On the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, between Garden Island and Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay has been a desirable place to live for Sydneysiders since the beginning. Close to the city centre with easy access not only by ferry but bus from:
Chic cafés, art galleries, high fashion shopping and antique galleries are found here.. Then, as today, homes with water views commanded a hefty real estate price tags in Sydney.
This colonial style home dates back to 1835, when it was celebrated as the finest house in the colony. At the time it represented what the settlers could achieve in their new colony of New South Wales.
This house still commands great views of the harbour. It originally had a fifty-four acres of garden, extending all the way to the water, part of it has now become the Arthur McElhone Reserve.
The home, extensively refurbished as well as refurnished to suit the period style of the day when it was the residence of NSW Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay, for whom it was built.
Photo: a wide angle shot showing Garden Island. Elizabeth Bay is on the left, Edgecliffe is on the left extreme, marked with a number of high rises.
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Main Photo: Winter Rain Dissipates - Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay (left) on Sydney Harbour
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