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Having been subdivided into flats for the last 60 years, Central Element’s acquisition of the property will see the Historic Ballamac House restored and revived into its original glory while simultaneously creating the most prestigious collection of eight new residences in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs with a modern apartment building added to the east of the house.
With a rich history of being a family estate, various hotels and most recently converted into strata title in the 70s, Ballamac House has been home to some of the most interesting characters in Australian history and seen the likes of British Royalty roam its halls in its time.
The restored Heritage Ballamac House will celebrate the luxury of estate living whilst the signature new build will prioritise the sublime ocean views and Eastern aspect. Our vision of fusing old and new will bring the Ballamac House estate into a new era of luxury in the modern age.
The restoration and new build is designed by one of Australia’s most inventive and acclaimed architectural practices, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, a long-standing partner of Central Element having collaborated with us on previous projects; 25Hours Paddington and The Metro-Minerva Potts Point. With the recent completion of the world-class restoration and conservation of Bondi Pavilion, TZG were the natural choice for their expertise in reviving the history of Ballamac House.
All eight residences will feature three-bedrooms, with the Rooftop and Penthouse apartments both being split across two levels of living. Two of the residences will sit within the original 1860s house with the remaining six situated in the added modern apartment building. All residences will enjoy the locale of the waterfront location with uninterrupted views out to Wedding Cake Island.
The two apartments within the original house are an ode to old-worldly living, with the retention of the external and internal walls of the original house, along with original fireplaces, mantel pieces, and decorative ceilings. Each of the two luxury residences will also see the reconstruction of the wrap-around verandah with the original rectangular cast iron columns, allowing for easy indoor to outdoor living.
In true Sydney style, the repair and conservation of the sandstone walls of the original house will be continued in the new apartment building, providing a sense of harmony with both old and new. The new apartment building will feature luxurious modern residences, with a communal outdoor entertaining area and garden.
Along with the conservation and restoration of the historic elements of Ballamac House, extensive landscaping, designed by award winning landscape architectural practice JILA, and a plunge pool will be added to the property to allow residents to fully enjoy the luxury of Australian beachfront living in Coogee.
Ballamac House is a hallmark project for Central Element and set to make a lasting impact on the celebrated beach lifestyle of one of Sydney’s most sought-after addresses. The legacy and famous history of the building will be preserved as we transform the former residence and add further luxury living spaces that will deliver an elevated lifestyle dimension to the landmark site. Completion of the redevelopment is estimated for 2024.