Inside The Historic 'Namarong' Mansion
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Inside The Historic ‘Namarong’ Mansion

The remodelled Italianate pile is on the market.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, May 13, 2022 2:31pmGrey Clock 2 min

Here, in Melbourne’s Armadale, comes the rare opportunity to own one of the city’s true landmarks, ‘Namarong’. Built in 1868, the historic home — which is perched on 3370sqm of what once was pastoral highland — offers a confident combination of old-world charm combined with a contemporary remodel.

The exterior of the heady pile arrives in an Italianate Victorian fashion with lush gardens  — of which two of the remaining original palms — punctuate the tree-lined avenue with the sweeping gated forecourt of Parisienne sensibility creating a captivating entrance.

Within the home’s three levels, 6-bedrooms, 5-bathrooms, and enough parking for 8-cars, the old world script has been completely flipped following a two-year renovation by designers Kennedy Nolan.

While plasterwork and joinery retain or emulate the charm of a Victorian, they have been updated with bright colours – think vibrant blues and bright orange carpets combined with high ceilings and detailed panelwork throughout.

The ground floor sees the formal lounge and music room alongside a separated living and dining and the kitchen, with its ‘Tangerine’ Laconche, handmade French stovetop and oven.

Also here is a scullery, walk-in pantry and home office with access to the terrace and barbecue area.

Upstairs sees the majority of the home’s accommodation, with four bedrooms plus the master suite found here. The master suite includes an expansive retreat, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ dressing rooms and a large, opulently appointed ensuite. Also on the first level is a library and mezzanine access to a meditation room.

The home’s lower level gives access to the guest quarters, which includes a bedroom that sits alongside an expansive housekeeper’s laundry, theatre, games room, another kitchen and access to the courtyard, garage and sauna.

Back outside, and meandering through the residence’s expansive grounds, one finds the inground pool – which was once an indoor pool, the charming tennis enclosure and a functional alfresco dining area.

The home offers the best of Armadale’s peaceful, tree-lined living and is only 7km from Melbourne’s CBD  and only minutes from the suburb’s High Street and its shopping and eateries.

The home is listed with Private Property Global’s Michael Gibson; (+61 418 530 392). Price guide $22-24 million.


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The 390-acre property has 2 miles of frontage on the Rogue River

Tue, Sep 27, 2022 8:47am 2 min

Former “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy is putting his roughly 390-acre Oregon ranch on the market for $14 million.

The property sits along the Rogue River outside the city of Medford in southern Oregon, according to Alan DeVries of Sotheby’s International Realty, who has the listing with colleague Matt Cook.

Mr. Duffy said he bought the first roughly 130 acres of the property in 1990 for roughly $1.5 million with his late wife, Carlyn Rosser. The couple spent roughly two decades and about $3 million buying surrounding properties when they went up for sale, said the actor, who has made the ranch his primary home since the early 2000s.

“My family always felt like we were stewards as opposed to owners,” said Mr. Duffy, 73. “We kept the boundaries sacred.”

Mr. Duffy said he first saw the property while fishing with a friend. The property contained a few structures, including what is now the main house, but was mostly wilderness, he said.

“It was pristine,” he said. “There was no paved road. There were some trails through the woods and about a mile—a little less than a mile—of river frontage.”

Mr. Duffy said he flew Ms. Rosser out to see the ranch, and they bought it. The main house has four bedrooms, and connects to a gallery where the couple displayed their art collection. They converted a caretaker’s cottage into a one-bedroom guesthouse with a loft. They also added a building that contains a hot tub overlooking the river, a structure for an indoor lap pool, and a wine cellar built into the side of a mountain, all within walking distance of each other.

As they purchased adjacent properties over the years, they acquired eight more houses and several pastures that are rented out to local ranchers. One of the homes was demolished, six are rented to tenants, and one is used as the ranch manager’s house, according to Mr. Duffy.

“We became a working ranch but not with our own animals,” he said. “It added the most beautiful, bucolic sense of the place.”

A homestead that dates back over 100 years still sits at the entrance to the property, he said. In it he found an old stove, which he restored and put in the main house. But the majority of the roughly 390 acres remains wilderness. The property now has approximately 2 miles of river frontage, according to Mr. DeVries.

For roughly a decade, Mr. Duffy and Ms. Rosser used the ranch as a family getaway from their primary home in Los Angeles. Then in the early 2000s, when their children went off to college, they decided to move there full time.

Ms. Rosser died in 2017, and Mr. Duffy said he plans to move full-time to either California or Colorado. He will keep a few parcels of land that aren’t attached to the main ranch, according to Mr. DeVries.

Mr. Duffy is well-known for his role as Bobby Ewing in the TV drama “Dallas,” which ran from 1978 to 1991. He also played Frank Lambert on the 1990s sitcom “Step By Step.” Today he runs an online sourdough business, called Duffy’s Dough, with his partner, Linda Purl.

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