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“Macquarie” – An Iconic Hawkesbury Gem

Apr 10, 2024

168 Francis Street, Richmond

Discover the timeless charm of “Macquarie” an iconic Richmond property proudly presented by Peter Chidgey & Sharon George from Ray White.

Steeped in history, this circa 1920’s residence is situated on the original site of the first Lachlan Macquarie school house. Carefully preserved, & enhanced with recent architecturally designed Hamptons style extensions, this property seamlessly marries the character of yesteryear with modern amenities. Nestled on an expansive, flat 1309m2 block, “Macquarie” offers not just a home, but a canvas for potential development (subject to council approval). Enjoy the tranquility of a quiet position in town, within a delightful stroll to Pugh’s Lagoon, the local shopping centre, train services, & the entertainment precinct of the Richmond CBD.

The property presents meticulously maintained expansive grounds with mature, low maintenance gardens and features unique convict brick pathways and stunning 100-year-old Crepe Myrtles & Jacaranda trees. Step inside this historic masterpiece with wide wrap-around verandahs & ten foot ceilings to find an inviting open plan modern layout, that seamlessly integrates the kitchen, lounge & dining rooms. The home has six bedrooms, plus home office with kitchenette, four & a half bathrooms (including two ensuites), multiple living areas & indoor/ outdoor entertaining spaces. The interior exudes period charm with original leadlight windows, original tallowood flooring, & V Joint timber paneling throughout. Stay comfortable year round with reverse cycle air conditioning & ceiling fans. The lounge room boasts coffered ceilings, a “LOPI” slow combustion fireplace with original brickwork surround & custom made cabinetry, providing a perfect setting for relaxation. Period features such as retro light switches, large timber skirtings & architraves add a touch of timeless elegance.

At the heart of the home, the kitchen is a culinary delight, featuring an impressive, British made “Falcon Classic 1100mm” dual fuel freestanding oven, custom shaker style cabinetry, 40mm stone benchtops, stunning Spanish feature tiles, pot filler & AEG integrated dishwasher. A blend of modern convenience & classic Hamptons style, the kitchen is adorned with aged brass door handles, & “Shaws original” butler’s sink, hand made in the UK, with heritage brass tapware by “Astra Walker”. Discover a retreat in the master suite, boasting vaulted ceilings, a walk-in robe, & an ensuite with views of the mountains & lowlands. Five additional bedrooms & a home office, plus 4 1/2 bathrooms offer flexibility & convenience for a large family. Bathrooms feature floor to ceiling tiles, under floor heating, LED feature lighting, large windows & custom vanities & are accessorized with “Astra Walker” aged brass tapware. The home office features a kitchenette, ensuring functionality for the work from home convenience. The property is connected to NBN and includes data cabling throughout.

Entertaining is a breeze with the outdoor kitchen, alfresco dining area, cosy open fireplace & a swim spa pool with a heat pump. The shed is a haven for car enthusiasts, tradespeople and hobbyists, featuring toilet/shower facilities, parking for 6 vehicles, mezzanine storage, workshop area, & 3 phase power with 15 amp outlets.

Quality features include:

  • Open plan dining & lounge area seamlessly transitioning to the alfresco area with outdoor kitchen;
  • Home theatre;
  • Meticulously appointed kitchen with large island, double pantry, Spanish tile splash back & integrated dishwasher;
  • Office/ Study with kitchenette;
  • 5 bedrooms with built in robes & built in desks;
  • Master suite with built in robe & walk in robe, ensuite, built in desk & balcony;
  • Original Canadian Redwood timber weatherboards;
  • Western Red Cedar shingles on gables;
  • Plantation shutters;
  • Ducted air conditioning, ceiling fans & under floor heating in bathrooms;
  • Bespoke vanities & tap wear;
  • Unique feature lights & LED strip lighting;
  • Wide wrap around verandahs;
  • Large attic storage area;
  • Swim spa with heat pump;
  • Double garage, double carport & shed with mezzanine storage;
  • Mature trees & low maintenance gardens;
  • NBN & data cabling throughout;

In keeping with the era:

  • Large timber skirtings, architraves & V Joint wall paneling;
  • Original lead light windows;
  • Solid timber doors with heritage hardware;
  • Heritage styled curtains, blinds & light fittings;
  • Pot filler feature in the kitchen;
  • American Oak staircase;
  • Romeo & Juliet balcony from the main suite;
  • Original bricks surround the fireplace;
  • Unique rustic convict brick pathways;

“Macquarie” presents a remarkable expansive residence, esteemed within the community for it’s inherent charm, enduring character, & storied past. Nestled in an enviable locale, it boasts proximity to esteemed schools, bustling shopping hubs, efficient public transit, lush parklands, all within an hour’s drive to Sydney’s CBD.

Positioned in the picturesque Hawkesbury region, this property invites a plethora of outdoor pursuits. With boundless opportunities, it offers the quintessential countryside lifestyle, where working remotely would be a dream!

All information about the property has been provided to Ray White by third parties. Ray White has not verified the information and does not warrant its accuracy or completeness. Parties should make and rely on their own enquiries in relation to the property.


1,309m² / 0.32 acres


4 garage spaces and 2 carport spaces





Contact: Sharon George +61 431 366 666 or Peter Chidgey +61 414 921 912

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