Painter’s award-winning Sydney garden for sale

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Tony Crago at his award-winning garden in 2008.

Artist Tony Crago has won national painting competitions and much of his work features remote outback country Australia.

But he also turned his artist’s eye to his Sydney suburban garden — which also went on to win accolades.

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Past its prime but still impressive and on a big block.

Now, after 65 years his large garden of more than 916sqm of level land is for sale along with the original four-bedroom house.

Agent Stuart Bath, of Skyline Real Estate, said the corner block represents an amazing opportunity for a multitude of purposes.

“It is ideal for renovators, builders, families looking to build their dream home or an excellent opportunity to build a granny flat and still have plenty of land leftover,” he said.

Number 94 Bantry Bay Rd, in Frenchs Forest, goes to auction on Saturday October 19 and has a price guide of $1.4 million to $1.475 million.

On the market for the first time in more than six decades.

Timber detailing and good natural light.

Frenchs Forest is a suburb undergoing massive change. The new Northern Beaches Hospital is at the end of the road and a high school is proposed for a site a couple of roads away near the existing Aquatic Centre. Extensive roadworks have been undertaken in the area and are due to be finalised in about 12 months and a new town centre is planned.

Last weekend another home in Bantry Bay Rd, number 138, sold for $2.3 million. That was a luxury home on 1124sqm of land.

According to CoreLogic the median house price for Frenchs Forest is $1.6 million based on 134 house sales over a 12 month period, up to June this year.

At its height after winning awards.

Talwood, at number 94 Bantry Bay Rd was famous for its mature gardens with clivias at the front, wisteria trained over frames and orchids and water features throughout.

Three times the garden won garden of the year in the local government area of Warringah in the 1990s.

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The garden has not been tended for a while however and the in-ground swimming pool is empty but the land has two-street access points and the house offers four-bedroom and two bathrooms plus a studio and carport.

The house has high ceilings and timber floors and is ready for a makeover.

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