8-10 Highbury Street, Croydon


Gad's Hill Villa Circa 1860
Majestic, mid Victorian two storey residence with an imposing façade enjoys an elevated position in Croydon's prestigious Malvern Hill Estate. Located on one of the suburb's larger private allotments and enjoying an easterly aspect this home is showcased within a glorious 1232sqm (approx.) garden and pool setting. Evoking memories of a bygone era in Sydney's heyday when gracious living and entertaining was undertaken on a grand scale, Gad's Hill Villa is a home of impeccable pedigree while offering the finest family lifestyle living.

Beyond its splendid circular driveway and welcoming entrance hall this superb home offers multiple living zones. The home features opulent formal reception rooms, a grand dining room, sitting room or ground floor sixth bedroom and an expansive contemporary dining and family domain connects seamlessly to the garden and al fresco covered entertaining area with the sparkling in ground pool. A premium kitchen with induction cooking, stone bench tops and prestige appliances plus a butler's pantry and full modern bathroom completes the picture.

Upstairs features five bedrooms, most with access to an extensive wraparound verandah with panoramic city and district views, a games room, two home offices, or possible guest accommodation/ retreat and a further two modern bathrooms .

Additional impressive appointments include a restored original timber staircase, an array of fireplaces, polished boards, intricately decorated cornices, arches/rosettes, air conditioning, sub floor heating, roof top solar and a back to base security system.

Within close walking distance to the Croydon Village, train station, Presbyterian Ladies' College and Croydon Public School, Gad's Hill Villa is a grand home of impressive proportions and rare distinction.

The house was built by Laurence Bergin a merchant and named it Gad's Hill Villa after Charles Dickens' country house in England. Various members of the Holborow family, in particular Daniel and William both drapers and politicians resided at the home. In more recent times Ann McDonald College of Dancing bought the property in 1986 and it was last sold in 1994 when the house was converted back into a private residence and is now fresh and relevant for today's families.
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