WHILE Claremont was becoming a desirable location in the late-1800s, Herbert Graham Swan, MLA 1909-1914, probably had no idea it would become such a sought-after area when he built this house in 1898.
The iconic two-storey home is just minutes from the Claremont Yacht Club (founded in 1905) and jetty, in walking distance of Claremont Primary School, Christ Church Grammar School and MLC, and close to parklands, tennis courts, the river, bowling club and Claremont retail precinct and train station.
The owners bought the home in 2009 and were attracted by the location as well as its history and beauty.
Set back from the street, among beautiful gardens, the home is a prime example of Queen Anne Federation architecture and impresses with its historic grandeur.
The facade combines limestone, tuckpointing and turned timber posts on the verandas.
Inside there are 3.6m high ceilings, original fireplaces, wide, original timber floorboards, picture rails and sash windows.
While all these gorgeous character features remain, the owners have also transformed the residence into sophisticated family home.
The ground floor houses a formal lounge and dining room that opens to an alfresco area.
The layout flows through to the kitchen and dining/family room.
The owners replaced the outdated kitchen and it now has a huge, marble-topped island bench with overhead pendant lights, European appliances and scullery.
They have a large, extended family and this home has been the venue for numerous large family Christmases, birthdays and milestone celebrations.
They said the kitchen and living area were the focal point of the home.
“It’s a natural place for friends and family to gather and with French doors opening to a private terrace it’s the perfect place to entertain.
“The living area opens to a paved courtyard and looks out to the pool and garden beyond.
“It has plenty of natural light year round, and it an ideal place to relax with a book or magazine and enjoy the serenity.”
The home offers great separation for growing families, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper level.
The bathrooms have been superbly renovated and have white travertine marble tiling, stone benchtops and heated towel rails.
Stairs in the informal living area lead to the children’s bedrooms and bathroom, while the master suite is accessed via its own set of stairs, providing a luxury retreat for parents.
It includes, a spacious bedroom, his-and-hers dressing room, ensuite with free-standing, egg-shaped bath, sitting area and balcony access.
This glorious house, on a 607sq m block, has been a home to many families over the years.
The owners are downsizing and want another family to enjoy its historic features, modern comforts and great location as much as they have.
Agency: William Porteous Properties International
Contact: Olivia Porteous on 0423 557 438 or William Porteous on 0439 880 242