Wilga, built in 1901 by Smith & Cabban, is a truly grand residence, one in a Mosman precinct of equally significant mansions. It is an outstanding example of Federation architecture transformed to suit modern family living, where magnificent original features have been faithfully maintained and restored and sympathetic contemporary additions have been seamlessly integrated.
This fully renovated stately home is impeccably presented internally and externally, as expected in a house of such integrity. The Federation-era part of the house is pure and beautifully preserved: ornate ceilings and cornices are a notable feature; all windows have the original glass; fireplaces with marble surrounds have been restored; and only retrieved sandstone from Balmain has been used in recently installed paths, fountains and fence pillars.
The formal and casual living / entertaining areas are on main floor, with bedrooms and full bathrooms on the upper level, accessed by front and rear internal staircases. All rooms are generous in size, with high ceilings and linked by graceful archways, creating an ambiance of luxury and comfort. This is reinforced by the unifying neutral tones, dark polished floors on the main level, plush carpeting on the upper, and huge sash windows and French doors.
Two expansive terraces, one opening off the splendid dining room and one across the full rear of the house, provide for both casual and more formal outdoor entertaining. The gardens are manicured and easily maintained, with landscaping by renowned designer Peter Fudge. Judicious hedging lends privacy.
Notable features include:
Heated in-ground pool with teak decking; direct access to lower level shower, WC, sauna
Sleek, sunny, contemporary kitchen and integrated casual dining, with wide French doors to terrace, discreet slimline blinds; mains gas for undercover bbq.
Caesarstone island and bench tops, Smeg 6-ring gas stove, hot & cold Hydrotaps in efficient galley kitchen; butlers pantry and cold room behind
Vast, comfortable family room, with Jetmaster fire, opening onto terrace with stairs to pool area
Large laundry with external access, adjacent to kitchen
Enormous light-filled master bedroom with bay window and expansive city views, opening to rear covered verandah
Separate sleekly designed dressing room
Spacious master bathroom with double sinks, best view of city from shower!
Four more huge bedrooms, three with verandah access
Ceiling fans in all bedrooms, wonderful air flow through large windows
Striking contemporary bathrooms throughout marble & tile, heated floors in travertine, with external windows and shutters
* Generous study/office, sunny northern aspect, opening to parterre garden with sandstone water feature
Lower level rumpus/games room, external access, security windows
Wine cellar 1,000 bottle capacity approx
Huge secure double garage, with brick paved driveway; internal access to lower level
Under-staircase storage, large hall closets, substantial garage storage
Excellent security, with electronic front gates, intercom, back to base system
Built-in bookcases, shelving, cupboards, wardrobes throughout
Well-located in close proximity to schools, Mosman amenities, buses, ferry, parks