Essington at 34-36 Gordon Crescent today (above) and an original advertising parcel map dated 1885, 3 years prior to the home’s construction (below).
Gordon Crescent, hugging the railroad easement in the suburb of Stanmore, is a unique pocket of Victorian manor homes in the Inner West. The developers likely built a string of imposing homes facing the newly built railroad tracks to advertise to passengers the prestige homes in their housing estate. One such example is the heritage-listed c1888 Essington, located at 34-36 Gordon Crescent. The home, which listed this week, also happens to be the Stanmore price record holder, as far as the Radical Terrace can tell. It was in September 2009 that the 10-bedroom home sold for $2.5m (it later sold for just $2.3m last March). Now, without any internal renovations that we can ascertain, the home is back on the market for nearly $700k more than what it traded for 17 months ago. Virginia Nicoll, of recent Radical Terrace drama, has the listing. Is it worth the price? It definitely needs some internal work to get the home up-to-date, but its architectural heritage is significant.
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