Grand residence is like `stepping back in time’
IT is well-known to motorists travelling along Pennant Hills Rd, now this art deco revival style residence has achieved the highest price in Carlingford this year after selling for $2.65m.
The 1940s built home — believed to be only one of two of its kind left in Sydney — has been recently restored with the exception of its bathroom which was left mostly untouched.
Agent David Ryan from Harcourts Parramatta said while the property has been modernised it is like stepping back in time.
“It is certainly unique, there is nothing else like it in Carlingford and everyone knows of the house because it has a 49m wide frontage and is prominent,’’ he said.
“When you walk up to the property, the architecture just hits you and when you step inside, it just washes over you with its distinctive curved entry and use of sandstone.’’
The property was named `Bluebird’ by its original owner Mr Witter, a prominent Parramatta businessman who had the house commissioned in 1948.
His favourite song was the `Bluebird of Happiness’ and as part of the design he had 22 ceramic birds positioned on the concrete slab separating the lower and upper floor of the home located at 252 Pennant Hills Rd.
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According to CoreLogic RP Data, the property was sold in February 2009 as part of his estate for $968,000.
It was then lovingly restored by its new owner who left the birds in place. She also framed a naming certificate and several versions of the lyrics to the song for the next owner when the residence was listed for sale.
While there was some interest from developers due to its 1492 sqm land size, the property — which isn’t heritage listed — was purchased by family who intend to run a business from the home.
The sale is the highest residential sale recorded in Carlingford this year and the third highest overall result.
The suburb record is held by 18 Rickard Street which sold for $2.9m in October 2017.
The property `Bluebird’, which is made by handcrafted bricks, features a special acoustic ceiling in the lounge room to amplify the piano which once sat underneath it. Other art-deco relics include a giant glass sliding door with an etched scene of two deers, and a beautiful stair statue in gold.
It has a chimney with an archway that you can walk through out onto the upper level terrace.
A wine cellar was added in the 1970s and has been purpose built to keep wine at the perfect temperature.
The home is believed to have been designed by the same architect of another art deco revival home called `Meadow Lea’ located on the North Shore.
“We had a lot of buyers through who just love this era of design and most of them were surprised by the size of the home and also just how quiet it is inside,’’ Mr Ryan said.