$9.4 Million Historic Estate Leaves Its Wake Along Sydney’s Colo River

Listed for about $9.36 million (AUD 12 million), the Sydney estate known as Venetiaville has been home to a host of notable owners including rowing great Peter Kemp (Private Property Global).

Generations of notable owners have shaped this Australian property.

It’s been an ideal place for a champion sculler turned boat builder to call home. And a landscape designer. And a publishing company executive.

The estate, where Sydney’s Colo River flows into the Hawkesbury River, dates to 1890 and was once owned by Peter Kemp. The self-taught rower had been born along the Hawkesbury and went on to become the World Sculling Championship titleholder many times over.

aerial view of colo river estate 1235 West Portland Road Sydney New South Wales Australia

The Sydney estate property encompasses some 50 acres bordering the Colo River (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

When Kemp wasn’t winning competitions, building boats or testing the waters outside his front door, he coached other scullers onto victory. Two of his children would go on to be champion rowers.

Although Kemp’s original home burnt down in 1904 after he had moved on, it was rebuilt by the titleholder then as a single-story sandstone cottage. A much later owner, a landscape designer, added his vision with park-like grounds.

park-like grounds venetiaville estate sydney 1235 West Portland Road New South Wales

Former owners have each left their mark, including a landscape designer who added park-like grounds (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The current residents had a modern addition designed by architect Timothy Moon in 2006, did renovation work, further upgraded the landscaping and restored the citrus orchard. The swimming pool, guesthouse and studio were built.

The approximately $9.36-million estate (AUD 12 million), known as Venetiaville, encompasses 50 acres with formal gardens, lawn and forest. Trees line the driveway.

veranda venetiaville 1235 West Portland Road Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The historic sandstone-style home, which dates to the 1890s, has a wide, column-lined veranda that surrounds a portion of the main house (Private Property Global).

The elevated site takes in river views from the residence and resort style infinity pool.

A wide, column-lined veranda surrounds one portion of the main house, which has three bedrooms. An open plan great room with a vaulted ceiling adjoins partially covered terrace space as does the entertainment pavilion. Details include high ceilings, exposed beams, walls of glass that frame the gardens, fireplaces and a library/office.

great room inside venetiaville 1235 West Portland Road Sydney, New South Wales

An open-plan great room lined with walls of glass sits at the heart of the home (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The sky-lighted kitchen with white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and an island adjoins a butler’s pantry and sandstone wine cellar.

A tranquil corner of the yard contains an outdoor shower.

kitchen inside venetiaville estate 1235 West Portland Rd Sydney New South Wales Australia

Skylights top the chef’s kitchen, which adjoins the great room. The home was enhanced and expanded in 2006 by architect Timothy Moon (Private Property Global).

The guest cottage includes a study, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The wooden barn has a loft, bathroom and workshop. There’s a two-car carport and a pond.

Ken Jacobs of Private Property Global is the listing agent for the property, which is near boat ramps, hiking and riding trails and the amenities of the historic village of Windsor.

office/library inside 1235 West Portland Road Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The office/library features built-ins and a fireplace (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

The Colo River is a popular stretch for fishing, canoeing, picnicking and bushwalking.

The international Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is about 61 miles away.

1235 West Portland Road Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Portions of the home open to a large terrace with a dining patio, swimming pool and raised spa (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).


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During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.

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