177A Albion St, Surry Hills has been listed for sale.
A LANDMARK Surry Hills terrace stands poised to double the inner city suburb’s price record for a terrace.
The highest price paid for a house in the area was the $7.95 million secured for a converted warehouse on Marshall St in 2016, but the ‘Italiante House’ at 177A Albion St will likely sell for considerably higher and has been listed for $13.5 million to $14.8 million.
The home was purchased by storage businessman Mark Camuglia in 2011 for just over $3.1 million. It was the headquarters for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for 20 years before that.
There is a unique vaulted ceiling.
The interior brickwork is also a standout feature.
The median price of a Surry Hills house is $1.8 million, according to CoreLogic.
The property, modestly called a ‘terrace house’ incorporates a stupendous contemporary revision, and the earthy charm of a historic, listed, Sydney home site.
Built in the 1890s and later renovated, the home is mostly the work of Renato D’Ettore Architects, led by the maestro himself and has been awarded many times.
Selling agent Dominic D’Ettorre of D’Ettore Real Estate Woollahra said the home had already drawn strong interest since being listed last week. “It’s attracted a lot of curiosity,” he said. “It has rare design presence. There’s been a complete transformation of the interior. No expense was spared.”
The kitchen has gold cupboards.
The block references the many uses of this land — it is an “L”shape, that includes a rare porte cochere and leads to the stables that were constructed in the 1800s of Sydney sandstone. Now a two storey, stunning, building it is ideal space for guests or family, and is adjacent is the pool. Across the ‘used brick’ courtyard one passes under the shade of an enormous tree before entering the main residence.
Here is where the magic can truly be seen, spread across three big levels — including a roughly 100sqm roof terrace with pergola.
The original stables from the 19th century were converted into self-contained accommodation.
One floor down is a large bedroom and lounge with more than 35sqm of space, complete with fireplace.
Let’s go down again and two bedrooms (and bathrooms) occupy the space, along with an interesting long study (with the vaulted ceiling) that lines the void down to the last level.
And finally, the ground floor. The entire level is about living and eating and embracing the Italianate lifestyle — the courtyard come piazza is rich, vibrant and earthy.
The home is even imposing from the street.
The deep greens of the trees and vines soften the impact of the worn bricks and rough-hewn sandstone.
Huge openings around the building, from the sides and the top, allow views and light to bounce around the white walls, and reflect rather marvellously off the gold metal cabinet finishes in the kitchen.
Bricks feature throughout the home, a reminder of the origins of this house and this city, but nowhere more wonderfully than in the barrel-vaulted ceiling on the top floor.
The subtle strip lighting along the floor line allows the light to curl around that luscious architectural feat, illuminating it, making it hero feature in a home filled with amazing features.