Hot Property: On the market for the first time in 67 years - this Balmoral gem is ready for a new family.
By ANNA USHER.
A Mosman home on the market for the first time in more than half a century is attracting huge interest ahead of its auction on Saturday - and not just thanks to its incredible view.
Four generations of one family have lived at 4 Balmoral Ave since 1952. And, while much has changed in the harbourside suburb since then, the spacious residence has stood the test of time.
Major General Arthur ‘Tubby’ Allen and wife Mona first fell in love with the home, when they returned to Australia from the Middle East after the second World War.
And, after surviving the abominable horrors of the battlefield, it’s easy to see why the residence soon became a peaceful sanctuary for the Allen’s, after years of international unrest.
A distinguished war hero, Major General Allen joined the Australian Army in 1913, before the start of the Great War.
In 1915, he was sent to Egypt, before heading to the Western Front in 1916, leading his men under German attack at Pozieres. By the end of the World War I, Allen had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, at the age of just 24.
Following the outbreak of World War II, Allen took the first Australian troops to North Africa, fighting the Italians and Germans – and then lead the 7th Division to defeat the Vichy French in Syria. Promoted to Major General, Allen was then recalled, taking command of the battle against Japan on the Kokoda Track.
Set on 608sqm, 4 Balmoral Ave has been owned by the Allen family for an incredible 67 years. Following the death of Major General Allen in 1959, son John and his wife Heather purchased the home, moving in permanently after their retirement in 1980.
“Apart from a few years, Mum and Dad lived at 4 Balmoral Ave until Dad died in 2015,” son Jamie Allen says.
“We have so many happy memories here and it has always been a family home, with generations of Allen’s and various relatives living in – or connected to – the house over the decades.
“I hope it is bought by a family who can make the most of the home and keep it for the long term.”
Sitting proudly on a corner block, with sweeping views over Balmoral, the two-storey home is in immaculate, original condition.
Bathed in sunlight and boasting high ceilings, it offers an abundance of space and multiple living areas to suit growing families.
“It’s the perfect home for families who want to move in now – and perhaps update later,” Avnu listing agent Adrian Bridges says.
“The large block of prime land is a huge selling factor and its blue-chip location has attracted a lot of interest.
“There’s also renewed confidence in the market now that the Federal Election is over, and we’re already seeing some spirited bidding at auctions.”
Much loved and filled with treasured memories for nearly seven decades, the stunning property presents a new opportunity for owners in search of a Balmoral Beach lifestyle.
Co-listing agent Michael Coombs, Founding Partner of Avnu, says the home presents a “massive opportunity” to create a luxury home on one of Mosman’s most exclusive streets.
“It’s is close to the beach, with a great north-east aspect, and while the existing floorplan makes the most of a stunning backdrop, there’s huge potential to improve on what’s already there,” he says.
“These original Mosman houses on large blocks are becoming increasingly harder to find.”
Five oversized bedrooms, including two Master suites that open to their own balconies, are blessed with natural light – plus a stunning office provides a fantastic addition for those who work from home.
“There’s also huge under house storage, an internal laundry, lock up garage and loads of parking space,” Adrian says.