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Lugano, 215 Clarke St, Northcote VIC

'Lugano' - Eminence on Ruckers Hill


Expressions of Interest Closing Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 3pm.

A spectacular five bedroom, three bathroom Federation Queen Anne style landmark,

Lugano, one of the great houses of Melbourne's inner north, is one of the rich stories of residential Melbourne.

Built by Lawrence Edwards in 1912, the glorious elevation here is noteworthy on its own – the city skyline barely interrupted – but it’s the interiors that leave you awestruck.

Lugano, 215 Clarke St, Northcote VIC
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'Lugano' is a beautiful and complex Edwa

While the foyer’s columned archway is a suitably stunning introduction, you only have to jag left where bedroom one immediately ups the ante.

It’s here you see the first of the incredible pressed metal ceilings. This one – Four Seasons – has cherub cameos each representing a different time of year. Then there’s the superb leadlight bay window with city views, and the lovely timber overmantle.

It keeps getting more remarkable as you go beyond the arch to the fine timber study and then two further bedrooms, the main showcasing a lovely tulip motif ceiling and excellent en suite.

The restored showpiece on the crest of Ruckers Hill had changed hands just five times since it was built in 1912.

At the time of the sale, Brace Real Estate’s Julian Butera said the home had long been regarded as the jewel in Northcote’s crown.

“It’s in a league of its own and vastly incomparable to anything else we’ve ever seen before,” Mr Butera said.

Retired food and mining industry boss Don Taig had finally sold his century-old Northcote home — to a couple who live just a few houses away.

Online marketing consultant Linh Trinh and his fiancee Keri bought Lugano, atop Ruckers Hill at 215 Clarke St, for an undisclosed price.

Jellis Craig, Fitzroy, selling agent Sam Rigopoulos had been quoting $3.5-$3.85 million for the property since it was relisted in February, after failing to sell during an auction campaign last year.

Mr Taig meticulously restored the 1912 Federation-style house to its original condition after purchasing it in 1990, with CoreLogic records showing he paid $610,000.

Both Lugano and neighbour Mandalay houses are notable and substantially intact examples of the Queen Anne style in Northcote, and are distinctive for their elevated siting, picturesque composition and mirror image plans.


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'Dawn', 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill NSW
'Dawn', 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill NSW
'Dawn', 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill NSW

'Dawn', 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill NSW

Unique and rich in 20th century history

This magnificent Federation estate is one of Bellevue Hill's oldest and most significant properties.

Set discreetly behind cascading gardens, the c1916 residence reflects elegance through exquisite living spaces.

The flexible floorplan showcases yesteryear features of marble archways and leadlight windows, while wooden doors spill onto palatial verandahs that overlook romantic gardens and Sydney Harbour. 

'Dawn', aka 'Beaulieu', is hidden away behind a high fence and mature garden and is constructed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.

It has high aesthetic significance for the relatively intact condition of the external envelope and as a fine example of the style.

The building, which has been modified internally, also has significance for the remaining detailing such as the Art Nouveau leadlight windows, tiled fireplaces, and timber detailing

Although the house is hidden from view, the garden has high aesthetic significance for the abundance of mature vegetation which adds to the leafy character of the immediate area.

The house has social significance as one of the large residences built in the area . 

One of the first homes built in Bellevue Hill and held by the current owners for 40 years, a sensitive restoration was undertaken in the 1980s under the guidance of renowned Australian architect Ian McKay (1932-2015).

'Dawn', 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill NSW
'Lugano' - Eminence on Ruckers Hill Expressions of Interest Closing Tuesday 27th November at 3pm A spectacular five bedroom, three bathroom Federation Queen Anne style landmark
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History of "Dawn" aka 'Beaulieu' aka 'Retlas'

There’s no doubt the Bulkara Rd property, which apart from having a 'Rich' history, has a colourful history as well.


$10.75m buyer of ‘Dawn’ revealed as fund manager Ben Finger

  • The $10.75 million buyer of the Bellevue Hill mansion owned by Jodee Rich’s family for close to 40 years has been revealed as property fund manager Ben Finger.

    • Ben Finger is the son of architect Harold Finger OAM, and the father-and-son team are principals in the Haben Property Team.​

  • It was most recently the home of Gayl Rich, widow of the late Steven Rich who created Traveland. Her son Jodee was a principal of phone company OneTel fame and founder of the social networking website PeopleBrowsr.

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37 George Street, Greenwich NSW
37 George Street, Greenwich NSW
37 George Street, Greenwich NSW
Greenwich ferry stop

37 George Street, Greenwich NSW 

Generous Federation Home with World Class Views

Auction - Unless Sold prior, on Sat 8 Dec 2018 at 12:15pm.

This Federation-era house boasts a handsome facade, complete with sandstone foundations and clipped hedges, but its location is arguably the star attraction.


Set on a generous block near Leemon Reserve, the traditional c1907 residence enjoys iconic views of Sydney’s CBD and Greenwich Peninsula.

A wide wraparound verandah, stained-glass windows, hardwood floors and decorative ceilings are some of the period highlights.

37 George Street, Greenwich NSW

Positioned high on the Greenwich Peninsula, this sun drenched, rear-to-north facing Federation home circa 1907, offers sublime panoramic views that are quintessentially Sydney.

Gaze out over the glimmering expanse of the harbour from the wide warp-around verandah and take in Harbour Bridge and the iconic city skyline. 

A home of historic character and grace, with elegantly maintained interiors. 
Featuring High ornate ceilings, different in every room and original timber floors. Generous bedrooms and expansive hallways, wonderful flow-through design between elegant formal lounge and dining rooms.
Provincial style eat-in kitchen flowing onto alfresco dining and pool area.
Rear north aspect and beautifully landscaped gardens.

These George Street residences are historically significant as largely intact  late Federation dwellings which is one of a group of similar dwellings along that section of George Street, many of which were also built by Joe Vaskess.

It was built as part of a continuous streetscape of similar scale and style dwellings and contributes aesthetically to the streetscape of George Street.

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