Bronte 1870s sandstone treasure with resort-style backyard an instant hit

13 Busby Pde, Bronte, has a price guide of $7m, upped from $6.8m due to strong interest.

A historic sandstone treasure with resort-style backyard has just hit the market and unlike many homes for sale at the moment, the price guide has been revised up due to strong interest.

The guide for the three-level five-bedroom home at 13 Busby Pde, Bronte, which also has stunning coastal views, was originally $6.8m but has recently been upped to $7m after just a week with James Ball of Ballard Property.

The home, which dates back to the 1870s and is one of the suburb’s oldest, is set for May 28 auction.

Located between Bronte and Clovelly beaches, its features include a sunny sandstone-walled forecourt, gated drive, 13.4m frontage, restored bullnose veranda and Kauri floorboards.

Vendors Andy Kelsey, director of Aston Technology and onetime managing director of Colliers Project Services, and his wife, Christine Underhill, an orthodontist at Edgecliff Orthodontics, have lived at the home on a 622sqm block since 1997 when it cost $970,000.

The original sandstone cottage is one of the oldest properties in Bronte.

It’s on a 622sqm block.

The residence includes the original 1870s cottage, built from sandstone quarried on site, and a modern three-storey extension with 3.2m ceilings.

The couple chose the home due to the beautiful view, local schools, quiet location, easy commute to the city and safe neighbourhood.


They raised their two children in the home, with Andy enjoying surf skiing and Christine snorkelling and swimming at Clovelly and Gordons Bay.

The close-knit social neighbourhood and annual Christmas street party are also among the joys of living there.

Christine is a keen gardener who designed the native garden that attracts bees and native insects.

Open-plan interiors.

Ocean views.

The couple have done a range of renovations over the years, including removing the cedar cladding that lined the entire house, raising the ceilings, moving the staircase, redoing the kitchen and bathroom and replacing the windows.

Other improvements have included building a fireplace, adding glass to the staircase, Travertine paving around the saltwater pool and greening the garage roof.

An old store room and laundry has been coverted into a self-contained studio flat.

All three levels of the home open to terraces with views.

The double garage is accessed via Clifton Lane and there’s also a wine cellar.


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