08.10.2022 Lifestyle

Non-traditional Homes Bucking The Trend In Sydney’s East

Non-traditional Homes Bucking The Trend In Sydney’s East

What happens when you have a “non-traditional” property in an area known for a completely different type of home?

We take a look at some very different and unique properties in Paddington, Woollahra, Centennial Park, and Bellevue Hill that aren’t what you’d necessarily expect.

Many suburbs are known for a particular type of property. Paddington is synonymous with terrace houses, Potts Point is famous for its classic art deco apartments, and Darling Point is renowned for its modern apartments.

So when buyers look for a home in these suburbs, they’re usually focused on securing a property that fits the stereotype. But what happens when you have a “non-traditional” property in an area known for a completely different housing type?

In a class of their own

When you’re looking at Victorian terraces or Art Deco flats, there generally won’t be too many differences in layout, design or even size. That’s not true for “non-traditional” properties. Here, there can be wide variations in style, shape, size, design, or layout and this often makes it difficult to compare them with typical properties in the area.

These variations can also make it more difficult to set a price because there often aren’t too many properties to compare them with.

That said, not everyone who moves to an area wants a property in the same style, and we’re often surprised by the positive feedback we receive from buyers and the results we achieve for non-traditional homes. In fact, they can often command a premium, simply because of their scarcity.

We find that newly built homes in traditional areas are in particularly high demand – especially when the owners have worked with a cutting-edge or leading architect to design their creation.

Here are some examples of “non-traditional” homes we’ve sold in recent years.


Known for its Victorian terraced housing complete with iron balustrades, Paddington’s streets are also home to the occasional modern gem.

We sold 11 Stephen Street, Paddington during last year’s lockdown – a building which definitely stands out in its surrounds. Designed with concrete and featuring abundant glass and louvres, this brand new building was created on what had been a remnant block of empty land.

The property sold for a fabulous price and attracted solid attention from buyers who wanted the finished product that was move-in-ready. It also featured great design and a double car garage – something not often found in inner-city Paddington.

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While many buyers come to Woollahra for its village feel, and character-filled Victorian cottages on tree-lined streets, the suburb also has some uniquely different properties. Some of these are hiding in plain sight.

The traditional façade is all that remains at 17-21 Rush Street, Woollahra – a building transformed by architect Renato D’Ettorre to move beyond the streetscape into a genuine modern masterpiece.

Another example is 95 Moncur Street, Woollahra: a completely modern, light-filled and award-winning sustainably designed home, complete with landscaped garden and pond. The property was conceived by another well-known architect, John Grove.

Bellevue Hill

While you may associate Bellevue Hill with grand 19th Century estates like Rona or even 1930s Hollywood-style whitewashed Spanish Mission homes, the suburb is also home to more recent properties that showcase exceptional architecture.

2 Sheldon Place, Bellevue Hill is one such property, epitomising the very best of mid-century modernist architecture. Built in the 1960s, its eclectic design features original decorative breezeblocks and entertaining terraces, with large picture windows that capture northerly views. It’s recently undergone a sympathetic renovation and oozes an authentic retro-cool that can’t be replicated.

Centennial Park

Think Centennial Park and you’ll usually think of the stately, federation homes dating back to the original subdivisions of the 1900s. But, while these homes remain highly sought after, Centennial Park actually has a lot more to offer.

Centennial Park’s quiet leafy streets are a hop, skip and jump away from Woollahra village and the city. And beyond the terraced lawns and hedges, you’ll find a raft of unique architecturally-designed properties.

One of these is 34 Martin Road, a striking, contemporary oasis created by Professor Ken McBryde. Emphasising a connection between indoor and outdoor living, it offers four bedrooms and a pool with expansive lawns that maximise the northerly aspect.

It really offers everything good about modern living right in the heart of a traditional streetscape.

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Thinking about buying or selling in Sydney’s eastern suburbs? Get in touch with our team today.