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  • Writer's pictureJon Ruwolt

Dress Circle Federation in NSW

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

1. A magnificent Wahroonga home: 'Maltoende' is re-advertised:

‘Maltoende’ is one of Sydney’s finest examples of early 1900 Federation architecture, flawlessly preserved, stately and beautiful.

  • The property includes a north/south tennis court and pool.

  • Sprawling rooms extend to decks, terraces and balconies, allowing space to rest or entertain.

  • The home’s flexible floorplan is perfect for large families and includes an expansive family room, formal dining, casual dining, home office/gym and studio.

  • The country-inspired gourmet kitchen is warm and inviting, boasting commercial grade cooker and marble-topped island.

  • The first floor hosts five spacious and bright bedrooms, including the master with ensuite, WIR and balcony, while a self-contained wing provides ideal accommodations for guests, with kitchenette and balcony.

  • This property is Local Heritage Listed with Ku-Ring-Gai Council.

  • Sales listing and photographs: 32 GROSVENOR STREET, WAHROONGA


Ku-Ring-Gai Council has 26 State Heritage listed sites, and 688(!) Local Heritage listed sites;

Here are my pick of the 30 best Federation houses in this council area.

3. And yet another luxury Federation Home available in Sydney tests the Spring market:

'Reka Dom', 38 Lucretia Avenue, Longueville NSW 2066

Spectacularly positioned on Longueville’s best street with sweeping views over Woodford Bay, you will find the stately federation residence ‘Reka Dom’ (circa. 1900).

  • Private from the street and set amongst beautiful established gardens, the home has had just four owners in its 119-year history.

  • Set on 1,227 sqm of north-east facing near level land, the grand residence is surrounded by lush gardens, opening onto a large level lawn and spectacular swimming pool.

On the upper level there are four bedrooms, two with private balconies, a study or fifth bedroom and three bathrooms across the two levels.

  • The sensational light filled kitchen and casual dining room opens onto a large entertaining terrace and wrap around verandahs provide multiple sitting areas to enjoy the sweeping views with complete privacy.

  • Enquiries to Adam Ross, Knight Frank Sydney

4. Less is More:

(You don't say...) Architects are discovering that keeping some of the old features of our homes can be more sustainable than installing new materials and technology.

Architect Luisa Manfredini has a new string to her bow these days: when trying to convince clients to save lovely old cedar skirtings, doors, floorboards and light fittings in their homes, she argues on the basis of sustainability.  

  • Manfredini, whose mainly “alts and adds” practice has a heritage focus, says that 10 to 15 years ago, clients wanted to rip out everything and replace it with new materials and features.

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