Home to the Hordern family, one of Australia's most important and influential dynasties, this is an offering entrenched in the nation's history. Occupying a magnificent 2700sqm (approx.) parcel on the highest part of one of Sydney's most prestigious streets, this unique family estate is presented to the market for the first time since construction in 1935.
Arguably the finest example of the renowned architect Professor Leslie Wilkinson's iconic style and one of his personal favourites, the residence effortlessly embodies classical and Mediterranean influences.
Designed with a strong balance between the artistic sensibilities of European fashion and the distinct demands of the Australian climate, the home captures Wilkinson's central tenet that a building must work seamlessly with its environment. To that end, palatial interiors open to breathtaking views and streaming natural light of the prized northern outlook.
Flooded with sunshine and embracing spectacular vistas that stretch from the Bridge, Opera House and city to Middle Harbour and beyond, the landscaped grounds are truly remarkable. Sandstone terraces and pool area overlook sweeping lawns and diverse flora. Mature trees include avocado, citrus, frangipani and magnolia. An antique marble fountain and a unique garden tunnel contribute to the rare appeal.
Impressively well-proportioned and crafted to function as a stage for grand formal occasions and intimate family gatherings alike, there is a wealth of entertaining spaces. Beloved by members of European royalty and aristocratic society, this extraordinary residence has entertained such dignitaries as Prince Philip and Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The property is inextricably linked to the history of the family itself, with the Horderns having played a central role in Australian life for almost 200 years. Renowned retailers, the family business ‘Anthony Hordern & Sons' became Sydney's flagship department store, once the world's largest. Avid stockbreeders and equestrians, they owned winning horses in both the Melbourne and the Caulfield Cup. And, as noted pastoralists and philanthropists, the Hordern Pavilion was named in their honour.
Extremely versatile, the current configuration has 8 bedrooms, 2 offices with 5.5 bathrooms and 2 gas kitchens, including a self-contained apartment adjoining the 2-car garage. There is a reception room, a family room, a formal dining room and a stately sitting room. The main entrance incorporates a generous curved driveway and a charming portico with courtyard. Additional features include gas heating, air conditioning, polished floors, soaring ceilings, fireplaces, storerooms and a large cellar.
Well placed, it is walking distance to Cranbrook School and The Scots College, and minutes' drive to Ascham, Kambala and Kincoppal. Double Bay Village is just down the hill, as are Murray Rose Pool and Rose Bay. The local area contains some of Sydney's best parks and beaches and is close to the city centre.
An icon of unrivalled stature and grace designed to be appreciated within the context of decades and generations, this exceptional property proudly sits in history as one of Australia's most celebrated family estates.