Character home built by former Drummoyne Mayor Sir Thomas Henley sells after two weeks


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No. 28 Fitzroy Ave in Balmain has sold for above its $2.8 million guide.

A Fitzroy Ave home in Balmain once belonging to the former Mayor of Drummoyne has for sold after just two weeks via private treaty.

It was marked sold on Friday by Belle Property Balmain principal Lynsey Kemp for an undisclosed price. Ms Kemp however confirmed that the price is above the $2.8 million guide she had been quoting the campaign.

The three-bedroom Victorian Italianate terrace named Herbertville, is located at 28 Fitzroy Ave and was built by former Mayor Sir Thomas Henley in 1891.

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Ms Kemp said the home received a lot of interest due to its charm from a mixed bag of local families and one from Singapore.

Character in the main bedroom.

“The property sold quickly because of its unique location, views, potential and overall charm,” she said.

“Buyers loved the historic aspect of the home, as well as the stunning outlook and its location,’ she said.

Sir Henley served as mayor four times for the Drummoyne Municipal Council between 1898 and 1934. He also represented Burwood in the NSW Legislative Assembly from 1904 to 1917 for the Liberal Reform and Nationalist parties.

It has views towards Cockatoo Island.

There is a distressed feature wall.

Before becoming a politician, Sir Henley was an English-born plasterer who moved to Australia in 1884 where he continued to ply his trade.

Shortly after he became a bit of a property developer by buying up huge chunks of land in Balmain, Petersham, Five Dock and Drummoyne. He built on some blocks like 28 Fitzroy Ave and subdivided others for sale at £10 deposit, 6 per cent interest and repayment over five years, according to historic records from the City of Canada Bay.

The home has been preserved by the current vendors who have done an array of upgrades.

The home blends the old with the new.

They are also selling the home with DA approved plans for a bathroom in the basement, which will take the number of bathrooms in the home to two.

Boasting direct access to Dawn Fraser Baths, the terrace has high ornate ceilings, timber floors, leadlight windows, ironlace balconies and a kitchen that flows to an outdoor terrace.

It also has a formal lounge and separate dining room that flows to the open plan kitchen with gas cooking. The kitchen flows out to an outdoor terrace, while a basement below can be used as a home office.


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