21 Wharf Road, Birchgrove

Sydney’s repute as the world’s most beautiful harbour city has a lot to do with the engineering expertise of our visionary 19th century engineers. If it were not for their foresight and skill, our city might not be what it is today.

A major figure in Sydney engineering circles in the 19th century, Norman Selfe (1839-1911) played a significant role in developing Sydney’s infrastructure and was a prolific campaigner for better technical education in Australia. Among his extensive list of achievements, Selfe was offered the role of Chief Engineer at Mort’s Dock in Balmain in 1869. On accepting the plum post, Selfe purchased a prime parcel of waterfront land at Wharf Road in Birchgrove and built twin terraces for his family, Normanton and Maybank, in 1870.

Standing today as a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, Normanton has undergone a radical reinvention in keeping with the property’s original character to create a world-class family residence. The meticulous restoration and revival of this harbour treasure pays homage to the engineering skills of Selfe with impeccable craftsmanship and thoughtful attention to detail showcased across all four view-swept levels.

Spectacular northerly views over Snails Bay and the iconic Harbour Bridge create a captivating ever-changing backdrop to the elegant interiors, private terraces and cascading waterfront gardens of 21 Wharf Road in Birchgrove. A true paradise for the boating enthusiast, the deep waterfront estate features a pontoon, jetty, deepwater mooring, boatshed and every conceivable contemporary luxury.

Contact Matthew Hayson (0411 519 190) or Jonathan Hammond (0425 252 686) today to arrange a private inspection of this spectacular home.

Posted in Birchgrove, Inner West, Prestige Home, Property on 14th March, 2017