Greenoaks Cottage after its stunning rebirth.
Greenoaks Cottage has had several reincarnations since the foundations were first laid in the mid 1800s, but this rebirth is its most spectacular.
The heritage home suffered a fire in 1890, endured an unsympathetic 20th century renovation to turn it into flats, but has most recently been brought back to life thanks to the creative talents of architect Tanya Hancock and owners Ann-Maree Kerry, a former Olympic gymnast, and K2 Recruitment boss Phil Kerry.
Ann-Maree Kerry and husband Phil Kerry.
When the then dilapidated Darling Point property came on the market three years ago, selling agent Michael Dunn of Richardson & Wrench Double Bay said several people baulked at the mammoth makeover it needed.
“They just couldn’t see how to tackle it, it was clearly going to be a huge renovation,” he said.
Ms Hancock and the Kerrys, however, saw a diamond in the rough.
“I could just see the potential and I suppose I had the right client who could also see the potential,” Ms Hancock said.
Greenoaks Cottage pictured during its renovation.
“We did go back about four times, and asked ourselves if we were making the right decision, whether or not it was worth doingThe bones were amazing and with all the stained glass windows — you just don’t find many old houses like that in Sydney anymore.”
But there was even more charm hidden under the surface as plaster board and render was stripped away to reveal vast walls of Sydney sandstone and original fireplaces.
The home was gutted during the reno.
No area was left untouched.
“We never envisioned all that when we first looked at the property,” she said.
Today the home has been reimagined for the 21 Century, but still maintains much of its period past.
Formerly dark and closed off spaces have been opened up to harness natural light including the palatial foyer with its clear to opaque “smart glass” skylight, the grand kitchen has a host of contemporary features such as a Vintec wine fridge and each of the five bathrooms have designer finishes. The property also has self-contained guest quarters, a heated pool, French oak floors and space for up to six cars.
The remake has been a stunning success.
The interiors retain the 1800s charm with contemporary touches.
The transformation has been so successful, Hancock Architects has been handed several prestigious accolades including a gong from the International Design and Architecture Awards in London.
“In my 35 years in real estate I haven’t seen a transformation like this home,” Mr Dunn said.
Mr Dunn has recently listed Greenoaks Cottage once again through an expressions of interest campaign with a $20 million price guide. Inspections are Saturdays and Wednesdays by appointment, contact Mr Dunn on 0419 888 815.