• Jon Ruwolt

Top Federation Homes

Updated: Aug 12, 2019


Derived from sales reports and heritage listings, here are my choice of the best Federation homes for each state of Australia.

I have also compiled the top 10 Federation Homes list for NSW and South Australia. I try to list residential properties, rather than offices or institutional uses.

1. Fairwater, Double Bay NSW

THE most expensive home in this country’s history has just been snapped up by Aussie millionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes (September 2018).

The Atlassian co-founder broke the record after buying Lady Mary Fairfax’s Point Piper mansion, Fairwater.


Fairwater, Double Bay NSW THE most expensive home in this country’s history has just been snapped up by Aussie millionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes (September 2018).  The Atlassian co-founder broke the record after buying Lady Mary Fairfax’s Point Piper mansion, Fairwater.
2. The Hermitage estate, Vaucluse NSW

The Hemmes family has lived in The Hermitage, an expansive waterfront estate at Vaucluse, for 45 years. Justin, 46, still occupies his own private wing.

However,the family is not moving any time soon, according to Justin Hemmes' father.


Contrary to rumours, John Hemmes once said the home was not for sale.

"They're talking $60 million now,'' he said.

"But it's not on the market; it's not for sale. We love it here.''

3. Addenbrooke, Bellevue Hill NSW

Federation Queen Anne style: "A very choice position on the crown of the hill, with delightful views over the harbour"

It came with $33 million hopes by the downsizing vendors, Denis and Charlotte O'Neil.

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4. 60 Wunulla Road Point Piper NSW

(formerly Ni-No-Nan)

Another waterfront trophy home sale, the sixth in 2014 to sell for $30 million or more.


"The Federation Arts and Crafts style mansion of liquor baron John Piven-Large sold on Friday, bringing Point Piper'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."​