To The Manor Reborn

  • Modern luxury meets grand Victorian Italianate style in the remarkable transformation of Moreton Manor, destined to become the most prized marquee home in the fashionable beachside haven of Bondi.

    Moreton Manor is the heritage showpiece of The Moreton by Mirvac, and is being offered for sale with a redesign by two of Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary architects, Tina Engelen and Will Fung, of CO-AP Architects.

    Engelen and Fung have achieved an inspired fusion of old and new, breathing life into the original 1884 structure and creating a wing that introduces the essentials of contemporary living – north-facing double height living areas spilling to a cabana and swimming pool set in architecturally designed landscaped grounds.

    CO-AP’s impeccable style is evident, marrying a modernist’s sensibility with heritage sensitivity, taking advice from award winning heritage architect, Alan Croker of Design 5. The original home is clearly defined but merges seamlessly with the modern additions, the two bound together by a glass catwalk to form a united grand home.

    Underfoot, traditional timbers lead onto flamed stone floors, double height light-infused living spaces add an extra fillip of grandeur to already high ceilings and a bank of French doors open from the casual living area to an outdoor entertaining area and cabana, landscaped gardens and timber-hemmed infinity edge lap pool overlooking neighbouring Dickson Park.

    Contemporary materials complement the heritage palette of Australian hardwoods, painted masonry and cast iron lace work. The kitchen leaves no doubt about its luxury pedigree with a stunning use of contrasting black and white marble to form a sophisticated entertaining hub and preparation bench, complemented by an expansive butler’s pantry.  

    Mirvac Development Director Paolo Razza said that saving Moreton Manor had been a priority from the moment the company acquired the site from the Benevolent Society in 2013.

    “This will be a landmark home that combines the best of old-world prestige and modern luxury,” said Mr Razza.

    “For thousands of Bondi locals, over many generations, it has been a much-loved fixture on Wellington Street and now we will restore it to what it was meant to be, in a way that respects its past but is uncompromising in its relevance to a contemporary lifestyle.

    “This is an architectural work of art; truly a unique residence in one of Sydney’s most desirable suburbs.”

    Change and evolution have been a recurring theme in the history of the house. The original structure was a modest four room cottage built in 1858 and known as St Olives. By 1884 it had assumed much grander proportions with the cottage extended to become Scarba House, a Victorian Italianate mansion owned by Malcolm Campbell, a one-time mayor of Muswellbrook.

    Much of the original home remains completely intact, including decorative cornices and architraves, the grand cedar staircase and broad covered balconies. The redesign proposes a new pavilion within the footprint of the late Victorian rear kitchen wing with north-facing living areas opening to a pool set in landscaped grounds overlooking Dickson Park. The open plan space includes a kitchen featuring Gaggenau and Bora appliances and a sculptured marble island that is a natural gathering place for family and entertaining.

    The master bedroom, resplendent with 3.7 metre high ceilings, is set in one of the large upper level rooms with an ensuite and walk-in-robe occupying an adjoining large room, creating an immense private retreat that feels more akin to a luxury hotel presidential suite. With a sculpted marble bath set on a central marble plinth incorporating a vast shower space, it is the ultimate in bathing luxury and indulgence.

    The home features another four bedrooms and three bathrooms, two living rooms, formal dining, a library, study, wine room, butler’s pantry and four secure basement parking spots.

    Moreton Manor is being offered as a 1144 square metre allotment made up of private landscaped grounds. Palisade fencing bordered by hedging will provide privacy at the front of the property, which leads on to the park-like gardens of The Moreton, framed by 100 year old Moreton Bay fig trees.

    Designers Engelen and Fung found themselves captivated by the mysteries that the house slowly revealed to them but were never tempted to be restricted solely by the style of period in which it was built.

    “It is a remarkable home,” says Ms Engelen, “and representative of the time when it was built just as the additions are about the way we live today.

    “Many of the original home’s most outstanding features – the high ceilings, spacious rooms and beautiful French doors that open to lovely garden vistas – are attributes that we would always want to replicate in a modern home but in a simpler way. 

    “The materials palette is also consistent in that we are using only the very finest natural materials that mark this out as a home of substance and grandeur – something that is not throwaway but will last for many lifetimes.”

    Moreton Manor will be sold exclusively through Ray White Double Bay agent Elliott Placks via an expression of interest campaign commencing on March 21.

    “This is a unique property that happens only once in a generation,” said Mr Placks. “To have a landholding of 1144 square metre in Bondi is extremely rare but the home and its redesign is really beyond compare. Many buyers who admire heritage homes are daunted by the challenge of bringing them into the 21st century, difficulties to do with the heritage and a fear of renovation costs escalating.

    “Mirvac has taken away this uncertainty and led a design team to create a stunning contemporary home which will be handed over as a completed build, with every conceivable luxury. The buyer can simply pick up the keys and move in.”


    • Torrens Title
    • Land: 1144sqm
    • Bedrooms: 5
    • Bathrooms: 4
    • Parking: 4
    • 2 living rooms
    • Formal and informal dining
    • Library
    • Study
    • Wine room
    • Butlers pantry
    • Laundry
    • Outdoor entertaining courtyard
    • Cabana
    • Swimming Pool

    The off-the-plan purchaser will acquire a 100 per cent complete finished product, to be built by a boutique residential builder with Mirvac as Superintendent of the construction work. The house shares a basement car park and facilities with The Moreton strata scheme and will share costs associated with those shared facilities.

    Construction will commence in April 2016 with completion expected in the first half of 2017.

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