The Sydney sandstone house that people find themselves buying

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Quarry Heath in Forestville manages to charm its visitors, some of whom end up buying it.

Quarry Heath is a sandstone house in Sydney that so charms visitors they find themselves buying the home, even though they never intended to.

Lido and Silvia Russo has no intention of moving to Forestville on the northern beaches but they saw pictures of the farmhouse-style home in a newspaper and were intrigued. Mr Russo had briefly worked as a stone mason in Italy so he was interested in seeing the hand-quarried stone fireplace and walls. The house worked its charm and the Russos found themselves the new owners.

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A coffered ceiling and handbuilt fireplace are part of the farmhouse feel of Quarry Heath.

Later they discovered that the previous owner was similarily charmed. She visited the house when it came to market years ago as she was commissioned to write the advertising copy for the property. She wasn’t in the market for a home but somehow the house set in almost 1000sqm of secluded gardens made such an impression she too found herself signing the ownerships papers.

Agent Barry Devine, of Barry Devine Property Chatswood, said Quarry Heath was again weaving its magic as the current copywriter was smitten and several parties have arrived at the house announcing they had never dreamt of living in Forestville but they loved the look of the house which is for sale for $2.65 million.

The main bedroom with Juliet balcony and soaring timber ceiling.

The barbecue veranda.

Quarry Heath is in Cherana Cres, Forestville, a very short road. The house was built by the late Audrey Horace and his wife who would lug sandstone quarried from a nearby site and slowly build their house on a large private site.

Current owner Lido Russo said they started with the fireplace and built the house from that central spot. The cottage dates from the late 1920s, early 1930s but feels a lot older, there is no heritage listing.

Enhanced over the years the house now has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a four-car garage including a large workshop.

Still charming but also modern.

Owner Lido Russo loves cars and has a four-car garage at the house.

There is a large cellar or tasting room, hardwood floors, a romantic veranda and vaulted ceilings. But families will also appreciate a marble kitchen, spa bath, reverse cycle airconditioning, a rumpus and a home office. Outside is a barbecue terrace, lagoon swimming pool and solid wood cabana.

The home is on landscaped gardens behind a motorised gate with intercom.

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Mr Russo said it is just 20 minutes drive to the harbour, 15 minutes drive to the beach and within easy reach of Chatswood.

“We feel 100 miles from anywhere when we shut our gates and yet we are so central to everything,” he said.

The labour of love home has already drawn interest from buyers from Roseville and Castle Cove and Lindfield who turn up at the door announcing ‘we never thought to look at Forestville” That is Quarry Heath exercising its magic again.

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