• Jon Ruwolt

Charming Federation Bungalow, 'Tallawalla'

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

The Federation Bungalow style combines the simple qualities of the bungalow while frequently retaining the flair and idiosyncrisies of the Queen Anne style, although usually in simplified form.

'Tallawalla' is a c1905 Federation Bungalow, and is one of Epping's pioneer homes.


New street records set in Epping

Shayne Collier The Daily Telegraph NOVEMBER 7, 2019


A crowd of about 100 turned up for the auction in November 2019 of a Federation house ‘Tallawalla’ (an Aboriginal word meaning ‘to sit down’) at 57 Kent St, Epping, NSW.

Wayne Vaughan from McGrath – Epping said one of the seven registered buyers decided to give it their all, having bid earlier, without success, on another Federation beauty around the corner. Mr Vaughan said his downsizer vendors, who bought the property 24 years ago, were in shock after the event.

  • That buyer’s participation in the Kent St auction wasn’t enough to ensure their success the second time around but it encouraged strong competition.

  • This pushed the bidding between the parties to a new street record of $2.68 million.

  • Mr Vaughan could not disclose the reserve on the property that was advertised with a price guide of $2 million-$2.2 million.

  • The new owners of the restored and renovated house on 841sqm are a family who “live within the community”.

The living room has an Edwardian fireplace mantle and Art Nouveau leadlight glass in a traditional casement window set, with Gothic-inspired small panes in the transom above.


The wrap-around verandah has typical bungalow-style brick verandah columns, surmounted by Art Nouveau-inspired decorative timber designs. Notice the two-tone brickwork ("liver" and "red-brick"), and tuck-pointed mortar effect, with a band of darker brickwork at head-height.

The modernised kitchen still maintains the traditional timber flooring and original Edwardian timber window frames.

Complex Bungalow style roof design, showing three gables and Art Nouveau verandah decoration.
  • 'Tallawalla' welcomes with a beautiful wraparound verandah

  • Spacious interiors have grand halls and separate living zones

  • Elegant formal living and dining area features a fireplace

  • Sun drenched courtyard amidst beautifully maintained gardens

  • Modern stone crafted kitchen has premium gas appliances

  • Four well presented bedrooms, large master opens to verandah

  • Charming main bathroom presents shower over clawfoot bathtub

  • High decorative ceilings, timber floors, stained glass windows

  • Ready to enjoy now with scope to add future personal touches

  • Near Epping West Public, Cheltenham Girls' and Epping Boys

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Path to Epping Station through Boronia Park, Epping