete strips. The front fence is brick with curved bays and wrought iron panels, and an iron front gate gives access to a curved tiled path leading to the side entrance verandah.
38 Dalhousie Street
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Residence, Woodrow Vale Easton (C 1920); Waratah Rest Home (1941-61)
This substantial house is a single-storey brick building, an eclectic design in the Queen Anne/Arts and Crafts styles of architecture. Facing east to Dalhousie Street, its front is almost symmetrical, with two gable wings flanking a verandah and another at one end, and projecting from the main gabled roof. Each gable has a decorative apex panel. The roof has terra cotta tiling with crested ridges and gable terminals. The brickwork is tuckpointed and has roughcast render above door head height. A casement bay window is in each gable wing.
A handsome four-light arched window faces the verandah, beside the front door. The verandah has a slightly lower-pitched roof, tiled floor and paired timber posts with decorative timber brackets. The chimneys are roughcast, the front one emphasising the verandah corner. The front fence is brick, with an iron front gate opening on to a curved brick path leading to the verandah, with urns flanking the steps. On the south side of the site a brick drive, with wrought iron gates, leads to a rear garage. At the rear of the north side of the house there is a separate cottage. A simple garden unifies the ensemble.
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Wisteria flowering at 40 Dalhousie Street

Residence, Elicia
An unusual and intact symmetrical example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture, in a distinctive Cottage Garden setting. As a fairly early example in the Dobroyde Point Estate, developed by the Haymarket Permanent Land Building and Investment Company, this house was probably designed by one of the Company s architects.
This is a single-storey residence designed in the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture, constructed of tuckpointed brickwork with a terra cotta tiled lateral hipped roof having gablet ends. The house is an unusual example of that style because its facade is symmetrical, marked by a central polygonal verandah which has a pyramid roof, supported on timber posts with tulip brackets, fretwork balcony balustrading and frieze. Its sides are glazed. As the site slopes up from the street, the verandah is approached by tiled steps and has an encaustic tiled floor with slate edges. The entrance doorway is in an arched recess flanked by bullseye windows and the door, sidelight, toplight and windows have very fine leaded glass with Art Nouveau motifs. The chimneys are brick and roughcast. The front fence, rebuilt from photographs, is an appropriate rail-and-picket design on a brick plinth, and from the gateway a brick path leads to the verandah steps. There is also a brick-paved side driveway.
20 Dudley Street
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20 Dudley Street, Haberfield

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Alicia c.1913 by Haberfield Heritage

Residence, Yaralla
A very fine and attractive house exhibiting the Queen Anne style of architecture, very likely an exemplar of the Haymarket Permanent Land, Building and Investment Company s architect. It has been well cared for and was from the beginning and for most of its life in the ownership of the Hayhow family.

A very fine house, single-storeyed, with brick walls on a sandstone base, and a hipped roof of slate trimmed with terra cotta including decorative ridges and terminals. It was designed in the Queen Anne style of architecture. The characteristic L-shaped front has an impressive octagonal, pyramid-roofed and glazed bay with a mitred slate roof. Between this and the other side of the facade is a verandah, surmounted by a gable having a shingled and panelled tympanum, all supported on paired timber posts with decorative infills and curvilinear tulip-motif brackets. The verandah has brick balustrades with downswept curves infilled with steel balusters, and a glazed end. The windows have casement sashes, leadight glazing and bullnose brick sills. The chimneys are pebble-dashed with brick embellishment and terra cotta pots. The front fence is brick and from the gate a tiled path leads to the verandah steps which have marble treads, tiled risers and pedestal sides. Steel double gates on the left lead to an area of hard standing, and a steel gate on the other side leads to a side path. The garden has a simple layout out and planting.
37 Dudley Street
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Yaralla 1914

