Australia: Marine Villa in 57-65 Darghan Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Built in 1833 by esteemed architect John Verge as a ‘Marine Villa' for principal colonial surgeon James Bowman, the husband of pastoralist John Macarthur's daughter Mary. This grand Georgian Villa was originally on 36 acres that overlooked Blackwattle Bay and then considered to be a rural property in Sydney. 'Lyndhurst' now sits amongst 1507sqm (approx) of established gardens with mature palm trees and fragrant shrubbery. There is a tranquil fountain and a large level lawn dappled in sunshine. Private and peaceful, the house is designed to capture the light of a northern aspect. The front door opens to a grand central hallway boasting soaring 4m ceilings, there is a suite of exceptionally well proportioned entertaining rooms, each of which open through beautiful French doors to a wide colonial style veranda. Invitingly versatile, the upper level could traditionally be divided into two separate 3 room chambers, although current configurations differ. Both the palatial master and second bedrooms have luxurious ensuites, whilst the master also has a dressing room and the second a walk-in wardrobe. The study has uninterrupted city skyline views. Additional features include, original fireplaces, modernised kitchen and luxurious bathrooms as designed by heritage architects and off street parking for at least four cars. The internally accessible basement level is colossal, with a variety of full height storerooms, cellars and workshops available.