A former toy and educate museum within the Blue Mountains has come to marketplace for the primary time in additional than a century and after 4 generations in the similar circle of relatives fingers.
Leuralla, a length belongings at 43 to 69 Balmoral Rd in Leura is the second one dwelling house to be constructed at the similar 5.5 acre property within the historical township west of Sydney.
An authentic area built at the land in 1903 via the overdue Harry Andreas Esquire used to be tragically destroyed via bushfires and the present Federation loose classical house used to be erected at the similar spot in 1914.
As the house of the Katoomba Song Society within the Thirties, Leuralla hosted a large number of musical visitors together with the global celebrated pianist Solomon Cutner, referred to as The Nice Solomon, composer and conductor Sir Eugene Goosens, and tune critic and cricket commentator Sir Neville Cardus.
Andreas’ daughter, Marjorie Alice Evatt (nee Andreas) and her husband Clive Raleigh Evatt Senior got the circle of relatives belongings within the Nineteen Fifties, it used to be then handed right down to Victor Raphael Evatt within the Nineteen Eighties, and in the end to the overdue Clive Andreas Evatt Jnr.
It used to be Evatt Jnr, a famend barrister, and his 2d spouse Elizabeth Margaret Evatt (nee Avery) who remodeled the place of abode and grounds into the NSW Toy and Railway Museum in 1980.
The passionate pair scoured the globe for uncommon and collectable toy and railway memorabilia to curate what used to be regarded as the sector’s probably the most vital unmarried choice of twentieth century toys.
In Would possibly 2022 the museum used to be in the end closed after floods, fireplace and Covid impacted the trade and the treasures had been offered off below the hammer overdue closing 12 months. In keeping with auctioneers from Davidson Auctions, the task of cataloguing the years of collectables used to be so intense a staff of 4 professionals moved into the house for 4 months.
The large price tag merchandise to promote used to be a Marklin HMS Horrible Tinplate Clockwork Battleship which fetched $26,000 at public sale.
Simply indexed via co-agents Craig Pontey of McGrath Double Bay and Darren Curtis of Christie’s Global Actual Property, the stately six-bedroom place of abode keeps lots of its authentic options first crafted via architect Edward Hewlett Hogben.
Past the vintage portico entryway, there may be French polished Queensland maple panelling all the way through, coffered and moulded ceilings, ornate fireplaces, formal rooms together with a ‘gents’s drawing room’, a tune room, video games room, grand staircase, more than a few balconies and enclosed verandas.
The implausible sprawling property is on 11 titles with magical formal grounds designed via Harry Andreas and up to date via Paul Sorensen that includes sandstone partitions, rolling lawns and meandering paths at the fringes of the Blue Mountains Nationwide Park close to Elysian Rock Lookout.
In keeping with PropTrack, the median area value in Leura is $990,000. That’s down 20.8 consistent with cent over the last three hundred and sixty five days.