Curra, Sunnybrae (1928) House
Although sadly now altered, this house demonstrates a rare variation of the Arts and Crafts style, probably designed by D Wormal, architect for the Haberfield Estate. Apart from the evident modifications it is handsome and well maintained. The property is associated with Frances Scully, founder of what became the Australian Ballet.
See also: http://www.raineandhorne.com.au/haberfield/properties/100847
"Absolutely stylish Federation home with an abundance of character and charm.
Entrance hall that could fit a car. Large front veranda and exquisite façade features that create plenty of street appeal. Inside quality original features and large room sizes contribute to make this property well above average for the area."
14 Kingston Street
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House - 46 Martin Street, Haberfield
Date: 1911 Roof: Corrugated galvanised iron, brick chimneys with terracotta pots
Walls: Weatherboard with face brick base
Fenestration: Timber frame, pressed metal sill decorations
Other: Verandah has traditional-style timber balustrade and decorated brackets
It is unusual for the area in that it is a weatherboard cottage. It is largely intact, and retains many interesting original features which add to the house’s contribution to the local streetscape.
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Residence, Roslare
A fine example of the Queen Anne style of architecture, probably designed by D Wormal, Richard Stanton s architect for the Haberfield Estate (see Information Notes below, note 4). It is an unusual design and exemplifies the high standard that Stanton prescribed for houses in the Estate. The property was also occupied by the one family for most of its life.
The competent design of this house suggests that it was the work of an architect, probably D Wormal, Stanton's architect for the Haberfield Property Company.(3)
It is a fine single-storeyed brick residence designed in the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The facade brickwork is tuckpointed. The hipped roof is slate, trimmed with terra cotta including crested ridges, and has exposed rafter feet. To one side a bay projects towards the street, with a roughcast base and an ample six-light bay window surmounted by a shingled gable having a decorative panel-and-batten apex. The windows have casement sashes and bullnose sills. The chimneys are roughcast with brick decoration.
The unusual verandah has a skillion roof which continues down from the main roof plane. The verandah has elegant paired brackets and paired posts supported on piers rising from inverted-arch balustrade bays, and a tiled floor. The restored front fence is constructed with timber pickets and top rails, on a bullnose brick plinth. The gates match this design. From the front gate a curved path of tiles leads to the front steps, which have slate treads. There is a side driveway of concrete strips, leading to a rear free-standing garage.(4) The garden is completely grassed.
34 Ramsay Street
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34 Ramsay Street Haberfield

House -164 Ramsay Street
Builder/Maker: R F Curyeuven Construction Years: 1916
Form: Bungalow Style: Californian Bungalow with Federation influences
Date: 1916
Number of storeys: 1
Roof: Marseilles tile
Walls: Brick with roughcast render and battened gable end
Fenestration: Timber casement windows
Other: Striking curved verandah wall and footpath to front steps
164 Ramsay Street
164 Ramsay Street
164 Ramsay Street

Residence, Loch Galli
Loch Galli is an excellent example of Richard Stanton s high standard of domestic design and town planning in Haberfield; an ideal image of his model suburb.
It is a large picturesque house set in spacious grounds, occupying a double block and reflecting the garden suburb concept. The property has ownership associations with well-known citizens of Ashfield including the widow of Sir Arthur Renwick, Voce-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, and her family. It is also a significant example of the extensive work of John Spencer-Stansfield, architect for the Haberfield Garden Suburb. he property is Classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW)
This is a large house of tuckpointed face brickwork, terra cotta tiled roof of shingle-faced multiple gables, flying bracketted gablets and roughcast detailing such as elegant tapered chimneys, all characteristic of the Arts and Crafts style of architecture.
The entrance, facing Stanton Road, is asymmetrically placed in its gabled wing, and accessed through a large three-ring arch with a battered abutment. Beside that there is an ample verandah beneath a roof which continues the main roof downwards at a slightly lower pitch. This verandah has widely-spaced timber posts with decorative brackets, supported on brick balustrades.
On the side of the house addressing Haberfield Road, there is another multi-light bay window, flanked by a bulls-eye window and facing a paved area.
18 Stanton Road, Corner of Haberfield Road
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18 Stanton Road, Haberfield

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18 Stanton Road from Haberfield Road

Residence, Lochiel
Lochiel is a splendid example of the Queen Anne style of architecture. It occupies a relatively small proportion of its large site, while its mature setting and streetscape well express the Garden Suburb concept that was so well publicised by its prominent advocate Richard Stanton. The property is Classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

In contrast with the more usual contemporary pattern of small or terrace-like houses in the suburbs nearer to the city, it is set on a large site. Vincent Crow typifies the architectural style as Domestic Gothic on account of the prominent pyramidal roof over its corner verandah.(2) In fact the design overall is more characteristic of the Queen Anne style. The house has face brick walling with a roughcast frieze, hipped terra cotta tile roofing with crenellations and apex terminals as well as exposed rafter feet, tall chimneys of brick and roughcast, verandah embellishment of turned timber posts and frieze, and a distinctive little facetted corner bay window. Most unusual is the large bay window in its street-facing bracketted gable wing, comprising a double row of toplights above a bank of casements, surmounted by a treatment of strap-and-panel decoration.

