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Local history buffs and real estate aficionados will be celebrating the opportunity to take a peek into one of Willoughby’s oldest and most impressive homes. And the owners will be hoping that the perfect buyer is out there too!

‘Tyneside’, located at 143 High Street Willoughby, is a rare surviving example of Willoughby’s bygone era. It was built in c1883 by Robert Forsyth – a surname that will be familiar to many Willoughby locals. This magnificent Victorian mansion, along with its sister property ‘Rosewall’ which is a few doors away on High Street, can lay claim to being one of the oldest properties in Willoughby. With just four owners in 136 years, it is now going up for sale for the first time in 50 years.

Above: The property’s pool, one of the bathrooms, and a sitting room.

Tyneside was built by Robert Forsyth, son of James Forsyth and uncle to RT Forsyth. Wrapped in sandstone and graced with exquisite period fixtures, this incredible landmark home reveals stately proportions with formal lounge and dining rooms opening to front and rear full width cast iron lace balconies. It has been tastefully and sensitively maintained to ensure the home’s historic features are intact. It features five bedrooms, two bathrooms and three car spots, plus a pool. There is also an original bar, timber cabinetry, fireplace fixtures and timber floorboards.

Above (l-r): The property’s dining room, a bedroom, and the exquisite original bar

The Forsyth family have been in Willoughby since James Forsyth purchased land in the bush at North Willoughby from 1870 onwards, eventually aggregating 258 acres for ₤3 per acre. The land extended from Edinburgh Road to McClelland Street, and from High Street to Sugarloaf Bay. Of Scottish descent, James Forsyth, his brothers and their families settled in the area and created many thriving businesses – including a tannery on the site of today’s Willoughby bus depot. Robert Todd (RT) Forsyth, grandson to James, went on to open Forsyth Real Estate in 1898. This real estate business continues today, with James Snodgrass and his mother Margaret (great-grandson and granddaughter of RT Forsyth) now at the helm.

Above: Patrick Lang of Belle Property (left), Jimmy Psaltis of Forsyth Real Estate (centre) James Snodgrass and Margaret Forsyth-Snodgrass at their Willoughby real estate offices (right). 

Patrick Lang and his team at Belle Property Lane Cove are joined in this sale by Forsyth Real Estate agent Jimmy Psaltis and team. To celebrate the start of the sale campaign and to welcome locals through, a champagne launch will be held on Sunday October 27 from 3.30 to 4.30pm.


For further information on the property, please contact
 – Patrick Lang (Belle Property) 0434 990 307 Patrick.Lang@belleproperty.com
 – Jimmy Psaltis (Forsyth Real Estate) 0411 129 221 Jimmy@forsyth.com.au