Jonathan Chancellor | 24 June 2015

Murrulla, Centennial Park sells for $12 million off market

Murrulla, Centennial Park sells for $12 million off market

Murulla, the restored early 1900s Queen Anne mansion on 2,300 square metre at Centennial Park, has been sold off market for $12 million. The properties of Martin Road, the tree-lined avenue bordering Centennial Park, are rarely offered to the market. 

It last sold in 1996.

The buyers back then were Justice Deirdre O'Connor, the then Australian Industrial Relations Commission president, and barrister husband Michael Joseph who'd sold their historic Jeanneret-built Hunters Hill house, Glencairn, for $1.325 million.

They bought Murrulla from the gynaecologist Dr Robert Diamond and his wife Elaine who sold the 1906 home through Laing and Simmons Double Bay agent Bart Doff for $4.05 million. 

Title Tattle understands the latest buyer is a barrister who has possibly sealed the sale directly with his legal colleagues.

The $12 million equals the suburb record that occurred earlier this year when Mike Cannon-Brookes, the co-founder of software firm Atlassian, bought Braelin, on the largest landholding on the Lang Road, park-side avenue from the prestige car dealer Ian Pagent and his wife Marianne.

The mansions along the tree-lined road, much in the tradition of London's Hyde Park, were built in the early 1900s, about 90 years after the public parkland was proclaimed by governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1811.

Murrulla has been one of the most tightly held trophy homes in the parkside precinct having previously traded in 1979 for $567,000 when bought from celebrity-maker Harry Miller. Miller had paid $220,000 in 1973, then hosting a cocktail party there in 1977 with Prince Charles as the guest of honour.

Title Tattle recalls the Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White, who lived in the street until his death in 1990, centred his book The Eye of the Storm around the Queen Anne-style mansion. 

Perched on 2,700 square metres, Muralla is the largest privately held parcel of land in Centennial Park.

The estate comprises a two-level mansion built in 1906, a championship all-weather tennis court with night lights, a heated swimming pool and two-storey stables.

The Queen Anne-style residence was built in 1906 and was the first home in Centennial Park with features including a wide Queen Anne staircase and high pressed metal ceilings

The restored 1908 Queen Anne mansion, located on 2,300 square metres included championship all-weather tennis court with night lights, swimming pool and two-storey stables.