With award-winning gardens and genuine 360-degree views from every floor, President Towers is one of Sydney’s most iconic apartment buildings.

It’s a rare example of a circular apartment building, one where every apartment is a whole floor penthouse. We take a look.

Darling Point after World War II

In the years after World War II Sydney faced a severe housing shortage, which impacted much of the city, including Darling Point.

In response, in the 1950s and 60s Woollahra Municipal Council began approving subdivision plans by developers to help ease the problem. This move would lead to the demolition of some of Darling Point’s old mansions, and the path was set for construction of the suburb’s large apartment blocks.

Glenhurst Gardens was one of the first of this new wave of buildings, constructed in 1958 where a large Victorian Italianate home once stood. As the 1960s dawned, more apartment buildings sprung up in the area, including Retford Hall and Ranelagh.

The trend for apartment development in the area continued on and, taking its place among these new apartment blocks in the early 1970s, was President Towers.

Enter the President

President Towers is one of only a handful of circular buildings in Sydney and was the city’s first circular residential apartment tower. Construction was completed in 1971, at a time when similarly shaped buildings were cropping up, including the Gazebo in Elizabeth Bay, operating as a hotel and, of course, Sydney’s first high-rise office tower, Australia Square.

The President Towers building consists of 20 floors, each floor occupied by just one apartment. The apartments are therefore a unique doughnut shape surrounding the elevator shaft in the centre of the building.

Floorplans vary from one apartment to the next – some have two bedrooms, for example, and others three. Flowing, open plan living and dining areas utilise approximately half the floor space and are positioned to take full advantage of the north-facing views. Many of the apartments have undergone a complete renovation and have been updated with the latest in high-end technology, fittings and appliances. The building also features an underground car park, gym, sauna and heated swimming pool.

One thing all of the apartments have in common, though, is a spectacular view.

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All residences in the building boast large picture windows. Those on the higher floors enjoy commanding views across the city, taking in the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Those at lower levels look out across the building’s renowned gardens and the local area.

Award-winning gardens

Long-term tower resident John Pickles partnered with landscape designer Ian McMaugh to create the beautiful gardens that surround the building and pool area.

There are nine separate garden areas, including vegetable beds, an eating area and a Japanese inspired garden.

When planning the gardens, McMaugh paid attention to the different microclimates of the site and planted accordingly. The result is an oasis overflowing with orchids, huge flowering bromeliads, birds nest ferns, heliconias, succulents and agaves.

Designed for both daytime and night-time use, the garden features more than 100 lights. Secluded corners are shaded by tall palms and eucalypts overhead, making the garden a haven of tranquillity for residents. In 2013 the garden won the Best Garden and Best Tree categories in the Woollahra Garden Awards.

Current listings in President Towers

Apartment 13 in President Towers is currently on the market. This exquisite apartment features 3 bedrooms, a bespoke kitchen and glorious 360-degree views across the harbour, city and beyond.

To arrange an inspection of this luxury property, call me today.