Cintra, 34 Regent Street, Maitland sells for the first time in 104 years | Newcastle Herald

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One of Maitland’s most iconic homes is for sale. The heritage listed Cintra at 34 Regent Street was built in 1879 for the prominent Cohen and Levy families. He has only changed hands once in 142 years, and four generations of the Long family have owned the house since 1917. Tom Long, who lives in the house with his older brother and sister, said the the time had come to hand over the historic property to the new custodians. “We could continue, but in 10 years we will be in the same position in the house, so we thought we would do it as soon as possible,” he said. Boasting over 30 bedrooms, four-meter high ceilings, and 5,500 square meters of stunning grounds, Cintra is considered a rare example of an intact boom-era Italian-style villa. It has 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms in a gigantic area of ​​965 square meters and several exterior buildings, including the original stables. RELATED: Aberglasslyn: A Booming Suburb Blending Country and Town Belmont North’s ‘Magical’ House That Comes With a Kahi-baaa Train: Campaign to Sell Houses in Front of Famous Sheep Its Listing Comes Just Months After 47 Regent Street , located just across the street, set a new suburban record of $ 1.85 million. The heritage listed property known as Azuma was built as a wedding gift for the daughter of the Cohen family in 1892. Expectations for the meticulously restored Cintra are around 4. millions of dollars. “This is ‘the’ street,” said sales agent Ray Armstrong of Jessup Armstrong. “People think about quality in Maitland, [they think of] Regent Street. “The further down the track until the restoration, the more interest is generated.” Mr Armstrong said the property would be an ideal wedding venue and had previously been used as a guest house. “We’re looking for a very specific buyer and there are these buyers around,” he said. “There are people who look at it from a gallery point of view, from a restaurant point of view, an Airbnb or a guesthouse. [they’ve experienced] different degrees of restoration. ”The property is named after Sintra, the Portuguese village where“ the Cohen families fell in love. ”This love was the inspiration for the heart-shaped pavement at the entrance to the house, and the same symbol is found in chimney pots at the watering hole. The centerpiece of the pavement, a statue of Cupid, is Mr. Long’s contribution to the tradition of love. It pays homage to his late mother, who “could light up a dark room.” The Brescia marble from Florence in Italy and the Cupid to signify that, ”he said.“ And also pass on to another generation the love that existed here. ”RELATED: Maitland House Heritage Consideration This generation seems to be coming soon, and Cintra almost certainly has more love to give. Mr Long said he was not sure what emotions he would feel when parting with the family. property. ”It would be nice to see someone with [interest in its history] keep going, “said Mr. Long.” As I do more and more work… you love to see it restored and you get immense satisfaction from having it done right. “[But at the moment] you have a house that only a few people live in and you have to lock the rooms because they are not in use. “It must be used – it is a house to use and love.” Cintra was built for the Cohen and Levy families, who were traders with stores in Maitland and Newcastle. The property was designed and built by architect Maitland JW Pender, who also completed its only extension in 1887. When the Cohen family dispersed from the area around 1917, five Long sisters took over the property while their three brothers were going to war. The sisters operated the property as a private hospital for approximately 20 years, during which time a tennis court was set up on the property’s north lawn. Two-time Melbourne Cup winner Peter Pan was reportedly staying at the property on his way to the Cup in the 1930s. Cintra was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2012.



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