Renowned artist Tom Arthur lists converted Newtown home
After more than 30 years of calling Station St home, renowned artist Tom Arthur and his wife Sandra have put their iconic Newtown house on the market.
Listed with The Agency’s Ben Collier and David Talone, the four-bedroom property has a $5.5 million price guide and will go under the hammer on August 31.
A sale around this price point would see the property smash the Newtown residential record that was set in 2017, when 20-28 Munni St sold for $3.85 million, according to CoreLogic data.
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The couple purchased the home in 1985 and completed an extensive renovation to create a stunning designer property.
Prior to their ownership, the Station St site was a masonic hall that was used as a meeting place for Freemasons.
Like any property belonging to a renowned artist, the Newtown home has an impressive artist’s studio that takes up almost the entire basement. It features an 11.8 metre by 10 metre workshop, as well as an additional separate studio.
The sprawling basement/work studio also has two storage rooms, a wine cellar and internal and external entries.
The rest of the property almost looks like an art gallery with different pieces of art and artefacts scattered throughout every room, from the kitchen to the bedrooms.
Each of the two living levels is self-contained, with both having their own kitchen and dining room. The main kitchen on the ground floor also has a breakfast bar and butler’s pantry.
The ground floor also has the main bedroom that has a modern poster bed that is raised on a platform. All other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.
There is also a picturesque backyard with manicured gardens and a Koi pond, as well as a enough space to entertain family and friends.
Other features include an off-street car park, grand foyer, a family retreat, two studies, as well as three bathrooms. The property is also a short walk to Newtown train station and the hundreds of shops and cafes on King St.
Born in Boston to Albanian parents, Mr Arthur has featured in many galleries including the Art Gallery of NSW. He has produced many famous pieces including “The fertilisation of Drako Vülen’s cheese pizza” and “Goodbye Carpet, Goodbye Small Door”.
The couple’s decision to sell comes as the Newtown and inner west property market sees a resurgence off the back of growing buyer confidence.
This confidence has translated into eight out of 10 homes selling at auction every week, according to CoreLogic data, while REA has reported a 1 per cent increase to the inner west’s median sale price.
The median sale price for houses in Newtown is currently $1.3 million.
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