In the modern and developing metropolis of Sydney, historic homesteads are now few and far between. Many buildings of bygone eras have been cruelly torn down by wrecking balls and bulldozers, due to lack of protection and unregulated development.
However, a handful of historic houses have survived! Built in 1853, the 165 year-old Nugal Hall of Randwick, NSW, has stood the test of time and is now registered by the National Trust as a significant building, protecting its splendor for years to come. Critical, no doubt, to the preservation of this incredible Gothic-revival landmark has been its continual ownership by the Campion family over the last forty years. The late Dr John and Ellen Campion bought the house in 1977 for $150,000 and for four decades, until their passing, have defended the original elements of the home. Prior residents have included mayors, filmmakers, lawyers and even returned servicemen.
The estate was originally built on a whopping 80 hectares, with stunning views to Coogee Bay and Wedding Cake Island. Although urbanisation and housing intensification have reduced the size of the section over time, the house still enjoys great views to the ocean and ample space at 1800m².
Nugal Hall truly is a walk in the past, with features of the original construction including sandstone facades, an impressive circular turret and a grand staircase with a stained glass ceiling. The 12 original rooms have all been preserved as well as maids’ housing and even hidden stairways! Amongst other treasures, the property also boasts a ballroom, an attached circular card room, mosaic-tiled foyer, multiple fireplaces, marble columns and a Juliet balcony with views to the bay. The grandeur of this place has to be seen to be believed!
But all this history doesn’t come cheap! The $12 million asking price for Nugal Hall nearly doubles the most recent record set in Randwick by the sale of the boom-style Earlswood property, for $6.4 million.