Kathryn Welling, Property journalist
First published 22 Nov 2023, 12:30pm
29 Telegraph Rd, Pymble will test the north shore market.
Walter Burley Griffin’s last and largest Australian house, Coppins in Pymble, is about to test the benchmark for Sydney north shore prices – despite having an unauthorised renovation needing remediation.
The visionary house on 5640sq m of land on Telegraph Rd was built in 1935 and is on local and state heritage registers.
Former bank of Queensland chief Stuart Grimshaw and his wife Anneliese purchased the six-bedroom house almost three years ago for $13m and after a long settlement set about renovating inside and out.
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Alex Mintorn, of Pello, said the renovation spared no expense, he hasn’t seen anything as luxurious and would-be buyers are already comparing it to luxury homes in LA or a converted palace hotel in Spain.
“In its own way it’s the most spectacular home I have ever seen,” he said.
However, there are court orders in place to reinstate some of the heritage features lost in the renovation. Mr Mintorn said the instructions were clear and simple in identifying what needs to be done.
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Buyers are showing interest from Sydney, interstate and overseas and expressions of interest close on December 19. There is no advertised guide for the house but the property has set northside records before – the current benchmark is $25m, for a house that sold last year in Northbridge.
Walter Burley Griffin was the designer of Canberra, beating 136 international designs to create the nation’s capital. Coppins was his last residential project before he left Australia.
While the famous architect concentrated on the house, his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin designed the gardens, which have established plants, water features, a pond and a swimming pool.
The gardens have been beautifully maintained.
There is also a two-bedroom guest cottage.
The house has original stonework, grand-scaled living spaces, and a marble kitchen and bathrooms.
“It presents an opportunity to become the custodians of an estate of peerless luxury and historic grandeur … one of Sydney’s finest,” Mr Mintorn said.
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