by Brian Fuller, Heritage Subcommittee Convenor, August 2021, Bulletin 6/2021

Yelvertoft in 2020 (photo: Phil Young)

The locally heritage-listed 1858 Victorian Regency sandstone villa, Yelvertoft, located at 75 Hereford St, Forest Lodge, has recently been sold for a reported $4.6 million. The new owners, reportedly a business executive and an architect, wish to restore Yelvertoft as their family home. This is a great outcome given the property’s uncertain future posed by the previous developer / owner.

There have been two DAs over this property since 2017, essentially to redevelop the rear curtilage of the property for additional residential purposes. On both occasions, the DAs were refused by the City of Sydney, with one unsuccessful appeal by the owner to the Land and Environment Court.

The curtilage of the property was impacted when it was subdivided across the Hereford St frontage in 1998 to facilitate the construction of three townhouses (see image below). A small laneway between the new townhouses provides Hereford St access to the home. Rear of property access is via Alfred St.

The Glebe Society wishes the new owners great joy in restoring their new home, which we trust they will cherish for many years ahead.

Read more about the Society’s efforts to protect Yelvertoft here:, and For the history of Yelvertoft and its occupants, see

This photo of Yelvertoft shows the narrow access to Yelvertoft between townhouses on Hereford St built in 1998 (source: Cobden & Hayson)