22 Warrawee Avenue, Warrawee


Method of sale

SOLD


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Features

- 2640sqm Estate
- 6 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
- Ensuite
- Formal dining
- Billiard room
- Family room
- Sunroom
- Study
- Pavilion
- Security
- Tennis Court (N/S)
- Pool, spa, sauna
- Detached accommodation

Description

If you have a taste for grand-scale, heritage architecture combined with all the comforts and facilities of modern living, you will appreciate Kirkoswald, celebrated six-bedroom, fairy-tale home set in 2,640 square metres of landscaped gardens on Sydney's Upper North Shore.

Created by J. Burcham Clamp in 1906, this architectural jewel and idyllic family residence flows in a remarkably contemporary way. Exceedingly romantic, it feels relaxed, grand without being oppressive, excitingly 'period' yet totally relevant to a 21st century family accustomed to great style.

The enduring spirit of the times
Don't let the gorgeous levels of velour-green lawns, antique bronze fountain and manicured gardens lull you into a time-warp. Undoubtedly graced with antique solidity and unbeatable charm, this is not a home stuck in the last century. Kirkoswold is a modern 'classic' in the sense that it feels as fresh in spirit today as the day the last timber shingle was put into position.

An exciting example of the Victorian Free Style, it combines refined Victorian detailing – exquisite briar-rose patterned stained glass windows and pressed ceilings, timber architraves, 12-foot ceilings and 5 fireplaces – with the stream-lined, open-plan freshness, high light levels and flowing sight lines of the Federation age. Subtle additions such as fresh, custom-made English wool carpets, reverse-cycle air-conditioning, underfloor heating, and sensitive restorations of heritage fittings such as brass and cedar fittings and Victorian claw baths and basins make this mansion sparkle.

Alongside the pool is a full-size indoor spa and Swedish sauna, commercial, six-burner barbeque, North-facing heated pool and glassed in lounge rooms perfect for relaxing come rain or shine. A huge modern kitchen gives convenient access to entertaining and indoor lounge areas.

Designed for family and children of all ages, it offers a myriad of convenient play areas, contained gardens, full size N/S tennis court and library and billiard room with full-size billiard table. There are even separate quarters above the triple garage for nanny, gardener or that long-staying guest!

A house of adventure and romance
Featuring a rare combination of tower, steeple and turret, it is a design epitomising fantasy and adventure. It is a place built for great staircase descents, of memorable moments from master bedroom to billiard room, of candle-lit dinners for two beneath the famous pentagonal turret and parties on the gorgeous, terraced lawn.

Sit on one of the world's great summer-time verandahs, high on the hill and watch giant highland butterflies drift among the flowering crabapples to understand. Full-back to base security allows you total relaxation once inside. You can truly close the doors to the world and open your doors to entertain your family, friends and overseas visitors in lavish style.

To own Kirkoswold is to become a living part of Australia's design history. There are only a handful of homes of this architectural calibre with such a relaxed layout in the whole of Sydney. Built with pride and vision, it requires spirited owners to match. Do you have the character and sense of fun to 'fill' this magnificent house?

A supremely inspiring position
Beyond obvious pedigree features – a heritage design on a generous block in a handsome suburb – what elevates Kirkoswold into a category unto itself is an unparalleled geographical position at one of the vantage points of the Upper North Shore. Local boys were once paid sixpence a week by the owners to sit in the famous turret and keep their eyes peeled for bushfires over summer.

The suburb of Warrawee, named from the aboriginal word meaning 'rest awhile' or 'stop here' is just 20 km from Sydney. Along with Turramurra and Wahroonga, it makes up the third point in the great garden triangle of the Northern Highlands. You only need to stroll around the wonderful gardens, planted in a lush English style, to appreciate their uniqueness. Enter through the great sandstone pillars of an entrance flanked by liquid ambar, pass the giant 100-year-old conifer and continue on to Japanese maples, port-wine and evergreen Magnolias, lilly-pillies and adult camellias. Masses of climbing roses echo the briar-rose motif of the interior.

Kirkoswold offers instant transport to another world far from the stress of city life, yet with conveniences remarkably close by. Chatswood is 15 minutes away, cosy local villages, private schools and major shopping complexes such as Westfield approximately five minutes. Access to Sydney airport via the Eastern Distributor an easy 35 minutes.

 

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