View from the ferry – Heritage Federation Home Mosman

Heritage Homes - 1 Avenue Road Mosman 2088 - Monterey

As I sit on the ferry, I gaze up at some of the wonderful heritage, federation style homes that are peppered between the more modern mansions and unit blocks. I spied this amazing building and at first I thought it was just one huge Federation home. I looked a little closer and did a bit of research. “Monterey”, as it is known, is made up of a block of 5 over 3 stories.

I currently live in heritage unit home in Mosman, although our home doesn’t command such an impressive view or presence from the ferry and isn’t as luxurious. I love our open wood fireplace, large-scale rooms, floor boards, high ceiling and exposed wood. The Federation home is a symbol of Australia’s identity. Build at the turn of the century,  these homes are seen in the more established suburbs of Sydney, such as the Lower North Shore,  including Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay, Manly and North Sydney to name a few. 

The Federation home is seen by some as a symbol of Australia’s identity. Built at the turn of the century,  these homes are seen in the more established suburbs of Sydney, such as the Lower North Shore,  including Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay, Manly and North Sydney to name a few. 

Monterey Federations Apartments - View from verandah
Monterey Federations Apartments – View from verandah

“The Monterey” was designed and built in the early 1900s as a private waterside residence and guesthouse. It fell into dereliction, Falling into dereliction, the Federation homes were completely restored and turned into a restaurant and residence. It was eventually converted into 5 luxury strata apartments in the 1980s.

The block is, of course, heritage listed. In the renovation the original Queen Anne Federation features were restored, bringing back the magnificent character features through the entire building.

Monterey Federations Apartments 1 Avenue Road - Example of a dining room with arched windows
Monterey Federations Apartments 1 Avenue Road – Example of a dining room with arched windows

Apartment 5 is one of larger of the 3 bedroom apartments. It is a very spacious, unique and beautifully presented home and set over 2 levels on the top of the block.

Monterey Federations Apartments 1 Avenue Road - Delightful arched windows and French doors
Monterey Federations Apartments 1 Avenue Road – Delightful arched windows and french doors
"Monterey" 1 Avenue Road Mosman - view from the verandah
“Monterey” 1 Avenue Road Mosman – view from the verandah
Heritage photograph of Monterey Federation Apartments  - 1 Avenue Road Mosman 2088
Heritage photograph of Monterey Federation Apartments – 1 Avenue Road Mosman 2088
Outdoor entertaining verandah at Monterey - 1 Avenue Road Mosman 2088
Outdoor entertaining verandah at Monterey – 1 Avenue Road Mosman 2088
The beautiful wrap around verandah at 1  Avenue Road Mosman 2088
The beautiful wrap around verandah at 1 Avenue Road Mosman 2088
Lovely original Federation features such as fire places, arches, and open living areas.
Lovely original Federation features such as fireplaces, arches, and open living areas.
stunning sandstone building materials
stunning sandstone building materials

In 2015, Unit 5 sold for $2,050,000, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 cars spaces. Because of the unique qualities of such a home, it will always hold and increase it’s value. The views are amazing, the floor plan original.

Monterey 9 FS
Monterey Floor Plan for Unit 5
Monterey Floor plan unit 4
Monterey Floor plan unit 4

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Sources: domain.com.au / federation-house.wikispaces.com

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