The Ranelagh Estate
The Ranelagh Estate is a subdivision of some 800 blocks
bounded by Port Phillip, Canadian Bay Road, Mount Eliza Way, the Nepean
Highway and Earimil Creek. The Estate was sympathetically designed by
Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924 to complement
the natural beauty of the hilly terrain nestled between coast and
bushland. His long curved streets provide a view of trees and greenery,
rather than bitumen and concrete.
The Ranelagh Estate is an intact subdivision that is
significant both for its authorship and its rarity. It also possesses a
landscape quality rarely matched in Australian suburban design. There
are few examples of the Griffins’ work existing outside Canberra. The
Ranelagh Estate is one of these. Others are at Eaglemont near Ivanhoe
and at Castlecrag in Sydney. The hallmark of Griffin’s planning is the
system of open parklands which intersperse the built environment. These
open space lots were specifically designed to allow families and
children recreation space away from the street.
The estate consists of single and double storey houses
situated on spacious blocks. Amongst these properties are a number of
individually significant houses and gardens. There is a mixture of well
maintained native and traditional private gardens that complement the
surrounding natural beauty.