A famed 19th century manor with ten bedrooms and regarded as one of the most significant homes in the inner west is on the market.
Known as Essington, the residence built in a High Victorian Italianate style is set to smash property records in Stanmore by upwards of $2m.
On 917sqm, 34-36 Gordon Crescent’s block size is also nearly three times the size of a standard property in the area.
The home overlooks Stanmore railway station was originally built for wealthy pastoralist, Benjamin Eves and his family as their Sydney residence. Because there were 14 children in the family, Mr Eves designed the home to have two bedroom wings — one for the boys, and the other for the girls.
A family room beside the main bedroom separates the two wings that each have their own staircase. Essington has only had a handful of owners throughout its history, including a period between 1956 and 1981, where it was used as a boys’ home by the Presbyterian Church.
The manor is on the market for the first time since it traded in 2011 for $2.3m. Cobden and Hayson — Annandale agent Jonathan Hammond has now set a $5.5m guide, which would see Essington smash sales record in Stanmore by more than $2m.
CoreLogic reports the current Stanmore record was set in September after 144 Cardigan Street sold for $3.336m.
Mr Hammond said the house is one of the two homes in Stanmore with internal and land size of its scale.
“The only other comparable house in Stanmore is located next door,” he said.
On two titles, the grand residence has multiple living and reception rooms, a separate studio and north-facing gardens with a heated pool and summer house. Essington still contains plenty of original charm including 10 marble fireplaces, Wunderlich ceilings and Kauri floors.
“The stables the horse and cart would drive into is still standing, but nowadays it is a garage for cars,” Mr Hammond said.
Modern amenities such as a Caesarstone gas kitchen with butler’s pantry, renovated bathrooms, a media room and a wine cellar are also found inside the house.
Mr Hammond said most of the interested parties are from Balmain and Drummoyne, plus a few upsizers from Stanmore. While most are families, there are a few developers looking at the heritage listed property due to an active DA for two homes and a granny flat.
“Since it is on two tiles, there is an option to convert the house into two separate dwellings,” he said.
“However, given working from home and blended living is a thing now, it certainly lends itself to being kept as one house.”
The house is being offered to buyers via negotiation.