19 Prince Albert Street Mosman, otherwise known as ‘Ardagh’, has gone on sale for just the sixth time in its rich 115 year history. And this enormous offering, with its majestic harbour views, is one of Mosman’s largest properties at a whopping 2,770 square metres. Will its new buyer come from within Mosman’s ranks?
Built in 1905 by renowned builders Smith & Cabban, Ardagh is a grand estate on a huge parcel of land. Known as a ‘merchant mansion’ (for it was considered that only merchants would be wealthy enough to purchase such properties at the turn of the century), it has had just five owners in its history. The current owners, Mary and Gary Smoker, purchased it in 1994 for $2.4 million – it is staggering to consider what $2.4 million would buy you just twenty-six years ago!
With its sweeping harbour views (see above) and park-like gardens, interest in the property is sure to be intense. The 20-room mansion was heritage-listed in 2001 and boasts three levels in the main house, a two-storey coach house, a separate two-bedroom and self-contained apartment, double garages at either end of the block accessing both Ruby Street and Prince Albert Street, a north-south tennis court, a heated swimming pool and a spa.
Above left to right: The conservatory, pool and formal dining room at Ardagh
Agent Richard Simeon from Simeon Partners said multiple buyers will have a deep appreciation of Ardagh’s heritage and its place in Mosman’s history. Although it’s difficult to put a price guide on a unique property like this, Richard sold another Mosman merchant mansion (20 Bradleys Head Road) last year for $15,875,000. With a price guide of $18,000,000 could this be one of the biggest on-market sale this year? We will watch with interest!