• November 8, 2021

1a Tilba Avenue, Balmain

Enjoying one of Balmain’s finest waterfront locations by Elkington Park and Dawn Fraser Baths, this historic beauty is on the market for the first time in 43 years. Built in 1901, the grand, tastefully renovated freestanding home is set on a premier northwest-facing 542sqm landholding, commanding captivating 180 degree harbour views taking in Cockatoo, Snapper and Spectacle Islands. Perfectly embracing the splendour of its setting, it’s nestled amid idyllic established gardens that lead down to a slipway and boathouse. The outlook is breathtaking, the position magical and the opportunity extraordinary.


A boat lover’s paradise, the property’s desirable slipway with winch accommodates your boat so you can cruise around the harbour at your leisure. A spacious boathouse with bathroom at the harbour’s edge is the perfect recreational space for entertaining with a breathtaking outlook, opening to a sandstone-flagged terrace extending to the water. Ideal for the kids, a sun-drenched level lawn and manicured gardens provide a lush green backdrop to the residence, perfectly framing the home.


The home accommodates three large bedrooms with built-in robes, the main with double French doors opening to a private balcony harnessing the incredible vista. A separate studio/4th bedroom with an ensuite and integrated workstation creates the ideal space for guests or teenagers, complete with its own entry. Gracious formal rooms exude all the character of yesteryear, opening to a Vergola-shaded entertaining deck overlooking the boat-filled waters. Additional casual living space spills out to a front courtyard.


A rare treasure fusing historic grandeur with harbour splendour, the home is blessed with a host of revived period details that work harmoniously with the stylishly updated interiors. Marble fireplaces, polished timber floorboards, ornate archways, soaring ceilings and a formal entry foyer hark back to a bygone era. Enticingly, the residence offers even further scope to capitalise if desired, perhaps building into the substantial 76sqm attic space.


Modern inclusions have been added in keeping with the heritage feel of the home, including a Provincial-style Carrara marble gas kitchen with quality Ilve appliances. In addition to three bathrooms there’s a guest WC and separate internal laundry. Double auto garaging is a prized asset, a wine cellar is dedicated to storing your favourite drops and custom joinery has been designed to reflect the home’s character. Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning enhances the cooling breezes that keep the ideal temperate.


The property enjoys one of the peninsula’s most prized addresses next to the beautiful green expanse of Elkington Park and the newly revived Dawn Fraser Baths. Wander up to Darling Street to the heart of Balmain village and sample a renowned culinary scene, eclectic retail offerings and weekend markets. Drop in for a meal at one of the area’s many iconic pubs, take a leisurely stroll around the harbour or walk the kids to class at nearby Birchgrove Public School. The best of Balmain is all right here waiting to be explored.

For more information about this amazing property please contact Mark Bowis

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