Mosman 1890s mansion Tregoyd listed for $5,500 weekly rental

Mosman 1890s mansion Tregoyd listed for $5,500 weekly rental
Jonathan ChancellorDecember 8, 2020

Tregoyd, the seven-bedroom 1890s Mosman mansion, has been listed for $5,500 weekly rental.

It last sold to the Paris-based O’Brien family for $3.25 million in 1999 when they became its fourth owner.

The residence was part of the 1.1-hectare estate sold for $11 million in 1996 by Pioneer Concrete founder Sir Tristan Antico, who was quite the gentleman when he showed Title Tattle through the house before its sale. It was where Sir Tristan and Lady Antico raised their seven children.

Antico, who died at 81 in 2005, arrived at Sydney's overseas terminal in 1930, aged seven, with just three words of English – "yes, no and toilet". He swam, well into his 70s, each morning at Balmoral Beach, just below Tregoyd. It was his love of horses – through Bernborough Breeding and Racing Ltd – that bought him fiscal problems when in the early 1990s horse prices dropped by 50% or more. His personal losses were considerable so in 1991 he sold almost all of his Pioneer shares but remained in the honorary capacity of president until the Pioneer he had built in 1950 with a few wheelbarrows and shovels and an Oldsmobile was consumed by Lord Hanson's group in 2000 for around $4 billion.

The National Trust-listed mansion was built for Sir William Cullen, the Chief Justice of NSW. Author Ethel Turner, of Seven Little Australians fame, spent much of her time at Tregoyd visiting Lady Cullen and finding inspiration in the gardens and views overlooking Balmoral Beach.

Tregoyd's second owner was Mosman Daily newspaper founder Arthur Walker, who bought the Raglan Street property in 1917. Walker sold to Sir Tristan and Lady Antico for £11,000 in 1953.

Despite hard-fought opposition from locals, the estate was carved into a luxury residential compound with 11 pavillion-style houses designed by Allen Jack & Cottierhitect Keith Cottier.

The 120-year-old residence sits on a 2,800-square-metre curtilage.

The townhouse project was undertaken by the Malaysian-backed Dealruby group, known for its $180 million high-rise apartment towers at Moore Park Gardens in South Dowling Street, Redfern.

It’s listed through Ray White Neutral Bay/Mosman leasing agent Nick Yates.

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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