Annabel Crabb puts her Marrickville home up for auction

The Mediterranean-style residence has had some of the most distinguished owners in the suburb, despite only having three owners since it was built nearly a century ago.

The heritage-listed Vía Verde has only had three owners since it was built in 1923.

The heritage-listed Vía Verde has only had three owners since it was built in 1923.

Professor Emeritus Leslie Wilkinson had not long been appointed founding dean of architecture at the University of Sydney when he purchased the land and built it as his family’s home in 1923. He named it Greenway after convicted architect Francis Greenway.

Wilkinson expanded it in 1950, adding a three-story wing that raised the floor plan to seven rooms, and it remained Wilkinson’s property until 1995.

Academy Award-winning film producer Dame Jane Campion bought it for $2 million but held it for only six years before selling it in 2001 for $4.2 million.

Ashley Dawson-Damer is downsizing from her home in Vaucluse.

Ashley Dawson-Damer is downsizing from her home in Vaucluse.Credit:Belinda Rolland

At the time of the Dawson-Damer purchase, she was recently widowed following the fatal racing car accident of John Dawson-Damer, the younger brother of George, Earl of Portarlington.

Dawson-Damer is a longtime devotee of Wilkinson’s designs. His old house on Bellevue Hill was another Wilkinson design from the 1920s that they bought from Perth billionaire John Bond in 1991 for $6.15 million and sold after moving to Vaucluse for $9 million.

“Greenway is a home that wraps you in pleasure and tranquility. It was specifically designed that way,” said Dawson-Damer, a board member of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW.

“On the port side [of the house] I have hosted cocktail parties to bid farewell to CEOs of arts organisations, such as Opera Australia and the National Gallery, and summer dinners or brunches, ringing in the New Year,” said Dawson-Damer.

“My favorite place is the great hall, and it is there that I have entertained myself
past prime ministers, including John Howard, as well as prime ministers, government ministers,
ambassadors.”

Bill Malouf of Highland Property Double Bay has yet to establish a pricing guide for the upcoming expressions of interest campaign, but he has plenty of decent benchmarks locally for comparable pricing.

The contemporary mansion next door was sold by plastic surgeon Michael Miroshnik in 2019 for $36.5 million for toilet paper scion Sunny Ngaiand the Mediterranean-style house two doors away $34.5 million last year for meat wholesaler Peter Andrews.

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