Apt. 43 ‘Aquarius Building’ 50 Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay NSW

Not even a Rolex ad starring Daniel Craig smelling of cognac, cubans and cologne while Coltrane soars in the background could capture the high-end masculinity emanating from this honeytrap to end all honeytraps. Indeed it’s a very interesting angle to take with an interior revamp and a refreshing change from the usual skandi-white-handcrafted-plant-lady images filling Instagram feeds 24/7. Suffice to say this little studio pad (weekender? weeker? mistress? master?) is smack bang in Harry Seidler’s famous Aquarius Building which we have listed in various guises over the years, which only adds architectural heft to an already sophisticated take. The bespoke dark timber, chocolate tile, checked throw rugs and expressly Mid-Century Modern pieces all pointing to a certain clientele who dreams of Don Draper and/or blueblooded girls of independent means.This one is for the gentlemen out there.

803/12 Ithaca Rd, Elizabeth Bay NSW

The very definition of our Emerald City may very well be this here listing. In one of Seidler’s great early 60s apartment blocks (we’ve posted a handful before in ‘Aquarius’, AKA Roslyn Gardens, down the road) is this roomy (and we do mean spacious) 2 bedder. Impressing us with a checklist of attributes sought by the shiny elite and MCM nerds combined – notable architect, prestigious and historic building, unsurpassed harbour views, northern orientation, exclusive inner suburb, original and untouched interiors including the rarest of all – bathroom and signature Seidler goes Mondrian kitchen*, this little pad has got it all in spades. Dig it.

*As advised by Polly Seidler re: the kitchen – the navy tiles, bench tops and flooring are not original spec, see here for what actually was intended.


58/50 Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay NSW

It’s all about the externals for us in the iconic Seidler block, but this little city pad for the gal/guy about town also packs a punch with it’s larger bedroom (how do people fit beds in today’s little boxes?), floor to ceiling windows, and lush gardens.  The view is okay too, s’pose.