Fan club favourite selling in Sydney owned by notable

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Fans of this Sydney style love an original and this one is untouched since built.

An original Pettit and Sevitt home owned by a late award-winning cartoonist is for sale on the northern beaches.

The split-level home at 50 Condover St, North Balgowlah is for sale for the first time since it was built in 1968. The three-bedroom home on 847sqm of land was owned by the late Earl Budden who drew political cartoons for newspapers such as The Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. His work hangs in the National Museum of Australia and Mr Budden won several awards for his cartoons, including the prestigious Walkley Award in 1990 for the best cartoon of the year.

Atwork by Earl Budden, scientist using magnifying glass used in The Australian.

The late Earl Budden with Bob Hawke receiving the Stanley Award.

David Buttel, of Raine & Horne Neutral Bay, said the late Mr Budden bought the cul-de-sac land in 1960 and built the distinctive Pettit and Sevitt house a few years later. His house was designed by renowned architect the late Ken Woolley whose designs are featured in the Powerhouse Museum.

Pettit and Sevitt designs have a huge following, there is even a fan club so people can find properties for sale or share renovation advice.

Split-level design, picture windows, cathedral ceilings and a deck looking out to nature.

What started as an interest group is now a club of people monitoring the market. There is even a specialist architect, Alistair McLean, who travels all over Victoria and NSW advising homeowners on the best way to restore and renovate the Sydney classic.

“An untouched original is more valuable than a poorly renovated one. There are not many original homes left and a house that has had its character respected in its new works adds in value.”

Pettit and Sevitt homes were built on the north shore and northern beaches between 1961 and 1977.

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The Powerhouse Museum holds a permanent archive of the six project home designs created by Mr Woolley. There are lowline, single-storey homes and split-level designs for Sydney’s hilly topography. Some houses are in Canberra and there are a few in Melbourne, but the majority are in northern Sydney.

Telltale features of a Pettit and Sevitt home are split-level design, open-tread staircases, large picture windows, cathedral ceilings and whitewashed brick exteriors contrasted with dark oregon woodwork.

On a big block opposite a reserve and in a cul-de-sac.

One of the three bedrooms in Condover St, North Balgowlah.

The houses usually have three bedrooms, one living area and a timber deck, and are designed The North Balgowlah home looks out to Condover Reserve, is very private and has a sunny northerly aspect and leafy outlook.

The property also has a frontage to Kimo St.

Mr Buttel said the position of the home was whisper quiet yet only minutes from Manly Beach, Warringah Mall shopping centre, schools, golf courses and Manly Dam Reserve.

The property is being described as ‘land value’ buying and it goes to auction on Saturday April 13.

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