Sean Godsell, Bruce Hambrett, Peter Stutchbury, Scott Carlin, Michael Bogle...more, Philip Cox, Charles Pickett, Megan Martin, Neil Keene, Philip Goad, Hannah Tribe, Keri Huxley
Philip Cox-designed Dural homestead Yanderra listed: Title Tattle
Yanderra, the five-bedroom Dural house designed by architect Philip Cox, has been listed with $2.75 million plus hopes, the first offering since its early 1980s construction.
It was the commission of the now national chairman of law firm Baker & McKenzie, Bruce Hambrett, the prominent disputes and insolvency lawyer, and his author wife, Jo. They bought the two-hectare land as a bare block for $145,000 in 1981 when Porter's dairy farm was subdivided. It’s nothing like a dairy farm now, with gardens featuring even a veggie patch.
The single-level pavilion-style house comes with pool and horse stables. Neil Keene of LJ Hooker Dural is marketing it as “an inspired reinterpretation of the traditional Australian homestead, albeit with romantic revival architectural traces”.
The grounds have been a regular in the Sydney Open Garden scheme, given it was planned for sustainability. It comes with sandstone terraces planted with lavender and cherry guavas, hedges of camellia, lilly-pilly and banksia. There’s indigenous and rainforest species under giant turpentines.
Possibly the house deserves a mention in the series of lectures exploring historical and contemporary perspectives in architecture, heritage, design and development of Australian housing. The series presents eight conversations in which historians and writers examine different types of housing, from 19th-century villas and Californian bungalows to McMansions and emergency shelters.
This week Philip Goad, professor of architecture and director of the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne and the editor of the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2011), talks on the dialogue between nature and culture in forms of the contemporary Australian villa.
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