George Sargent of Sargents Pies’ fame developed 10 properties on Copeland Rd East, Beecroft, including “Restdown” at 153 Copeland Rd East.
ON Saturday, January 30, 1915, Copeland Rd East, Beecroft must have been the only place to be in Sydney.
A total of 10 properties in a row owned by Sargents Pies’ founder, George Sargent, went under the hammer that day.
Restdown at 153 Copeland Rd East was included in the swag of properties for sale.
It was one in a group of three that were almost identical in design and layout.
Time has passed and, luckily, Restdown has maintained its regal presence in one of Beecroft’s blue-ribbon streets.
It is a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of that period that saw the evolution of a typical Australian style of house — the Federation house.
Restdown is in the middle of a 1335sq m block and is set well back from the road for total privacy.
As with so many houses with a rich history (if only the walls could talk), it was neglected and the garden overgrown when the current owners bought it in 1990.
In 1997, architect Alf Barbara designed a first-floor addition containing two bedrooms with ensuites, the main with a walk-in wardrobe and deep spa bath.
153 Copeland Rd East, Beecroft.
An extension with an amazing covered wraparound veranda opened the house to the outdoors while keeping the interior cool in the heat of summer.
It contains a large family and living zone, modern CaesarStone kitchen and casual dining area bordered by bi-fold doors.
Other rooms were renovated and repositioned to bring the property into the 21st century while remaining respectful of its heritage inclusions.
These include beautifully restored and modern parquetry floors, several charming fireplaces, leadlight windows and impressively high ceilings.
It is truly a house designed for small and big functions.
Only recently, 150 guests attended an engagement party held outside in the backyard on a balmy evening, with most of the action taking place on a detached deck.
The property has a gated entry and three-car garage.
It is a pleasant walk to the station and village shops.
The property is for sale for expressions of interest through Nick Bedford and Belinda Hill at Belle Property — Beecroft. It comes with a buyers guide of $3.8 million to $4 million.
153 Copeland Rd East, Beecroft, has retained its period charm.