Villa Biscaya, the $10 million Rose Bay Spanish Mission trophy home

Villa Biscaya, the $10 million Rose Bay Spanish Mission trophy home
Villa Biscaya, the $10 million Rose Bay Spanish Mission trophy home

The landmark 1929 Spanish Mission Rose Bay residence Villa Biscaya has been listed with $10 million-plus hopes.

It was designed by architect Alan Edgecliff Stafford, who, during the 1920s, worked with leading design firms in Los Angeles and Palm Beach (Florida) where glamorous Spanish Mission style houses were popular.

The home, surrounded by palm trees, has been listed by the medical entrepreneur Robert Gregg and his wife, Elaine.

The Tivoli Avenue residence on 1,119 square metres last sold in late 1998 for $2.14 million when bought from Anne Melkman.

There's been a restoration of the vaulted ceilings, arched windows, Juliet balconies and Spanish tiled roof.

A swimming pool and guest cabana has been added to the property.

The November 10 auction will be conducted by Jaime Upton from the Alison Coopes agency.

Title Tattle recalls when the Rose Bay mansion was sold by medico Michael Aroney for $1.1 million in late 1986 to the English-based insurance group C. E. Heath Underwriting. Aroney had been the NSW chairman of the Australian Association of Surgeons. The insurance group sold for $1.81 million in 1995.

Of course, it's just round the corner on Tivoli Avenue from Villa Florida.

And another Stafford-designed Spanish Mission-style house was El Antonio at Clifton Gardens in Mosman. 

The house was built in 1934 for George Eckblade, managing director of Wrigley's Australia, and his wife, Helen featuring white-washed stucco walls and terracotta roof tiles.


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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