In the annals of Sydney real estate history, Vaucluse homes with the iconic gun barrel view across Sydney Harbour have held a prestige standing since the construction of the Harbour Bridge (although the ‘Manhattanisation’ of Darling Point in the immediate post-war years is what truly propelled the desirability of Vaucluse). Enter 1 Gilliver Avenue, a home that pre-dates the Vaucluse rush, but seems to have always maintained a certain state of elegance. The c1912 home sits at one of Vaucluse’s highest points, both in terms of elevation and prestige. The home traded in a an unrenovated state in Aug 2001 for $3.4m; within a year of its sale, the new owners put forth a $550k development application to the Woollahra Council for the addition of an “underground garage, one storey pavilion in rear yard, swimming pool with two storey cabana and associated fencing.” Add in a William Dangar-designed garden and landscaping and 10 years and now the owners are looking to sell the home with $8m+ expectations.
Overall, the renovation was a definite improvement (although we’d love to see images of the subterranean garaging and a floor plan) and ensuring all four bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms is a definite boon in the luxury market. On the down side, the integration of the modern rear and the historic front wasn’t necessarily seamless, but the continuity of the rusticated sandstone edifice provides a necessary anchor for the home. Overall, it looks to be a good price for the quality and position of the home and the impressive size of the parcel. We’re glad to see the owners did not overbuild on the site, nor did they scrap the not-Heritage Listed Arts & Crafts home in favour of a manse far more obtrusive.
D’Leanne Lewis of Laing + Simmons Double Bay has the listing: 1 Gilliver Avenue, Vaucluse
Click below for more images of the renovation and interiors!