In 1905, the land hugging the western portion of Centennial Park was subdivided in order to raise funds for the landscaping of the young park. The two parkfront roads - Lang and Martin - quickly became home to prominent early-20th Century mansions for Sydney’s elite. Initially, Lang Road was perceived to be slightly more prestigious owing in part to its higher elevation and proximity to the Oxford Street tramway and neigbhouring amenities. However, today, Martin Road trumps Lang Road thanks to the latter developing into a major arterial road while the former dead ends. Devon, a prominent home situated at the northern end of Martin Road at number 6, was built soon after the subdivision of the area by architect-owner Arthur Leslie Bayley in the Federation Arts & Crafts style. Bayley’s home was exceeding modern for the time, especially when compared to its far more restrained and conservative - yet still contemporaneous - neighbour to the north ‘Muralla’.
Today, Devon listed with $8m+ expectations through BradfieldCleary agent Simon Strahorn. The home last floated around the open market in 2006 without any takers. The current owners acquired the property in 1989 for the not insignificant sum of $1.85m. The home, although maintaining stunning interior woodworking, casement windows, and ceiling treatments, still leaves much to be desired for a high-end home. However, Devon is located in one of Sydney’s most prestigious non-harbourfront settings; the Radical Terrace will even gladly argue that Martin Road is the best non-water view locale in the city. $8m+ expectations seem fitting with past sales on the road and, for the size of Devon’s parcel, indicate that it’s priced as a fixer-upper:
- 50 Martin Road, $10m, 1,814sqm, 2006
- 12 Martin Road, $10m, 803sqm, 2008
- DEVON, 6 MARTIN ROAD, $8m+ ??, 1,240sqm, 2012?
- 14 Martin Road, $8m, 797sqm, 2009
- 10 Martin Road, $6.55m, 809sqm, 2008
- 56 Martin Road, $4.815m, 626sqm, 2011
The privileges of calling Centennial Park your front yard are great (not to mention the honour of never having to pay for parking at the Entertainment Quarter again). And we hope that the future owner will honour the home as much as the Radical Terrace enjoys perving on its edifice during our many stoned walks and bike rides along the great road of Martin.
The listing: ‘Devon’, 6 Martin Road, Centennial Park
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