Incredible Victorian Italianate manor in Balmain could be yours


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This amazing Victorian Italianate manor named Hexham is one of the Balmain peninsula’s finest properties.

On a 749sqm parcel of land and with a secure eight-car garage, the property at 447 Darling St, built circa 1897, is surrounded by landscaped gardens by the highly renowned Secret Gardens, making it a private escape in a convenient location.

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The ultimate home to entertain in.

Check out the view.

It is clear from the outset that the home has been restored to its former glory, with a commanding facade highlighted by the iron lacework and framed by lush greenery.

Spread across four levels, the house is accessed via a long hallway with chequered marble tiles, with two bedrooms on one side and a formal sitting and dining area on the other.

All four of the rooms have marble fireplaces, while polished timber flooring and high ceilings show the age and character of the property.

At the rear, the home turns into a modern haven, with a large family living area connecting to the dining area and kitchen. The bright spaces are warm and inviting, with bi-fold doors also ensuring a link to the outdoor entertainment area. There is also a laundry, study and two bathrooms on this level.

The home has a modern feel at the rear.

There is plenty of parking.

The Calacatta marble kitchen has modern appliances and makes entertaining easy with its position close to the dining room. The all-weather barbecue pavilion overlooks the in-ground pool and lawn, while there is also a terrace that has amazing views over the city skyline.

On the second floor there are four bedrooms, many with built-in wardrobes and fireplaces, as well as two studies and a bathroom with a spa. There are two balconies, one at the front of the property and one at the rear, allowing you to take in the amazing views of the district.

Listing agent Brad Pillinger of Pillinger-Double Bay said the home blends quality features together.

“Hexham embodies the period and marries with modern luxury perfectly,” he said. “It has impeccably finished traditional dining and sitting rooms that flow to a modern living area that overlooks the landscaped garden and pool.”

The kitchen is perfectly positioned.

Relax by the pool.

Hexham has only had a handful of owners since the original home was built by the Pattinson family, of Soul Pattinson fame, before it became known as the doctor’s house when a Dr Shirlow purchased it early last century, living and practising there.

Interest has already been strong, Mr Pillinger said after the first showing last weekend, with families looking to take advantage of the comfortable inner-city location and many living areas.

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On top of everything else, the top floor is a dedicated billiards room, which has its own kitchen and large glass window at the rear which has amazing water and region vistas.

Other features include original stained glass, an Australian cedar staircase, ducted airconditioning and a CCTV-monitored garage.

Views from every level.


The property is just a short distance from parkland, the foreshore, shops and transport.


Auction Saturday, June 22 at 3pm Inspect Wednesday, 4.30-5.15pm, Saturday 2-2.45pm Price guide $8.5 million Contact Pillinger-Double Bay, Brad Pillinger, 0411 545 577

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