Ken Woolley’s Paddington house sells three weeks before auction and way above expectations


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No. 8A Cooper St, Paddington attracted 160 groups to its open homes in the short campaign.

The award-winning Paddington house that one of Australia’s top architects, Ken Woolley, built for himself has sold for about $3.9 million three weeks ahead of its scheduled auction.

Phillips Pantzer Donnelley’s Catherine Dixon and Kane Dunkley started off guiding $3.6 million for the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on a 355 sqm block with garage at 8A Cooper St.

That was a few weeks ago. But by the time the sold sticker went up yesterday, the guide had hit $3.9 million.

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The late architect Ken Woolley in his Sydney office in 2000 (above; picture: Fiona-Lee Quimby) and the view from the Cooper St house (below, picture Carl Stevens).

Ms Dixon wasn’t saying what the final result was, but it’s likely to have been close to that most recent guide.

Mr Woolley, who died in 2015 at the age of 82, built his urban “Paddington House” in 1980 and it won the Wilkinson Award, the Australian Institute of Architects highest honour for premier residential design, in 1983.

As anticipated when the Wentworth Courier broke the news of the listing, the home was hugely popular among design aficionados.

The home has a dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling (above and below, pictures Carl Stevens).

It’s understood about 160 groups inspected the home — lots of architects who all had an opinion — but the agents were working with three buyers who were dead keen on it.

The property was described as “an iconic home and national treasure” in its ad.

The three-storey modernist home has been sensitively updated but still features its dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling.

There are light and bright entertainment levels across a whole floor.

A north facing terrace has city views.

And the new marble kitchen has an island bench and European appliances.

The master bedroom is on its own floor and has an ensuite.

And the property comes with plans for a basement level guest room with ensuite, still to be approved by council.

The home is set in deep parklike tropical gardens on its block, which is large for the area.

“Paddington House” is one of three homes that Mr Woolley designed and built for his own use in Sydney.

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