wrote the following on 29 June 2012 about Coppins
at 29 Telegraph Road, Pymble.
Walter Burley Griffin, one of Australia’s most prominent and well-known architects (and urban planner of Canberra…and Castlecrag) built several distinguished homes in Sydney’s Upper North Shore. None as large, however, as the c1936 6-bedroom Prairie style manse in Pymble known as ‘Coppins’. Situated on a massive 1.5 acre allotment on Telegraph Road - one of the North Shore’s premier streets - Coppins possesses a tennis court and a swimming pool on its sprawling land. What it doesn’t possess is a large price. Listing agent Mark Blake of Luschwitz is asking only $3.5m+ for the property. Considering the landmark home last sold Apr 2001 for $4.7m (although Margie Blok is reporting that it sold for $6.1m back then, we can’t confirm her number), it’s safe to say the owners will be taking a hefty loss to their pocket books. The home itself has been on-and-off the market for the length of the Radical Terrace’s memory (circa 2004/05) for prices as high as $8.5m to as low as $4.9m…but never dipping into the $3mils!!
We’re truly bamboozled that this home will effectively sell for land value alone. Perhaps the implied expense of restoring a Griffin home has deterred deep-pocketed potential buyers? Tell us in the comments why you think this home is having a tough time selling!
UPDATE: As Margie Blok is reporting, Coppins is on the chopping block after the bankruptcy of owner Michael Kwok. The indicative $3.5m price is likely just a starting point for the bank. But still…