Former home of Pettit+Sevitt co-founder Brian Pettit is for sale

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No. 5 Coonah Pde, Riverview, is on the market with a $4 million guide.

A waterfront Pettit+Sevitt home built for the co-owner of the company, Brian Pettit, is on the market for the first time in a quarter of a century.

The five-bedroom project home in Riverview was designed by the legendary Ken Woolley and is up for sale with a $4 million guide.

Pettit+Sevitt properties were all the rage in the 1960s and 1970s, attracting aspirational buyers who wanted all the perks of a designer home at a fraction of the price.

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“The Pettit+Sevitt brand were known for providing functional and luxurious homes at affordable prices,” McGrath Lane Cove’s Karl Ferguson said.

The design remains largely unchanged.

Mr Woolley, who specifically designed 5 Coonah Pde for the Pettits, was the most famous architect to dream up homes under the project banner.

While most Pettit+Sevitt homes have since disappeared from the Australian housing market, the brand remains popular with a group of enthusiasts.

“The design was very revolutionary for its time and futuristic,” Mr Ferguson said.

Kerry James purchased the property from the Pettit family in 1994, and said the design is very impressive.

“The way the house opens up creates a lot more space than what you might think,” he said.

The property is located right on Lane Cove River.

Brian Pettit (pictured in 2000) from Pettit+Sevitt was original owner of the property. Picture: Fiona-Lee Quimby.

“When we purchased the home, it had all white brick and coloured doors and was ahead of its time, but we’ve made it a bit more conservative by rendering with neutral tones.”

Mr James said there was little need for airconditioning.

“If you open (it) up, there is no need for it as it captures the breeze,” he said.

The five-bedroom home occupies a 563sqm block and has a swimming pool and direct access to the Lane Cove River and the nearby reserve.

It features a modern kitchen, gas fireplace, high curved ceilings, plenty of storage and a triple garage.

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