‘Duke’s Cottage’ one of Balmain’s oldest homes
You can feel the history here. One of Balmain’s oldest homes, Duke’s Cottage is an antiquity.
With a stone residence, studio and sprawling gardens, the site is more reminiscent of a country estate than the Balmain Peninsula. On 763sqm, the first custodian of this 1830s Heritage-listed site was merchant sea captain, Robert Duke. Now for sale, who’ll be next?
The home is a classic example of Victorian/Georgian sandstone construction. The original builder was Robert Blake who built many of the area’s stone buildings during the 1840s, including the famous ‘Moorfield’ in 1839 (the oldest brick house in Balmain).
The residence retains its original scale and form, including the open front verandah and hipped roof. Cathedral ceilings open to an atrium-like patio setting, the original stone kitchen remains at the rear.
Some updates include a sky-lit gas kitchen and a carport. A freestanding studio designed as a self-contained guest apartment provides plenty of flexibility.
In a quiet cul-de-sac setting near the foreshore, it has a sense of privacy with mature trees flanking the front and rear. With direct access to a park and playground, it’s an easy walk to the village, ferry, city buses and the best of Balmain.
Comfortable, updated and unspoilt, there is plenty of scope for someone to further nurture this home into something more.