Haberfield Federation home Windsor Lea
A Federation-style home in Haberfield is being sold for the first time since it was built about 110 years ago:
Story by Jonathan Chancellor. June 26, 2021
Windsor Lea, a Federation home in Haberfield, has been listed for July 17 auction.
It is set to sell for the first time since it was built some 110 years ago.
McGrath agent Michael Tringali has a $2.6 million to $2.8 million guide.
The vendors of the 1910 Hawthorne Parade home are prominent Sydney sisters Sue, Christine and Joy Smithers.
Sue and Joy featured on the cover of photographer, William Yang’s book, Sydney Diary, which is an honest and unabashed portrait of Sydney in the 1970s and 80s, a time of cultural renewal and new identity.
and they feature in a documentary on Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, "Step into Paradise". the first major in-depth survey of Australian designers and artists, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, which opened at the Powerhouse Museum on Thursday 17 October 2019.
Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise captures the dynamic energy of the designers and their creative partnership.
Windsor Lea had become the home of their parents, Len and Alice in the 1970s.
The sisters are the grand daughter’s of the inventor Dr Ernie Smithers, whose most notable invention was the jaffle iron, which he patented in 1949.
He was also responsible for the design and development of the Surfoplane inflated corrugated rubber surf mat.
The 1910 park-side home was built by their great grandmother, Kezia Miller,
who was named after her convict descendant, gardener’s labourer Kezia Brown
who been convicted of stealing clothing from her Gloucester, England, employer and then sentenced in 1790 to seven years’ jail in Australia.
She was transported on the convict ship Neptune, the voyage that had the highest mortality rate in the history of transportation.
The three bedroom home, with tiled front veranda, has ornate fireplaces.
The sitting room opens to a garden featuring a rear shed painted by the Bali-based artist Ian Van Wieringen:
"Bursting with original charm and potential, this beautiful Federation residence presents an unmissable opportunity in a desirable parkside location."
"It's just moments from light rail, Haberfield shops, MarketPlace Leichhardt, quality schools and The Bay Run."
Period features and high ceilings complement the interiors
Separate lounge and dining areas, both have ornate fireplaces
Sitting room opens to a large sun filled garden with ample lawn
Original style kitchen featuring plenty of cupboard space
Three generously sized bedrooms, two are enhanced by park views
Two bathrooms, internal laundry with direct access to outside
Wide side access to the backyard, ample off street parking