1969 Wilkinson Award winner at Cheltenham sold

1969 Wilkinson Award winner at Cheltenham sold
1969 Wilkinson Award winner at Cheltenham sold

The winner of the 1969 Wilkinson Award, a Philip Cox-designed house at Cheltenham, has a new owner.

Considered as one of the best mid-century houses in Australia, the late 1960s 19 Norma Crescent home sold midweek, some two years after its listing.

Its last price guidance was $2.59 million having initial $3 million hopes.

It last traded for $1.405 million in 2013 to the Apap family, in fairly original condition. Since then it has bathroom and kitchen renovations which don't detract too much from the style of the home.

It first traded for $108,000 in 1976 when sold by the Hawkins household.

When designed by Philip Cox in 1968, he was an influential proponent of the Sydney School – a style of architecture responding to its environment, often built in natural bushland, organic, and using natural materials.

The Wilkinson is the highest accolade of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects

The five bedroom home has been updated and renovated around its central courtyard that features a pool and spa.

There's a self-contained lower level with its own private entry on the 1,150 sqm parcel that adjoins the Lane Cove National Park.

Built with creamy-yellow expressed bricks, it comes with brush box floors, oregon ceilings and exposed cedar rafters.  

"The purchasers are a young couple with three children who will honour and love the home as it is," Noemi Guttmann, the Black Diamondz selling agent said. 

This article first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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