• Jon Ruwolt

Trophy Federation Homes

Updated: Aug 12, 2019


These homes have been for sale recently, of which one has quickly sold.
Lugano, 215 Clarke St, Northcote VIC

'Eminence on Ruckers Hill'


Expressions of Interest Closing Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 3pm.

Last sold in 2017 for $3.53 million.

A spectacular five bedroom, three bathroom Federation Queen Anne style landmark,

Lugano, one of the great houses of Melbourne's inner north, is one of the rich stories of residential Melbourne.

This property has recently undergone an 'Edwardian' internal renovation.

Click here to compare the two renovation styles.

Built by Lawrence Edwards in 1912, the glorious elevation here is noteworthy on its own – the city skyline barely interrupted – but it’s the interiors that leave you awestruck.


Read more about Lugano, Northcote VIC

37 George Street, Greenwich NSW

Generous Federation Home with World Class Views


This Federation-era house boasts a handsome facade, complete with sandstone foundations and clipped hedges, but its location is arguably the star attraction.

Set on a generous block near Leemon Reserve, the traditional c1907 residence enjoys iconic views of Sydney’s CBD and Greenwich Peninsula.

A wide wraparound verandah, stained-glass windows, hardwood floors and decorative ceilings are some of the period highlights.

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'Dawn', 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill NSW - SOLD

Unique and rich in 20th century history

This magnificent Federation estate is one of Bellevue Hill's oldest and most significant properties.

Set discreetly behind cascading gardens, the c1916 residence reflects elegance through exquisite living spaces.


$10.75m buyer of ‘Dawn’ revealed as fund manager Ben Finger

  • The $10.75 million buyer of the Bellevue Hill mansion owned by Jodee Rich’s family for close to 40 years has been revealed as property fund manager Ben Finger.

  • Ben Finger is the son of architect Harold Finger OAM, and the father-and-son team are principals in the Haben Property Team.​

  • It was most recently the home of Gayl Rich, widow of the late Steven Rich who created Traveland. Her son Jodee was a principal of phone company OneTel fame and founder of the social networking website PeopleBrowsr.

History of "Dawn" aka 'Beaulieu' aka 'Retlas'

​There’s no doubt the Bulkara Rd property, which apart from having a 'Rich' history, has a colourful history as well.

  • August 1938 - Re-named as 'Retlas' by Mrs. L. Salter, as a new 'home of revelry' at 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill

  • October 1938 - the home of Mrs. Chandler at 73, Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill.

  • May 1945 - the residence of William H. Browning, prominent AJC fielder, who specialised in doubles and betting on interstate events. Browning is also known as the 'Polar Bear'.

  • In the 1940s it was owned by the bookmaker William Browning, who passed it down to his son, Arthur, also a bookie and a friend of Sir Frank Packer.

​Read more about "Dawn" aka 'Beaulieu' aka 'Retlas'