HISTORIC CHARM & CITY LIGHTS

  • October 24, 2017

Welcome to 42 Harris Street, Balmain

Good looks and solid craftsmanship make sandstone homes incredibly appealing and are synonymous with Sydney and its evolution. It’s more than just a pretty face; sandstone outlasts many other building materials, is richly historic and captures the heart and the imagination. Sandstone was the most valuable building materials for much of the 19th century and was used for all major houses and early cottages, especially in peninsula areas such as Balmain and Birchgrove where it was readily available and quarried on site.

 

 

Built c1890 on part of 550 acres granted to William Balmain Esquire in April 1880, Eastfield is a fine example of sandstone craftsmanship. Steeped in local history, 42 Harris Street weaves a narrative that reflects the unique character and evolution of one of Sydney’s most cherised residential neighbourhoods.

 

The home retains many of the original design elements including marble fireplaces, ornate 3.4m ceilings and the raw sandstone blocks that line the walls. A legacy of the 19th century, their rough-hewn forms add warmth and texture to the interiors as well as serving as a nod to its past. Elegant French doors and high ornate ceilings add a sense of volume to the space while a flagstone courtyard promises a perfect setting for alfresco living.

 

 

Spread over three substantial levels, the four bedroom terrace captures sweeping views across Sydney’s iconic city skyline that transform into a magical lightshow by night. All three levels open to the outdoors and the cityscape views with a top floor retreat featuring a designer ensuite and a roof terrace with views stretching from bridge to bridge across the city. It’s a perfect vantage point for enjoying spectacular harbour firework displays while its setting high on the ridge captures ocean breezes affording excellent cross-flow ventilation.

 

 

Features of Eastfield include three large bedrooms with a balcony, study or fourth bedroom, elegant traditional formal rooms, a quality granite gas kitchen with covered flagstone patio, a family bathroom with custom antique vanity, powder room, laundry room and a double garage accessed via Wisbeach Lane with wine cellar.

 

 

42 Harris Street, Balmain is listed for sale through Matt Hayson and Rosemary Chen.

 

 

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