An iconic green home in Sydney has just hit the market, but in a markedly different hue to the original colour.
4 Bennett Road, Colyton is a local landmark known for its bright green facade, but has recently been repainted to a sober grey prior to being listed for sale.
The house has an impressive street presence and had been painted entirely green by the owner, starting from the roof and down to the walls, window frames, balustrades, concrete driveway and garage.
The local green landmark at 4 Bennett Road, Colyton.
Selling agent Carlo Soliman, Director of Soliform Property, says the house was built in the late 1970s by two brothers, with the older of the two undertaking the actual construction of the house.
The interiors feature high quality timber finishes.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. It is solidly built with a dark brick interior. There are eight bedrooms over two levels, a large kitchen and dining area plus extensive lounge space. The yard is not too big but there are three massive balconies. There is nothing like it in the area,” Soliman says.
The younger brother of the two brothers is selling the home under probate following the passing of his older brother last year. Soliman was briefed by the younger brother, and believes the older brother lived alone in the house and was the one who painted it green.
The decor may not be for everyone, but the quality construction is evident.
“The older brother that owned it actually lost his mental faculties and started seeing everything a bit strange,” Soliman says.
“They obviously can’t sell it in that condition so they have painted it a more palatable and conservative colour.”
Psychedelic floor-to-ceiling tiles in the kitchen are straight from the 1970s.
Locals have floated a number of theories on why the owners initially decided to paint the entire home green.
It has long been alleged the house was painted green following the death of the owner’s wife, whose favourite colour was green and thus the entire house was painted that colour in her honour.
Another view is the owners went through a messy divorce where the husband didn’t want the wife to have the proceeds of the house sale, so he painted it green to depreciate the value.
The house has been repainted to a sober grey.
Equally as creative is the rumour that the owner killed his family in a car accident when driving under the influence. He then painted the home green which symbolises forgiveness and in a gesture to embarrass himself.
The house features a number of unique finishes including ornate floor-to ceiling tiles, raked timber ceilings, archways and pendant lights.