Lochiel was the first house built on the northern side of Stanton Road between Haberfield Road and O'Connor Street. By the end of 1904 there were 14 houses in Stanton Road. Lochiel was built for Charles Buchanan, who was a school-master and thus can be seen as an example of the members of the middle class who bought into Sydney's new Garden Suburb, as it was advertised by Richard Stanton & Son.
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19 Stanton Street from Haberfield Rd

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Residence, Westminster
Architecturally it is a distinctive example of the Queen Anne style in a most pleasing corner setting. It is also an excellent example of the trend since the 1970s towards restoration of original use and fabric conservation. The property is Classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

This is a fine and unusual building most likely designed by John Spencer-Stansfield, the Stanton firmÕs architect for the Haberfield Estate. According to Vincent Crow, its architectural style was advertised by Stanton as Domestic Gothic, supposedly characterised by the pyramidal turret above the corner room of the piazza verandah that extends around the front and side of the house. It is a face-brick building, originally tuck-pointed though now somewhat weatherbeaten, with a slate roof trimmed with terra cotta except for the turret, which has mitred hips and a tall terra cotta finial. The ridges are crenellated and have ventilated gablets.
The verandah has delicate timber posts, brackets, frieze and balustrading. There are French doors, casement windows with coloured glass, and roundels. One end of the verandah is enclosed with sympathetic glazing. The entrance porch is accessed through a three-ring brick arch, above which there is a roughcast frieze and a repousse copper plaque bearing the house name. The front garden is handsome, with mature trees. The fence is a composition of brick plinths, timber posts top rail and alternating wide and narrow pickets. The composition of entrance gate and posts is very Art Nouveau in character.
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Residence, Omrah
A large and impressive house probably designed by Richard Stanton s architect, D Wormal (see Historical Notes and Information Note 1 below). Despite considerable alterations the house and its setting continue to demonstrate the high quality residential work prescribed by Stanton.

A single-storeyed residence designed in the Queen Anne style of architecture. The walls are in cavity face brickwork, with tuckpointing still evident in protected areas. The roof is an ensemble of hipped elements including a pyramid above a polygonal bay over the entrance and there is a gable with an apex screen facing Turner Avenue.
Distinctive features, as well as the polygonal entrance bay, include handsome chimneys, a curved side window bay with double toplights, and a corner window also having double toplights. Much of the window glass is leaded, with Art Nouveau motifs. The entrance has a tiled floor, timber railing and posts, and a baluster frieze. There is a five-panel door with elegant sidelight and toplights and a slate threshold. There is no front fence but a concrete path leads from the corner through the dense garden to the entrance. The mature planting includes a tall palm.

Original roofing replaced.
27 Turner Avenue, Corner of Kingston Street
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There is no front fence but a concrete path leads from the corner through the dense garden to the entrance. The mature planting includes a tall palm.
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Residence, Oakwood
This is an example of John Spencer-Stansfield s Design No 1 , which was used in many Haberfield houses for Richard Stanton. Though facing a very busy thoroughfare and not very well cared for, it appears to be very intact.
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House - 19 Wattle Street, Haberfield
Construction Years: 1910 Physical Description: Bungalow.
Style/Period: Federation.
Although completely modernised, the house is part of the Haberfield Conservation Area, and therefore warrants consideration for its heritage values. The house contributes generally in its form and setback to the streetscape of Wattle Street. Where possible, modern alterations should be reversed to improve the aesthetic appeal of the house.
19 Wattle Street
19 Wattle Street, Haberfield
19 Wattle Street, Haberfield

House - 21 Wattle Street, Haberfield
Although completely modernised, the house is part of the Haberfield Conservation Area, and therefore warrants consideration for its heritage values.
Construction Years: 1910 -
Physical Description: Bungalow.
Style/Period: Inter-war.
21 Wattle Street
21 Wattle Street, Haberfield
21 Wattle Street, Haberfield

House - 23-25 Wattle Street, Haberfield
With some intact features and reversible alterations, the cottages contribute to the local streetscape in their detailing, form, scale and setback.
Form: Semi-detached bungalows.
Style/Period: Federation.
23-25 Wattle Street
23-25 Wattle Street, Haberfield
23-25 Wattle Street, Haberfield

House - 35 Wattle Street, Haberfield
The house is of local aesthetic significance as a largely intact example of the Federation style cottages typical in the area retaining many original features, notably the patterned tile step risers, decorative motifs on the chimney and gable end, and the circular bay to the verandah. The house contributes to the quality of the local streetscape in its form, detailing, scale and setback.
35 Wattle Street
35 Wattle Street, Haberfield
35 Wattle Street, Haberfield

Houses - 37-39 Wattle Street, Haberfield
The pair of semi-detached cottages are of local significance for their historic and aesthetic contribution to the Haberfield Conservation Area, which is highly regarded as Australia's first garden suburb. The pair is small and basically intact with minor alterations which can be reversed.
Roof: Slate with terracotta ridge tiles and finials.
Walls: Brick
Fenestration: Timber casement, coloured glazing. French doors.
Other: Decorative timber verandah framing.
37-39 Wattle Street
37-39 Wattle Street, Haberfield
37-39 Wattle Street, Haberfield

Houses - 41-43 Wattle Street, Haberfield
The pair of semi-detached cottages are of local significance for their historic and aesthetic contribution to the Haberfield Conservation Area, which is highly regarded as Australia's first garden suburb. With some intact features and reversible alterations, the cottages contribute to the local streetscape in their detailing, form, scale and setback.

