When architect Stephen Gerendas was a kid, he went home from school and Arnold Street Queen’s Park Quarry from the street above.
“It was a 9-meter fall, with a swing on the bottom,” he said.
In 2009, he bought a 446-square-meter block from the Waverley Council — for $ 1,320,500, records show — and he spent years dreaming of what to build there.
A nine-year design and excavation project eventually completed two individually designed four-story homes on the site, one of which, 2/8 A Arnold Street, was opened by the agency on May 29. Auctioned through Ben Collier and Edward. Lead with a $ 8 million guide.
As Collier says, it “will improve with age, as the extraordinary … low-maintenance design is infused with an incredible level of quality.” Gerendas adds: “It was a big challenge and soothed our neighbors and the council.”
Start your tour on the top street, Burke Street, and step into the landscaped roof gardens. It’s only been a year, but it’s already prosperous.
The only original trees are phoenix palm, large gum and port Jackson figs.
Gerendas points to figs 150 years ago and says: Access to the house is via custom steel and recycled hardwood stairs or a private elevator.
The spa on the lower floor overlooks the courtyard and the top of the trees on Arnold Street.
With an incredibly self-supporting winged roof and glass walls overlooking sandstone and greenery, the living and dining area is a beautiful and comfortable place.
Gerendas designed much of the furniture, but the kitchen is by Leicht Kitchens with a Miele appliance.
Downstairs there are 3 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. The master has its own terrace.
The ground floor has a multipurpose studio, cinema room and garage.