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It’s a joy for many home hunters to find a large block of land in inner Sydney, and better still when that block of land is home to a stately residence surrounded by shade trees and lush, established gardens.
Selling agent James Bennett, principal of Belle Property Lane Cove, says the 1390-square-metre parcel is about three times the normal block size for Greenwich, a rarity on the peninsula side of the suburb, and likely to set a new record for a non-waterfront holding.
The impressive land size, coupled with the landmark 1917 Federation home, is expected to draw strong interest from Mosman and Cremorne buyers, and may also be an alternative for Killara and Lindfield buyers looking for a large home closer to the city.
The beautiful gardens have been created and nurtured by the home’s current owner, Catherine Gard, an award-winning landscape designer and owner of Branch Out Landscape Design.
“[The grounds are] a haven of relaxation in a botanical garden-like setting, with dedicated zones for adults and children,” she says.
“The level lawns are perfect for backyard cricket, there’s a gas-heated pool with swim jets, an in-built trampoline, a firepit and even a chicken coop.”
Attention has been paid to every square inch of the property, front, back and sides, providing places for outdoor dining, places to play, places to cool down or warm up, and places for quiet contemplation.
The east-facing sandstone terrace is partially covered by a motorised pergola and is the ideal spot for breakfast, while the shady garden on the south side is a perfect summer retreat.
Grand but not ostentatious, the home itself offers a simple, family-friendly floor plan.
Upon entry, the standout feature is the truly soaring ceilings – at 3.5 metres, even the tallest visitor will feel happily dwarfed.
Decorative plasterwork adds a layer of character to the front of the house, alongside deep skirtings, picture rails and original floorboards and fireplaces.
The fireplace in the front family room has been converted to gas for quick and easy heating and there’s a wall-length built-in entertainment unit and a huge window with a deep sill and plantation shutters.
The study (or fifth bedroom) opposite comes with its own entry off the front verandah, making it well suited to client visits while working from home.
The guest bathroom includes a shower and adjoins a laundry with loads of built-in storage that opens onto an idyllic drying courtyard.
Renovations have modernised the back section of the home, delivering an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room.
Cabinetry wraps around a large, stone-topped island bench, providing plenty of storage including a sideboard for the dining zone.
There’s an integrated Bosch dishwasher and a freestanding Ilve gas cooker.
The living room boasts a wood-burning fireplace and built-in entertainment unit and opens via glass bifolds onto the terrace.
Three of the four bedrooms upstairs come with en suites, the main with spa bath and twin vanity.
The latter also has a walk-in wardrobe, a fireplace and access onto the front balcony, from where you can enjoy lovely elevated views facing west over the treetops to the Lane Cove River.
The fourth bedroom boasts views towards the city, including a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge.
“We have a prime vantage point for fireworks on the harbour on New Year’s Eve,” Gard says.
“It’s a home designed for entertaining and we have regularly hosted events with up to 100 people with ease.”
Every room is full of natural light, courtesy of the high ceilings and oversized windows, and the feeling of space is enhanced by the wide staircase and passageways.
Additional features include garaging for three cars, a large storeroom, ducted airconditioning and a surround-sound system.
It’s a top location, a 150-metre stroll from the public school and village shops, and directly opposite 2065 Cafe, which opens at 7am for your coffee kickstart.
Bennett says he’s looking forward to introducing newcomers to the peninsula.
“Greenwich is a tightly held enclave and not a suburb that everyone knows,” he says.
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“It’s unique because it has many more amenities than usual for a peninsula suburb. It’s got an IGA, a post office, a pharmacy, cafes and a ferry wharf and close proximity to two train stations.”
Bennett takes the home to auction on February 26 with a guide of $8.7 million.