A WAHROONGA property owned by the Halvorsen family and once hosted a Norwegian prince has hit the market for the first time in almost 70 years.
Skaugum, named after the prince’s birthplace, hosted Crown Prince Harald in January 1974 while competing in the World Sailing Championships at Pittwater. Current owners Harvey and Nancy Halvorsen inherited the home from Mr Halvorsen’s father, Harold, who bought the land on which the home at 60a Burns Bay Rd now sits in 1950.
The property is now on the market with a guide of $4.5 million.
“There was much excitement when my uncle, Carl Halvorsen, asked my father if King Harald of Norway — then the Crown Prince — could use our house during the regatta,” Harvey Halvorsen said.
“We moved across the street so that the Crown Prince and his crew could have the entire house for the duration of the regatta.
“The Crown Prince loved watching morning television shows in Sydney and especially Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.”
After his stay, the Crown Prince continued to stay in touch with the family for many years.
“We still have some of the Christmas cards sent by the royal family and newspaper clippings detailing his visit to our home,” Mr Halvorsen said. “My mother crocheted a woollen shawl for Queen Sonja that was much appreciated according to a warm thank you letter from the Queen.”
The stately Georgian-style home sits on 1665 sqm, Skaugum features landscaped gardens, three bedrooms and three bathrooms, lounge with music room, a provincial styled kitchen, and formal dining room.
Most of the woodwork the property features, including the timber floors and the grand staircase banister, was made in the Halvorsen boatsheds in 1950.
The family hails from a dynasty of wooden boat makers dating back to 1887, when Halvor Anderson launched his first wooden craft in the south of Norway before settling in Neutral Bay in 1925. With the couple now spending much of their time in America, Mr and Mrs Halvorsen are selling the Wahroonga home.
The property is listed with David Walker and Belinda Edwards of Ray White Wahroonga/Turramurra and will go to auction on December 5
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