The house Dame Nellie Melba wanted

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IT’S the home designed by famend architect Charles Bruce Dellit, and the property Dame Nellie Melba tried, however failed, to purchase.

However now, 38 Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga, is available on the market for the primary time in 25 years. In-built 1928, Aleuria is the unique household dwelling of the Dellits. Mr Dellit himself is most identified for having the successful design of the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial again in 1929.

The house sits in the course of the Wahroonga historic enclave. Constructed through the inter-war Mediterranean motion, Aleuria is all class with lovely Italian options all through.

“It has a special Mediterranean really feel about it that’s wealthy with Italian renaissance components throughout,” Chadwicks Actual Property agent Penelope Prior stated.


Ms Prior stated the well-known opera singer Dame Nellie Melba tried to purchase the property.

“One of many company at Dellit’s soirees (as he beloved to entertain) was Dame Nellie Melba, the story goes, placed on a tantrum when Dellit wouldn’t promote the home to her,” she stated. “She approached Charles and wished to purchase it, however he refused to the promote the property to her as he constructed it for his spouse.”

Ms Prior stated potential patrons have fallen in love with the model and really feel of the historic property.

“Everyone seems to be captivated by it. A few of our youthful patrons are saying the house is sort of a fairytale fort.”

The four-bedroom property sits on 1838 sqm of land and has been owned by Sheelagh and Timothy O’Brien for the previous 25 years. Mr O’Brien stated they fell in love with the house from the second they laid eyes on it.

“Day by day we really feel so fortunate to dwell in a home like this,” he stated.

“Wherever you look, it’s greenery by means of the home windows, and even in the home trying throughout rooms that exude the magic proportions and symmetry. There may be such sensitivity by the architect,” stated Mr O’Brien.

Whereas the unique proprietor was identified for his love of events, remnants of the night time Melba tried to purchase Mr Dellit’s home stay.

“The dance flooring, the place these occasions would have been held stays, however it’s has since been lined,” Mr O’Brien stated.

Mrs O’Brien stated whereas the house is grand, it stills has a humble really feel.

“Whereas it’s a grand home, it doesn’t crush you, it wows you — it actually attracts you in. You are feeling such freedom inside the home as not solely is it a confined house, however it is rather quiet, peaceable and calming,” she stated.

Apart from the couple and Mr Dellit and his household, there has solely ever been one different proprietor of the property.

No 38 Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga, is searching for expressions of curiosity for the historic dwelling.

Ms Prior is at the moment quoting a value information of $three.5 million.

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