Built in 1913, this substantial and historic Arts and Crafts style home combines heritage style with contemporary comfort. Renovated by award winning Sydney architects Peter Willett Associates, it combines old and new, indoor and outdoor, eastern and western with style and verve.
Entering the property, you will be struck by the handsome original timber floorboards and ornamental plasterwork. As you enter the lounge, formal dining room, living room, kitchen and sunroom at the back of the property, the flood of natural light will take your breath away. A wraparound deck runs down the west side of the property, catching the afternoon sun. The Japanese-style back terrace features a standalone studio with its own kitchenette, as well a beautiful pool.
There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and three, including the master bedroom with en-suite, balcony and walk-in robe, on the upper floor. The lower-ground floor is a lock-up garage for two cars. The stone kitchen on the main floor is ideal for entertaining, with European appliances and acres of bench space. When it comes to dining, there are both formal and informal spaces to choose from.
The property is set in the heart of Centennial Park, which refers to both Sydneysiders’ favourite green space and the prestigious suburb that surrounds it. The home is situated in a highly sought-after enclave that was subdivided from the park itself at the turn of the last century. It sits on a wide, tree-lined street of other Federation, Victorian and Arts and Crafts homes.
What the owners love
The Centennial parklands, 360 hectares of urban greenery. This wonderful oasis in the middle of the city offers myriad activities, from walks through the woods to picnics, tennis to horse riding, bicycle paths to bird watching. It’s also minutes from the Sydney Cricket Ground, so catching the Sydney Swans or a day of test cricket is always an option. And while the double garage is handy, the restaurants of Surry Hills and the boutiques of Paddington are within easy walking distance, so the car isn’t always necessary.
What we love
The outdoor areas of this home are unique. The backyard feels self-contained and private, thanks to the lush, creeper-covered walls. The BBQ and outdoor dining area allow guests to make the most of Sydney’s beautiful weather, while the aquamarine swimming pool belongs in a David Hockney painting. The Japanese-style garden with poplars and yucca trees continues around the front. Perhaps best of all, almost all the ground floor and studio rooms open onto verandahs or balconies, allowing for a seamless combination of indoor and outdoor living.
What the sophisticated traveller loves
This is not a giant, gaudy mansion that looks like a concrete castle from afar. In fact, from the street this home appears to be a modest Federation-style villa. But inside it opens into an elegant and understated residence, combining graceful turn-of-the-century detailing with sophisticated modern touches, including Australian contemporary art, top-of-the-line appliances and stylish furniture. The merger of old and new makes this property one of a kind.
Cleaning and Linen Contribution: $550
Bedroom 1: Master King with ensuite
Bedroom 2: King Single with shared bathroom
Bedroom 3: King Single with shared bathroom
Bedroom 4: Double bed
Bedroom 5: Double bed