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Rare Romanesque-style Centennial Park home ‘Walsholme’ on the market


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‘Walshholme’ is a character home, few others can match. Picture: Supplied

‘Walsholme’ is as incredible a home as is unique.

The landmark Romanesque-style residence has been a been a key figure in Sydney’s housing scene since it was built in 1906.

In that time, it has developed something of a cult following among locals, architects, real estate agents and property buyers alike for its architectural highlights, of which similar examples are hard to find.

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‘Walsholme’ is an landmark home. Picture: Supplied

For some, the home’s popularity stems from the striking resemblance the historically important house bears to the home of The Addams Family. And it’s on the market just in time for Halloween.

The stunning two-storey home at 12 Lang Rd in Centennial Park, will change owners for the first time in 13 years, after it hit the market through seller’s agent Ben Collier of The Agency with a price guide of $9.5 million to $10 million.

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The home has enjoyed a contemporary makeover while maintaining its original character. Picture: Supplied

The current owners have given the house, originally built for the Consul-General for Honduras, a contemporary renovation while ensuring it remains faithful to its traditional character.

“It is one of the iconic, landmark homes of the area,” Mr Collier said.

12 Lang Rd Centennial Park. Picture: Google Maps

The house’s turret and flagpole is one of its most recognisable features. Picture: Google Maps

The house itself commands attention from the street.

“With the turret and the flagpole, it is very unique for the area,” Mr Collier said.

“It is ready to move straight in and enjoy. There is also the opportunity for the new buyer to come in and put their own style and influence on the home.”

The Addams Family House. Picture: Supplied

‘Walsholme’ bears a striking resemblance to The Addams Family House. Picture: Supplied

“It will draw in buyers looking for a large family home in Woollahra with everything you could need. It’s in a great location and the walkability is fantastic. Woollahra Village on Queen St is only minutes away, Centennial Park is of course right across the road and the Entertainment Quarter, the Equestrian Centre and the SCG are just a stroll away. It’s also close to the city by car.”

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The house has enjoyed a contemporary makeover. Picture: Supplied

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While remaining faithful to its Romanesque roots. Picture: Supplied

On almost 1000 sq m, ‘Walsholme’ offers manicured gardens, grand formal rooms for dining and entertaining, a piano room, a mosaic tiled pool and spa, five bedrooms and three marble bathrooms, a rooftop terrace, 12ft pressed metal ceilings, restored fireplaces, a grand staircase and a Coach House reimagined as a self contained two-storey cottage.

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Contemporary living with traditional appeal. Picture: Supplied

“It’s a beautiful home with the character and tradition that is difficult to find these days,” Mr Collier said.

“But it also has modern conversions to the kitchen and bathrooms for that ease of contemporary living.”

‘Walsholme’ last sold in 2003 for $3.9 million.

‘Verulam’, a Moore Park property, also with a resemblance to Addams Family architecture was on the market in 2014.

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‘Verulam’ sold for $3.08m in 2014. Picture: Tim Hunter/News Corp Australia

It was in a far more parlous state than ‘Walsholme’ and on only 400 sq m. It sold for the first time since 1924, for $3.08 million. It has since been restored.

Addams familyhouse. Picture: supplied

The house that featured in the 1991 Addams Family movie. Picture: supplied

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