Attunga Lodge, a piece of Hollywood in Woollahra, is up for auction

A slice of Hollywood with a magical garden that every kid will love is going up for auction.

Originally built in 1868, Attunga Lodge is a slice of Hollywood with a magical garden that any kid will love.

Owners Craig Carroll, the founder of Fintech, and his wife Kathryn bought the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with two-car garage on the 5-7 Attunga St, Woollahra, in 2012 for $4.6 million in 2012 after living in the US for ten years.

Led by Bill Shipton, one of Sydney’s most acclaimed property developers (Mona Estate Darling Point, Leura Bellevue Hill, Yoorami Estate Bellevue Hill and Verona Double Bay), they have carried out extensive renovations and improvements to the house, pool and gardens.

The couple and their three children are now moving to the UK, so the transformed house on a 1,100sqm hillside block will be auctioned on December 4 with a $15 million price guide through Ben Collier of The Agency.


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“It’s so rare to be just a short walk to Queen Street amenities while enjoying 1,100 sq. ft. of parkland,” says Collier.

Although Shipton has retained the architectural integrity of the house, it has been fully modernized into a luxury home without compromising its heritage and character.

He added wraparound sandstone terraces, expanded the footprint of the main house, and commissioned Annie Wilkes to create a garden of palm trees and ferns.

The house had an immediate impact on the Carrolls in 2012. “We fell in love with the uniqueness of the house – the balconies, balustrades, the romantic pool and the sandstone terraces, along with the open-plan rooms that open onto the pool and gardens,” they say.

“You feel like you live in a piece of Hollywood tucked away in Woollahra.

“It was the perfect family home for us and our three children with close proximity to schools, the beach, parks, local cafes and an easy commute to town.”

The owners, who lived in Boston and New York for many years, were influenced by a classic East Coast aesthetic that is evident in the home’s interior design.

“We wanted to give some classic Hamptons glamor so we restored the American oak floorboards in the kitchen and family living rooms and installed stone countertops and new joinery in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room,” they advise.

“We have also redesigned the entrance to create some formality and a sense of grandeur for the gardens with formal hedges, water features and large trees.

“The house already had great bones, it just needed to be modernized.”

“During the lockdowns we were so grateful to have this sanctuary with all its privacy, space, abundant sunlight, greenery and serenity from which you could work from home and study the kids in comfort.

“We all had plenty of room and yet we are within a five minute walk of Queen St Village, Cooper Park or Double Bay.”

The highlight for me on my tour of the house, which has a northeasterly aspect that is so full of light, was the easy access to the outside – each of the bedrooms and even the garage has patio doors opening onto a balcony. Three of the bedrooms are en-suite and another bedroom has a bathroom next door.

And I was most impressed with the walk-in closet in the master suite — the slickest I’ve seen since Jackie O’s in Vaucluse (it was Collier who sold the radio star her new home in Woollahra for $11 million last June).

The home of Carroll’s Woollahra has been featured in many editorial fashion and commercial campaigns, including shoots for Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Alice MccAll, Bec and Bridge and Camilla, while its terraces and leafy backdrop transport you to somewhere in the Hollywood Hills , the Hamptons or a villa in Italy.

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