Centennial Park Surprise Sale
Updated: Feb 15, 2020
‘The Crossways’ – A Magnificent Parkside Estate
Set on dress-circle Martin Road, Crossways was built in 1908 for surgeon Dr Gordon Craig and designed by architectural firm Waterhouse and Lake.
In the 1990s, architect Espie Dods undertook a renovation on behalf of former McGuigan Wines director James Smiley and his wife, Jane.
Crossways is set to hit the market with a $15.5 million price guide.
The six-bedroom, five bathroom residence set a suburb record when it last sold in 2006 to Louise Zavattaro for $10 million, although techie billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes topped that in 2015 when he bought his Braelin for $12 million.
The home on 1814sqm ranks as one of the finest examples of the Federation Arts & Crafts style in Australia.The buyer then was pinpointed as art collector Naomi Triguboff Travers, by the local paper, The Wentworth Courier.The sale, if confirmed, betters the previous record by $3 million.
“An exceptionally rare offering within the exclusive enclave bordered by Centennial Park, this is a majestic three-storey 1908 Arts & Crafts residence, set on a 1,814sqm parcel of prime parkside land with dual street access.
“This classic home is nestled amid manicured Paul Bangay designed gardens, complete with expanses of level lawn, a hedge-framed pool, water feature and loggia.
“Its highly versatile layout accommodates up to six or seven bedrooms and 5.5 marble bathrooms, including a lavish master wing with a dressing room, a private au pair quarters/teen retreat and an annexed self-contained guest wing with its own entry.
Its abundance of entertaining space includes
a grand formal lounge room
a dining room/library with a bar area,
study and casual entertaining space encompassing
a solid timber La Cornue gas kitchen with a butler’s pantry.
devoted to recreation, the lower level contains a vast billiard room and a gym.
“The 1814-square-metre property was renovated extensively in the 1990s by architect Espie Dods for then owners, former McGuigan Wines director James Smiley and his wife, Jane, who set a suburb record in 2006 when they sold it for $10 milli