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The Golden Triangle

Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday October 9, 2004

Margie Blok

Burradoo, that elite little pocket of the Southern Highlands, knows it's pretty special.

Burradoo is the Southern Highlands equivalent of Sydney's Palm Beach: an upmarket precinct marked by a strong whiff of "old money" and hallmark homes with lofty price tags.

Some 130 kilometres from Sydney and 661 metres above sea-level, Burradoo was established about 125 years ago as a hill station retreat for Sydney's wealthy.

Just past the bustling township of Bowral, it is now an elegant residential area with magnificent houses (old and new) built on garden estates of up to two hectares.

There are two distinct sides to Burradoo, which is bisected by busy Moss Vale Road. Like Palm Beach, there is a strong sense of snobbery, the locals referring to the area on the eastern side of Moss Vale Road as "Burra-don't", while the western side is definitely "Burra-do".

This "right" side encompasses the Golden Triangle bounded by Riversdale Avenue, the railway line and Moss Vale Road.

In this prestige patch, the minimum subdivision is 4000 square metres and the tree-lined avenues - Osborne, Holly, Burradoo, Werrington and Riversdale - are considered the smartest addresses, according to local real estate agent Drew Lindsay.

"Burradoo, like the rest of the Southern Highlands, has experienced an influx of permanent and part-time residents during the past five years and they're prepared to pay premium prices for the perfect property," Lindsay says.

"Recently, a property in the Golden Triangle sold for $1.25 million; it was a 4000-square-metre parcel of land with a four-bedroom house that the buyers have since demolished. This is a record price for a block of this size in Burradoo.

"Properties here are still reasonably priced for people moving from the eastern suburbs. Most Burradoo buyers come from there."

Prices for homes on the western side of Burradoo range from $1 million to $7 million. On the eastern side, house prices start from between $600,000 and $700,000.

"The Burradoo market has levelled off this year," Lindsay says. "Prices are on a plateau, they haven't gone down."



$2.95 million+

House 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, heating, views

Built 2002

Land 5074sqm

For sale By private treaty

Inspect By appointment

Agent Drew Lindsay Real Estate, 0412 180 765

At the cul-de-sac end of Osborne Road, this home overlooking Wingecarribee River and the rolling paddocks of neighbouring Inverness Stud Farm feels as though it was built decades ago.

Designed by architect Richard Rowe, it has a high pitched roof and tall sash windows that flood the interior with natural light.

Inside are spacious open-plan formal living and dining rooms leading to a stone terrace overlooking the river. Adjacent are the kitchen, casual dining area, study and family room with open fireplace. Also in this wing is the main bedroom with dressing room and ensuite.

At the other end of the house are a billiards room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry.



$2.85 million+

House 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, billiard room, granny flat

Built 1884

Land 1.02 hectares

For sale By private treaty

Inspect By appointment

Agent Richardson & Wrench Bowral, 0423 344 453

Abergeldie was built by Dr Edwin Chisholm and his wife, Emily, who were among the first to buy land in the subdivided Sheppard Estate in what is now known as Burradoo.

When the slate-roofed house was built in 1884, the Chisholms' land measured 11 hectares and spanned the Moss Vale Road.

The original land has been whittled away by subdivision over the years and the house now stands on 1.02 hectares. The owners also have an adjacent 3753 square metre paddock that can be purchased separately, priced at $500,000.

Abergeldie has an impressive facade, but the interior of the mansion is ready for a makeover.

Entry to the house is through double doors from the deep front veranda. The sprawling layout includes a hallway with a lofty ceiling, a formal reception room with an open fireplace, a formal dining room, a billiard room, a family room, six bedrooms, two bathrooms and a granny flat. In the grounds are a stand-alone, four-car garage and workshop.



About $6.5 million

House 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, separate self-contained staff accommodation, tennis court, 6000-bottle cellar, triple garage

Built 1920s, rebuilt 1980s

Land 2 hectares

For sale By private treaty

Inspect By appointment

Agent Drew Lindsay Real Estate, 0412 180 765

Total privacy is assured within this walled two-hectare estate. The gated formal entrance (one of three such entrances, including one for tradesmen) is draped with wisteria. When the gates swing open, a sweeping driveway leading to the house is revealed, leaving the visitor spellbound by the first glimpse of the award-winning English-style gardens, planted with crabapples, cherries, rhododendrons, tulips, peonies and an array of cold-climate exotics.

Step from the porte-cochere, with tranquil water feature, into the central foyer of this superbly built residence and to the left is the bedroom wing.

The main bedroom suite has a walk-in dressing room, ensuite and sitting room/study. There are four further double bedrooms and two bathrooms in this area.

To the right of the foyer are the formal sitting and dining rooms and a kitchen/family room opening to a north-facing courtyard.

A corridor links the kitchen with a long, glass dining conservatory on the other side of this courtyard. Also in this living wing are a guest bedroom suite, media room and laundry.

© 2004 Sydney Morning Herald

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