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  • Writer's pictureJon Ruwolt

Centennial Park Surprise Sale

Updated: Feb 15, 2020

The outstanding Federation Arts and Crafts mansion Crossways is set for sale again, with a $15.5 million guide through Pillinger’s Brad Pillinger and Blaise Griffin.

‘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 million.

Read More: (Archived) Crossways – Centennial Park

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