Builder/Maker: A. E. Wood Physical Description: Form: Semi-detached bungalows. Style/Period: Federation.

Roof: Slate with terracotta ridge capping and finials. Rendered chimneys.
Walls: Brick. Fenestration: Modern metal sashes on no 41, modern timber on no 43. French Doors. Alterations: Verandah infilled with lattice.
Other: Some decorative timber verandah framing is missing on no 43.
41-43 Wattle Street
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Number 41 for rent for$520 per week from

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House - 51 Wattle Street, Haberfield
It is a basically intact, small, cottage with minor alterations which can be reversed. Retaining the bulk of its original features, the cottage is a good representative example of the housing stock within the area, retaining many original features, notably the arched windows and timber casement windows with coloured glazing.
The house was built in 1913 for the owner, Donnelly, who occupied it until 1919.
51 Wattle Street
51 Wattle Street, Haberfield
51 Wattle Street, Haberfield

House - 53 Wattle Street, Haberfield

The subject house was built in 1909 for Mr Page by A.M. Allan. Constructed as a cottage residence of brick on stone, the house had five rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a pantry, a store room and a rear shed. In 1912 Cook bought this house from Page. The damp course consisted of slate, the roofs of tiles and iron, the verandah of tiles, and the shed of wood and iron.
The house is a largely intact example of the Federation style cottages typical in the area retaining many original features, notably the arched windows and timber casement windows with coloured glazing.
53 Wattle Street
53 Wattle Street, Haberfield
53 Wattle Street, Haberfield

Items listed under the NSW Heritage Act

Item Name
Listed under Heritage Act

5 Rogers Avenue
16 Deakin Avenue
Relay Test Centre
11 St Davids Road
St. David's Uniting Church
51- 53 Dalhousie Street
185 Parramatta Road
The house Yasmar is the most historic and one of the oldest buildings in Ashfield. It is the only relatively intact villa in its landmark garden setting on the oldest roadway in Australia. The house, stables and garden survive in layout as originally intended. The residence is set well back from Parramatta Road behind a dense and expansive historic garden, which is overlooked by a verandah extending around both ends of the house.

The garden is a rare example of the Gardenesque style, allowing an understanding of the style that was appropriate to persons of wealth and taste including its original owners, the historic Ramsay family, who were pillars of Presbyterianism The house is a rare example of the work of the early architect John Bibb.

It has associations with Simeon Lord; the Ramsay and Learmonth families; G J Grace, a later owner; and the Presbyterian Church. The property was commandeered for officers quarters during World War II. The house "Yasmar" is a single-storeyed symmetrical building of sandstone, with a hipped roof of slate trimmed with terra cotta.

The verandah is floored with sandstone flags, has a separate roof at a lower pitch, and is supported on cast iron plate columns made by the Sydney firm of Bubb & Co. There are French doors with shutters on the main and rear elevations, the latter also verandahed. The architectural style of the house is Victorian Regency.external image 6791614376_ce3f002d8d.jpg
Historic Yasmar, 185 Parramatta Rd Haberfield
Historic Yasmar, 185 Parramatta Rd Haberfield

Albert Grace transferred the property to Miss Sarah Selina Smith on her marriage to Joseph Neal Grace in 1911. Miss Smith was the Lady superintendent of the Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon.

During World War II the property was taken over by the military, though it is not known when Miss Smith left Yasmar, although when she died in 1949 she was a widow of Macquarie Street, Sydney.

In November 1944 Yasmar and the land remaining were transferred to the New South Wales Government. In 1946 the house was converted into a Children's Court, and a remand Centre built nearby. The house had been listed on the State Heritage Register, so the outer appearance was not altered

In August 2003, Ashfield Council acquired Yasmar, and is planning restoration work. The Remand Centre will be moved to Lidcombe in 2005. - YASMAR and the LEARMONTHS
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By Vincent CROW, OAM
First edition: 1983; the Ashfield and District Historical Society with the assistance of the Royal Australian Historical Society

Folio; illustrated stiff, buff wrappers, lightly sunned and shelfworn; 20pp., lightly foxed on the front and rear few pages, otherwise clean with many monochrome illustrations; a good copy of this scarce work.

The aim of this booklet is to illustrate Haberfield’s Federation character and to give appropriate historical and architectural comments on each building within its context. The buildings have been chosen partly for their architectural or historical significance and partly on their ability to be clearly photographed.


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