• Jon Ruwolt

Rare Appian Way house

Updated: Aug 12, 2019


Happy New Year to you all. Over the summer break I have been beavering away and posted a few new pages; "Appian Way Burwood", and now "Neutral Bay Heritage".

Neutral Bay, just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, has a collection of both Victorian era and Federation era housing, not to mention the ubiquitous apartment houses which followed. 'Stylish' Neutral Bay also has some great Federation Arts and Crafts designs and houses by Federation era architects B. J. Waterhouse, Jeaffreson Jackson and Walter Liberty Vernon.​


Two significant Federation houses are on the market at the moment:

At the luxury end: Centennial Park mansion Walshome is on the market - which is a grand Victorian built in the Federation era (1906-1908) at 12 Lang Rd, Centennial Park NSW and hoping for a sale price of many millions.

The property at 12 Lang Rd, Centennial Park was one of the first to be built in the early 1900s housing estate, making it among the oldest homes in Centennial Park. Built between 1906 and 1908 for Fred Walsh, the Consul-General for Honduras at the time, Walshome is an example of Federation Romanesque design.

Much of the two-storey home’s original features remain intact and were meticulously restored around 15 years ago when the property last changed hands (after that notorious hail storm).

In 2003 some significant modifications were carried out including a garage built at the rear of the 950 sqm block, a second level added to the coach house creating a separate studio, and a contemporary kitchen and dining room plus rooftop terrace with city views.


In Appian Way, 'Brianza' at 3 Appian Way has come on to the market (again). This is the only original two-storey home surviving the original development, with a westerly view to the central Appian Way recreational reserve and tennis courts. Naturally the sellers are hoping for a result over $4 million, but that might be tempered by the current downturn in Sydney home prices.

“Very few properties like this one come on the market,”

“When a property like this comes up you get people coming from everywhere.”

It has been a very active 18 months for the Appian Way, with No. 15 selling for $4.35 million in May 2017, while No. 18 sold in March this year for $4.85 million.

This offering caused me to add the "Appian Way" page, which is a revision of the Appian Way pages archived at www.federationhome.com (moved from wikispaces.com, which closed down in 2018). There I have added previews of 4 Appian Way and 5 Appian Way, which are both iconic Federation designs.

More recently I have updated the "Arts and Crafts" page and the "Federation Arts and Crafts" page. Which led to the compiling of the great "Federation Arts and Crafts Houses of NSW", and of "Arts and Crafts Houses of Victoria", and finally of "Other Regions", which is not yet complete.

My fascination for the "Arts and Crafts" period has coincided with an overseas tour offered by the Historic Houses Association this year:

"English Arts and Crafts Houses, Gardens and Collections" for Historic Houses Association of Australia - led by Dr James Broadbent AM during 21 June – 8 July 2019.


Further details are from Historic Houses Association of Australia Limited,

Lindesay, 1A Carthona Avenue, Darling point, NSW 2027Ph 02 9252 5554

Email enquiries@hha.net.au

Web www.hha.net.au/tours

Enjoy what remains of summer,

Regards

Jon