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Sold – 3 Glenview St, Gordon.


One of the few legitimate castles in Sydney’s suburbs has been sold to a young couple from off the North Coast, reportedly for more than $5 million.

Agent Ben Cohen of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty confirmed that the property known as Killarney Castle had been sold last week, but declined to comment on the sale price.

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However, industry sources have revealed that it sold for roughly the $5.25 million to $5.75 million price guide.

The unusual home is located at 3 Glenview St, Gordon. Killarney Castle is inspired by the historic homes of the Emerald Isle and is a unique landmark in the leafy suburb.


Irish-born auctioneer Thomas Edward Taylor chose the location because of its similarities with Killarney in Ireland and then began building his dream home between 1905 and 1918.

Officially opened by the then Governor of NSW, Sir Walter Davidson, in 1918, the property was once part of a larger lot but now covers approximately 1,290 square metres.


The castle is made of hand-hewn sandstone and quarried on site. It was meticulously built in keeping with the traditional grand mansions of Taylor’s homeland, complete with battlements and a turret.

The inviting foyer is a step back in time with beautiful stained glass windows, high ornate ceilings and a grand carpeted staircase. Each ground floor room has a range of traditional finishes, but it’s not all about a bygone era, as the stately home has been transformed into a stylish 21st century home with plenty of modern renovations. The modernized kitchen has intricate wood joinery, Gaggenau appliances, a walk-in wardrobe and an adjoining conservatory-style dining area.


There is also a multi-purpose studio, gym, wine cellar, double garage, swimming pool, terraces and games room with bar.

Cohen said he and colleague Mark Goldman had a “huge amount of interest” and had issued seven contracts.

“What a phenomenal property – I must say it was a lot of fun selling this property,” said Mr. Cohen.

He said buyers were surprised by the property upon inspection.

“When you’re inside, you realize it’s a very functional family home,” he said.

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