Walter Burley Griffin's Pymble design, Coppins subdivided and sold

Walter Burley Griffin's Pymble design, Coppins subdivided and sold
Walter Burley Griffin's Pymble design, Coppins subdivided and sold

Coppins, the last and largest Australian house designed by the internationally renowned architect Walter Burley Griffin, has sold for about $3.25 million through Mark Blake of Luschwitz Real Estate.

On leaving for India in 1935, Griffin's architectural associate Eric Nicholls completed the plans for the 1935 house.

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The Coppins estate had previously always sold as two titles on Telegraph Road, but this month's sale is the sandstone house on 5716 square metres.

The house was built for the Pratten who ran a printing business. Title Tattle recalls even the dog kennel bore the Griffin design stamp.

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The Coppins estate was sold to the Dening family, who then sold it for $6.1 million in 2001 to property developer Michael Kwok.

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Kwok tried unsuccessfully to sell it for more than $8.5 million, but by mid-2012 it was listed for sale by HSBC Bank after Kwok's bankruptcy.

Kwok's failed Australian business ventures included the Fairmont Resort at Leura in the Blue Mountains.

The 3927-square-metre adjoining block with a 1950s two bedroom cottage and a tennis court remains listed for about $1.6 million through Luschwitz.

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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