Avalon medieval sandstone castle hits the Sydney market

Avalon medieval sandstone castle hits the Sydney market
Avalon medieval sandstone castle hits the Sydney market

Another medieval sandstone castle has hit the Sydney market.

This one was built at Avalon in the 1950s named Götterdämmerung, in reference to the final cycle of Wagner's Ring Cycle opera. Set on 3,238 square metre, up 100 steps at 40 Chisholm Avenue.

It is listed for sale at $2.5 million plus.

It was the opera devotee architect Edwin Kingsberry's idea to build the house, however he lacked the funds and the land sold to Leslie Erwin, a salesman for Colgate/Parmolive. Erwin constructed it to impress guests and as a present for his wife. However, Erwin's wife - and the mother of the current vendors - ran off with the architect.

Set on the northern side of an unspoilt rocky summit above Clareville Beach, it's been described by LJ Hooker Palm Beach agent David Edwards as the most interesting example of imaginative 1950s sandstone houses to be found on the peninsula.

At Mullumbimby the eccentric architect, Edwin Kingsbury had a concept of “harmonious architecture”, with a round central building with four radiating wings, no 90-degree angles, and magical reflecting ponds. The locals euphemistically called it “the Castle.”

Meanwhile a replica medieval castle in Leumeah, NSW is now under contract after reducing the asking price.




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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