First time offered in 25 years: 1930s Italian-inspired mansion in Bellevue Hill

An historical estate in Bellevue Hill is on the market with price expectations above $20m.

Marketed by Dan White of White and Partners and Elliott Placks of Ray White Double Bay, 12 Ginahgulla Road, Bellevue Hill is located on one of the most coveted roads in Sydney’s real estate market, and sits on 2,800m² of land looking north over Sydney Harbour.

“We are formally offering the property via an expressions of interest campaign closing on 28 March 2014,” says Mr White.

Built in 1937, ‘Rovello’ has had only three owners in its history and was purchased by Michael and Manuela Darling 25 years ago for $8.24m.

“This is an incredibly beautiful property. The home, the gardens and the views are without peer in Sydney. Its place in history and its provenance only makes it more valuable,” says Mr Placks.

“Rovello was originally built in the 1930s by architect, Wilson Airy Neave of the firm William Hardy Wilson. It was renovated in 1990 by architect, Howard Tanner. In 2006 the gardens were renovated and added to by Miles Baldwin, author of many books on gardens for historic houses.

“The gardens are the feature of the estate and offer extensive outdoor living and entertaining space. They follow a traditional Italian style with a sequence of terraces and feature olives trees, pomegranates and wisteria.”

Built in classic Italian Palladian style with an entrance atrium, the home offers four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an upstairs loggia with harbour views.

“The entrance to the property is breathtaking, with a grand oval staircase, fine wood detailing and Italian chandeliers from the 1930s – the same period of the house.

“This is an entertainers home. The reception rooms on the ground floor accommodate 70 people. By utilising the adjoining library, you can increase that number to over 100.

The property is regarded as a significant piece of Sydney’s architectural history and is recognised as such by the National Trust and Woollahra Heritage Listing.

“The heritage listing does not restrict additions or changes to the property. A report is available on request outlining the flexibility to change the property,” Mr Placks concludes.

Ray White quietly marketed the property last year to ascertain interest before the formal launch this month.