Chance to save Eric Humphries’ historic Rotherwood

The permitted project, with 15 apartments.

Opponents to the demolition of a blonde brick block of flats developed by Eric Humphries, the father of comedian Barry, who died last year, have been delivered a reprieve – with the new developer owner listing the property for resale.

The Camberwell site once included a grass tennis court.

A premium is expected, as the 2025 square metre Camberwell holding is now permit-ready for a more efficient residential project with underground parking.

More than $9.5 million has been speculated, though the agents declined to comment.

The vendor paid $9.1m in December, 2021.

That vendor was a consortium of Humphries family members to which Rotherwood was passed down.

Eric Humphries was a prominent local developer constructing a family home in neighbouring Canterbury’s quaint Golf Links Estate.

Barry however was opposed to local high density residential – leading a high profile 2004 campaign, also with actor Geoffrey Rush and local activist Mary Drost, who died last month, aged 92, stopping an apartment complex at Camberwell station – arguably the best place in the suburb for it.

Another Camberwell site sale

Walking distance to Camberwell Junction, the c1939 Rotherwood, with nine unrenovated two bedroom dwellings, occupies about a third of the block, 570 Riversdale Road, which once included a tennis court (story continues below).

Rotherwood contains nine unrenovated two bedroom flats.

It earns nearly $190,000 per annum.

The permit allows for 15 larger dwellings (the average apartment size would be 143 sqm) – 11 of which are configured with three bedrooms, the balance, two.

A basement would contain 40 car parks and 15 storerooms.

Savills’ Benson Zhou, James Latos, Michael Lang and Julian Heatherich are the agents.

The property is near the outgoing REIV headquarters, on 3808 sqm at 335 Camberwell Rd, which apartment developer Angle picked up late last year for c$26m.

Also in the area, Hacer with Time & Place are replacing a 2090 sqm block acquired in 2021 at the south west corner of Burke and Victoria roads, with a high end residential project.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of