Bomera does not just overlook Sydney Harbour, it is part of it. In spirit and in proximity, this glorious home is as much a fixture as any bridge or quay.
The sandstone, Italianate mansion set on 2308sqm at 1 Wylde St, Potts Point, was designed by famed 19th century architect John Hilly in 1856.
He created grand halls with marble floors, a ballroom, shamrock cornices and pilasters. Positioned high on the street, the home’s views would embrace all the harbour had to offer. In modern times, the view has become even more mesmerising.
Standing on any of the verandas, taking all this in, is absolutely thrilling. A tour of this eight-bedroom, five-bathroom home is a glittering affair; sparkling chandeliers, a bar from the Waldorf Astoria, numerous marble fireplaces and gilted cornices.
One’s eyes dart around to take it all in from the massive Alice Through the Looking Glass front door key to the gorgeous turned staircase.
It was not always so. Bomera, as with many of Sydney’s grand estates, has a colourful past, and according to a New York Times article (yes, the house is THAT important), earlier owners put linoleum over the pine floors and painted the superb marble mantles.
In recent years, Bomera has been in the hands of Leanne Catelan, daughter of late property data pioneer Ray Catelan, founder of RP Data, who has toiled to bring the home not just to its former glory, but well into the 21st century.
In the kitchen, a perfect island cube takes centre stage, with gleaming stainless steel and a remote-controlled, under lit top.
And the walk-in pantry? Marble, steel and glass sweetened with yet more intelligent lighting. Of course, the bathrooms are state-of-the-art chic.
This juxtaposition of styles manages to highlight the beauty in both the sharply contemporary and the heritage features of the house, without any squabbling.
Delightfully, the layout zigs and zags, revealing room upon room and at every turn outrageous views, with perhaps the best found in the showstopper master suite. Not just a vast space with its own veranda, it also features a custom-fitted walk-in wardrobe — Kardashian sized.
Across one of the many cobblestone courtyards is ‘‘The Stables’’, a very chilled, separate accommodation wing with many rooms including a knockout cinema and featuring raw, sparrow-picked sandstone walls, more intimate ceiling heights and a choice of contemporary, artful spaces.
Sydney has few homes of such calibre, with many dwarfed by the erupting city skyline. Bomera has actually grown in stature.
The trick now will be to find not the next owner, but rather the next guardian of this irreplaceable slice of Sydney’s history.
Bill Malouf of LJ Hooker Double Bay, who shares the listing with Clint Ballard of Ballard Property, said it was “A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase an unequalled harbourside estate, positioned just three minutes from the CBD.”
The property is for sale by private treaty. Inspect by appointment.
Contact Mr Malouf on 0411 428 354 or Mr Ballard on 0411 426 600.