• Jon Ruwolt

Huge Potts Point Mansion for sale

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

This freestanding early Federation Queen Anne property is located in Challis Avenue, one of Potts Point’s best streets, and while now operating as a boutique hotel, it could be reimagined as a grand home.

Fielding interest from expats, Chinese buyers, wealthy local families, business leaders and architecture buffs, McGrath Edgecliff agent William Manning reports that there is a palpable excitement over the sale of the house, which last changed hands in 2002.

This Local Government Heritage Listed property is mistakenly listed as a Terrace House but is freestanding, and NSW heritage listed as "Belgravia" Including its Victorian Interior. It was also known as Killountan, and is trading now as Simpsons Boutique Hotel.

Spanning four levels on a 650-square metre block, this freestanding property is in one of Potts Point’s best streets, and while now operating as a boutique hotel, it could be reimagined as a grand home

Designed in 1892 by John Bede Barlow, a leading light in turn-of-the-century Australian architecture, Simpsons (originally called Killoutan) was built for Barlow’s cousin John Lane Mullins, a treasurer of the Catholic Church, solicitor and patron of the emerging arts and crafts movement.

A statement against the “vulgarity” of Victorian architecture of the day, Simpsons boasts a handsome facade of (Queen Anne) red brick, with its decorative elements reserved for inside.

Standing in the elegant foyer with its soaring ceilings, grand moulded arches and beautifully preserved leadlight windows, it’s easy to be transported back to the 19th century.

The formal sitting and dining rooms are to the right of the foyer, facing the street with views through large, segmented arched windows.

There are picture and dado rails above wide skirting boards and ornate fireplaces. On a cool spring morning with both fires blazing, it’s a warm and inviting space lined with books and art.

To the left of the foyer, a hall leads through to the conservatory, which functions as a light-filled breakfast room. There are four en suite bedrooms on the ground floor, six on the first floor and three at attic level, all connected via a solid timber staircase rebuilt in a heritage style.

There’s also a three-car garage at basement level accessed via the rear lane, and a circular driveway providing off-street parking for a further four cars.

Listed by the National Trust of Australia, Simpsons appeared in both the Annual Architectural Review and Beautiful Homes of Australia in the Edwardian Age in 1893.