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.


This stylish family home combines a classic palette and finishes with a flexible floorplan

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A new development in the Hills District sets a new standard in buyer expectations

Wed, May 22, 2024 3 min

Castle Hill is set to be home to a new hotel-like development, with the announcement that the 94-apartment Astrid site is just weeks away from completion.

While the penthouse apartments across the two buildings have already been snapped up, there are still one, two and three-bedroom residences on offer. The development comes with a gold star iCIRT rating, guaranteeing it has met quality construction standards. The iCIRT rating system has been developed by Equifax in partnership with government, industry and market and rates projects from one to five stars following a rigorous and independent review process.

Steve Harb from developer CBD Core, said it’s the best indicator would-be buyers could have that their investment is safe.

“The iCIRT rating gives people the assurance that we’re trustworthy and have integrity as a developer,” he says. “Our service is complete from start to finish, from developer to builder. 

“As a buyer, you have one point of contact, there’s no shifting responsibility or passing the buck so if anyone has an issue, it can be sorted out as soon as possible.”

He said Astrid has proved popular with locals interested in upgrading without leaving the convenience and amenity of the Hills District. Surrounded by some of the best restaurants, clubs and recreational facilities in the area, it is also just six minutes’ walk to the new Metro station and a seven-minute drive to Castle Towers Shopping Centre. Schools and tertiary education options are also within an easy drive. In addition to some of the best parks and reserves in Sydney, it’s an attractive option for families on the move.

Mr Harb said the concept for the development, as with all his projects, was to create a hotel-like environment.

“I only do boutique projects and when I say ‘boutique’, I mean hotels without the concierge,” he says. “The quality and integrity is built into it.”

The infinity edge pool is surrounded by leafy gardens in a resort-style environment.

Leisure facilities include rooftop gardens and entertaining spaces as well as a fully equipped gym on the ground floor overlooking an infinity edge pool surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Mr Harb says beautiful landscaping is a signature of all his developments.

“I have lived in the Hills District for more than 15 years and the reason I live here is because I love the leafy environment, the greenery,” he says. “I always like to emphasise that in my developments with strong landscaping.”


Recognising the ongoing desire to adopt a hybrid working model, Astrid provides a dedicated on-site working environment suitable for exclusive use by residents needing focused work time, as well as those seeking professional meeting rooms to receive clients, with wifi enabled work desks, as well as more casual seating. 

Mr Harb said the pandemic taught him that, while working from home was convenient, having breakout spaces within a wider residential development was highly attractive.

“You’re not stuck looking at the same four walls,” he says. “The shared work space at Astrid has comfortable lounges, chairs, coffee tables and more than a dozen cubicles,” he says. “It’s more like going into a meeting room in a hotel.”

The apartments are characterised by light-filled interiors.


The apartments are light-filled living spaces with seamless access to balconies, through to integrated joinery secreting storage. Finishes have been chosen to last, from the Michael Angelo Quartz benchtop and Char Oak Polytec Ravine joinery in the kitchen to the stone splashback and custom-made joinery in the bathroom.

Access throughout the buildings is via a swipe card, providing a secure environment. 

For more information, see Astrid Castle Hill.


This stylish family home combines a classic palette and finishes with a flexible floorplan

35 North Street Windsor

Just 55 minutes from Sydney, make this your creative getaway located in the majestic Hawkesbury region.

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