Sydney-born architect and landscape designer Bruce Rickard was once described as "the Frank Lloyd Wright of Australian architecture." While certainly inspired by Wright—whom he first studied at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1950s—Rickard also used his formal training of both indoor and outdoor plans to harmoniously adapt Wrightsonian ideas to Australia’s native landscape and climate. An exceptional example of these dual talents is the Mirrabooka House, originally built in the early 1960s and now on the market for the first time since its construction.
The homeowner’s extensive knowledge of native and exotic plants influenced the structure’s integration with the site and the impressive gardens—both of which were recently designated a State Heritage Site by New South Wales. The close interconnection of the home with the land is demonstrated by the picturesque entry sequence, which features stepping stones over a koi pond that lead to the front door.
Other details inside and out include Rickard’s trademark uses of local sandstone and timber cladding, as well as copper roof trim, concrete floors, and extensive glass. The home builder reportedly lived on-site for 18 months during the original construction.
The home’s five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and home office all overlook the jungle-like surroundings. And while the site feels remote, local metro stations are just a five-minute drive away. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for AUD 5,500,000 (approximately $4,160,000).
372 Old Northern Road in Castle Hill of New South Wales, Australia, is currently listed for AUD 5,500,000 (approximately $4,160,000) by Harriet France and Spencer Tsang of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty.
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