St Andrews home linked to Archibald Prize winner Clifton Pugh sold


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50 Flora Cres, St Andrews sold for $810,000.

A St Andrews home built for the wife of three-time Archibald Prize winner Clifton Pugh AO will become the blank canvas for a tree-change buyer after an $810,000 sale.

The three-bedroom house at 50 Flora Cres was built for Marlene Pugh — the artist’s second wife, and the subject of his painting Portrait of a Woman — from mud bricks she kilned herself.

Pugh is best known for his Archibald Prize winning portraits of politicians Gough Whitlam and Sir John McEwan, as well as newspaperman Rupert Henderson.

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He also established the Dunmoochin artists’ commune in Cottles Bridge.

Ray White Diamond Creek’s Lynn White said the buyer was from Melbourne’s inner suburbs and wanted a tree change.

“They loved it,” Ms White said.

The home’s charming interior helped attract the buyer.

The offer was at the top of the home’s $760,000-$820,000 price guide, and came the night before its planned auction on August 17.

“With the condition of the home, which needed a bit of updating, we thought it was a pretty good price,” Ms White said.

Clifton Pugh with a magazine cover depicting his Archibald Prize winning portrait of Gough Whitlam.

While Ms Pugh had separated from her artist husband and hadn’t owned the home for some years, the connection to the famous faces had helped attract a number of the interested parties, she said.

The 2.1ha property is surrounded by gumtrees and native bushland, with the character-filled mud brick construction of the home popular with many buyers considering the area.

The home is surrounded by bushland and offers tranquil views.

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A nearby mud brick home at 30 Powells Rd, Strathewen, currently owned by Pugh’s son Shane, is for sale at $950,000 via Mason White McDougall.

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