Saturday, September 18, 2010

Number 75

The eastern Sydney suburb of Paddington is renown for its galleries, boutiques, parks, cafes & many beautifully restored terrace houses. Only 3.5kms. from the Sydney CBD, most Paddington residential development is characterised by single and double storey terrace style houses. As the Victorian period progressed and especially towards the end of the century, the simplicity of Georgian houses & terraces tended to give way to elaborate decorations and wrought iron fittings. These small terraces give Paddington its distinctive architectural character.

75 Paddington Street, Paddington is a gorgeous c. 1880's cottage which has undergone a remarkable renovation. While adding a contemporary edge to the design, the reno. has also importantly, incorporated & celebrated many of the home's original period features. The exterior view of the front of the house.

The heated swimming pool & terrace area.

A light-filled contemporary living space with vaulted ceilings incorporates a CaesarStone kitchen.

The sitting room at the front of the house, with its high ceilings, refined period details & open fireplace.

Fabulous dining room featuring the original exposed sandstone walls.

Cosy reception rooms again highlighting original features such as the recycled blackbutt floors.

The stairs lead to upper level double bedrooms and a full main bathroom.

Wonderful use of light wells on the upper landing.

More exposed sandstone walls used to great effect here in a bedroom.

The main bedroom is tucked up under the roof.

Clever design has maximised the available space for storage in the main bedroom.

Large double skylights allow the light to flood into the main upstairs bathroom.

The downstairs reception rooms access the central courtyard garden via French doors opening onto the terrace. This home is a perfect little gem set right in the heart of one of Sydney's most vibrant suburbs.
Images: Mcgrath Real Estate


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous, and is actually the home of Collette Dinnigan, so it's no wonder it's so chic and stylish. Lovely. K xx

  2. Collette has made it look even better than it did before too- this was one of my favourite stroll past homes when we lived in Paddo... nearly bought it. In my head anyway... A x

  3. Actually - here's the before - when it was last sold. As you say, lots of changes.

  4. Ann thanks so much for the Before link. Wow, what an improvement. It had basically great bones, but clever, practical redesign has really stepped it up a zillion notches. I buy lots of fab places in my head too, but our Bank Manager is delighted that I can never actually move in to them!
    Millie ^_^

  5. Millie I have never seen architecture like this! The front doesn't even look real. Oh my gosh the kitchen is incredible with the sliding wall. Also love the exposed stone against all the crisp white. Thanks for sharing.

  6. When I left home, I moved first to a flat in Bondi and then to a 'Bachelor Pad' as they were called in those days, in Paddington. Oh how I remember walking around the streets and laneways, looking at all the gorgeous little terraces in Paddo and the larger, but still gorgeous, houses in Woollahra. Thank you for reminding me of those days filled with such architectural delights.

  7. Thanks for sharing this Gorgeous House..(being an ex-Sydneysider) I use to hang around that area as a Teen...have always Loved it.

  8. This is a beautiful, beautiful house, Millie, possibly worth moving continents for. I'll step straight in with a paltry offer.

  9. Millie...I am loving this place. We looked in Paddington years ago but never found the perfect spot and headed to the northern suburbs of Sydney instead.

    I just read that this is the home of Collette Dinnigan, that explains it all...what a treasure! Both of them.

    Jeanne :)

    PS... many thanks for your birthday wishes, just catching up and so nice to know I share a share a birthday with MOTH.

  10. excited to see I have exactly the same lamps in the main bedroom, you are right, this is a little gem and just divine.

  11. Oh, what a beautiful house. So enchanting! Love all the white and sun streaming in from all sides! Gorgeous!
    Thanks for the tour! One day I come and visit!!!
    Happy Sunday, Millie!


  12. i can't get over the door system between the pool and kitch/family room.
    pretty fabulous.


  13. Hi Millie,

    What a beautiful home and I thought it was Collette Dinnigans home, as I saw it in a magazine.
    This gem certainly has some lovely features.
    I love all the two storied Paddington houses.

    Have a lovely Sunday

  14. It is a gorgeous home Millie. I could see myself living there couldn't you? Enjoy the rest of your weekend. ;-)

  15. What a stunning home, very tastefully done. Love the skylights in the bathroom, something I am looking at for my new ensuite which hopfeully will be done by Christmas.

  16. Millie,
    I could move right in to #75 and not change a thing. I've never seen sandstone walls; they are gorgeous. I must follow Ann's link and see the "before" photos. Thanks for a great house tour.

  17. Wow, this is STUNNING!!! Love it all !! :)


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Without a quickening of the heart.
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