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This row of four terrace houses, hidden in a Potts Point sidestreet would have to be one of the most interesting in Sydney. Standing at 3 storeys with an additional attic level and English style basement, they create, along with their neighbouring rows, a truly impressive Victorian streetscape that would certainly not look out of place in inner London. There are a few key things that set this terrace apart – the prominence given to the roofs; the Italianate style of the faceted bay which rises through the centre of the facade of each house; and the skillful reservation in which ornament is used. All these things give symmetry, lend the row a sense of grandeur and elegance as well as donate significant rhythm to the street.
This row of three terraces forms part of a longer spectacular streetscape in a tree lined Potts Point back street. What makes it especially interesting is that it is a four storey row without even counting the attic something which is more common in parts of London but especially rare in Australia.
With a picturesque setting at the feet of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by the harbour this row of ten triple storey houses with sunken English style basements known as “Milton Terrace” built in 18801 and includes individually named terrace homes including Kia-Ora (17), Chelsea (15) and Surrey (13).
Magnolia Flats (formerly Magnolia Terrace) is a row of five three storey Victorian terrace houses (with English style basements) in Forest Lodge.
The signage on the central parapet has the name and date (1885).
The most interesting aspect of this terrace is the large driveway arch at the end terrace which would have once let horses to back stables. The end terrace has rooms extending over this arch and the party wall extends to the street as a gate post with an urn to allow for a complete, uninterrupted streetscape.