Annabel Crabb puts Marrickville home up for auction

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The Mediterranean-style residence has had some of the suburb’s best-regarded owners, despite only having three owners since it was built nearly a century ago.

The heritage-listed greenway has had only three owners since it was built in 1923.

Emeritus Professor Leslie Wilkinson had not long been appointed as the founding Dean of Architecture at the University of Sydney when he bought the land and built it as his family’s home in 1923. He named it Greenway in honor of convicted architect Francis Greenway.

Wilkinson expanded it in 1950, adding a three-story wing that raised the floor plan to seven bedrooms, and it remained Wilkinson’s property until 1995.

Oscar-winning film producer Dame Jane Campion bought it for $2 million, but only kept it for six years before selling it in 2001 for $4.2 million.

Ashley Dawson-Damer is downsizing her Vaucluse home.

Ashley Dawson-Damer is downsizing her Vaucluse home.Credit:Belinda Rolland

At the time of Dawson-Damer’s purchase, she was recently widowed following the fatal racing car accident of John Dawson-Damer, the younger brother of George, Earl of Portarlington.

Dawson-Damer has been a long-time enthusiast of Wilkinson’s designs. His former home in Bellevue Hill was another 1920s Wilkinson design which they bought from Perth multi-millionaire John Bond in 1991 for $6.15 million and sold after the move to Vaucluse for $9 million.

“Greenway is a home that wraps around you in pleasure and tranquility. It was specifically designed that way,” said Dawson-Damer, board member of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW.

“Harbor side [of the house] I’ve hosted cocktail parties to greet the CEOs of arts organizations, such as Opera Australia and the National Gallery, and summer dinners or luncheons, watching the New Year roll in,” Dawson-Damer said.

“My favorite place is the grand salon, and that’s where I entertained the news and
former prime ministers, including John Howard, as well as prime ministers, government ministers,
ambassadors”.

Bill Malouf of Highland Property Double Bay has yet to set a price guide for the upcoming Expressions of Interest campaign, but has plenty of decent benchmarks locally to draw comparable prices from.

The contemporary mansion next door was sold by plastic surgeon Michael Miroshnik in 2019 for $36.5 million to toilet paper offspring Sunny Ngaiand the salvaged two-door Mediterranean-style house $34.5 million last year for meat wholesaler Peter Andrews.

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