Prime Block in Dural with Special ‘Round Corner’ Connection Sells

A property that helps put the ‘round’ into an area known locally as ‘Round Corner’ in Sydney’s northwest has sold for $2.71m through Lumby since 1968.

The unique 1600sqm parcel of land at 699-703 Old Northern Rd, Dural features an original Federation style home with its own separate art gallery and a granny flat. It attracted five registered bidders when auctioned for the first time in 35 years through auctioneer Kate Lumby.

Kate said the property has a special connection to the history of the area, while also offering the perfect working from home arrangement. During its marketing campaign it attracted interest from a number of businesses including a solicitor, hairdresser and accountant.

According to Hornsby Shire Council, the area is known as ‘Round Corner’ because of a large bend taken by Old Northern Rd which is still evident today.

“It is a rarity to find 1600sqm and being located right opposite the local shopping centre added to its appeal,”.

“It was an ideal scenario where you could live at the home at the front and while having luxe premises at the back for a business.

“We had a lot of investors also looking at it with a potential rental income of around $2,500 per week. In the end, a family combined to secure the property with it offering multiple living options.”

The original Federation home, which is not heritage listed, has been beautifully renovated with double glazed windows and a small extension at the back, plus a pergola. It was originally owned by Allens, one of the early families living and working in the Dural area. It is believed they ran a butcher’s shop during the 1920s.

Another dwelling was added to the rear in the mid-1990s and has approval as an art gallery. It was modelled on a Victorian coach house barn and built using reclaimed bricks, wharf beams and original 1920s leadlight windows sourced from a property in Rose Bay.

One of the descendants of the Allens’ family had come to visit the property 25 years ago and reminisced about its past with the owners.

“She told them of how her mother would listen out for her father’s horse and cart ‘clip clopping’ along Old Northern Rd from Oakhill as a sign to put the dinner on,” he said.

For more information contact Kate Lumby on 0414 620 222.