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- Panoramic views
- Absolute waterfront access
- Show-quality gardens and entertaining areas
- 4 bed/3 bath
- Guest suite/office with sep. entry
- Sitting room and formal dining
- Heating, security & watering system
- 2 car garaging
A rare chance to be part of history in a cherished harbourside property
An architectural treasure, an exclusive harbour suburb, a deep view
across tranquil waters with the CBD just minutes away: properties as
special as this one with absolute waterfront access change hands very
A fine example of nineteenth century
architecture, Karlsruhe has been sympathetically modified for contemporary
living by internationally renowned Australian architect, Glen Murcutt.
The shuttered French windows, etched glass panels, timber fireplaces
and tiled hearths of the interior are enhanced by light, breezy and eminently
usable living spaces.
Hundred year old camellias frame the entrance along with romantic stained
weatherboard and complete return verandah in the Anglo-Indian style.
On this upper level, bedrooms, a bathroom and formal and informal living
areas are ranged around a broad hallway. Every room opens onto the deep
verandah, a feature that permits cooling sea breezes to drift through
the house and allows living spaces to spill out under the shelter of
the graceful awnings. The verandah’s slim cast iron posts and fine
balustrade frame a view that stretches from Longueville to Hunters Hill
to Woolwich and across the treetops to the peaks of the city skyline.
The sandstone used to build the lower storey was excavated on site. Here,
a handsome kitchen and dining room lead out onto a landscaped courtyard.
This storey also houses a bedroom and ensuite currently used to accommodate
guests, another full size bathroom and an expansive laundry.
The impressive architectural qualities of the home are inspirational,
yet there is ample room for customising the property with a minimum of
effort. The original shingle-roofed bathhouse in the rear garden might
be developed as part of the outdoor entertaining area or be transformed
into a fairytale cubby house or studio. The extensive area under the
house could easily accommodate a wine cellar. And the ground floor guest
quarters might be used as a comfortable home office.
The camellias at the front of the house preside over re-instated circular
garden beds, their vintage and character lending a warm, cottage feel
to this deceptively spacious property. At the rear, a paved courtyard
shaded by a magnificent jacaranda provides a stylish venue for formal
and informal entertaining. Until recently, the gardens were a popular
part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme.
Directly below the house, a bright flotilla of yachts floats on the deep
waters of Woodford Bay. The property has direct access to the water,
making it easy to maintain a sailing vessel or to encourage guests to
arrive by water. The sandy beach a perfect place to fish or picnic – of
course children will swim and play.
The fact that these cherished properties are so tightly held is the reason
why Northwood’s charms are little known outside the area.
Northwood was established in the late nineteenth century with a scattering
of distinguished properties (Karlsruhe is the second oldest home in the
By the mid-20th century it had gained a reputation as an artist’s
colony: these are the waters that inspired Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley,
among others. Today this exclusive harbour suburb nestled between Greenwich
and Longueville is the best kept secret of an elite group of professionals.
This tranquil harbourside refuge is just 6km from the CBD. Commuting
by car can take as little as 10 minutes, buses at door or stroll to Northwood
Wharf and make the trip by ferry. Cosmopolitan Lane Cove shopping village
St Leonards and North Sydney commercial centre and an impressive array
of private and public schools are all within easy reach.