Lane Cove Flashback – Lloyd Rees’ Northwood Home

If you’ve ever driven along Cliff Road Northwood and seen a house that looks like it should be located on the Riviera – you are correct.

Famous Australian and former Northwood Resident Lloyd Rees built this home in 1934 as a tribute to his love of the Riviera.

Lloyd Rees and his wife Marjory lived in their Northwood home until 1986. In 1986 Lloyd Rees moved to Tasmania to be with family. Lloyd passed away in 1988 and left the house to his son Alan.

In 2017, The Rees family has made the difficult decision to sell the home.

For 30 years Lloyd’s studio remained untouched as a homage to Lloyd and his talent. The contents of Lloyd’s studio have been removed by the Art Gallery of NSW and will be catalogued.

Photo: Jonathon Rees as featured on

The house was built by Charles Miller. The total cost of the build was less than 1000 pounds. The house sits majestically over Cliff Road. It is 2-storey brick building painted in a soft pink. At the back of the residence is a Tuscan Arch closed in Verandah, where you can sit and admire the beautiful water views.

Historical Importance

The house is of historical importance and is listed on the NSW Heritage Register by the Lane Cove Council. When a house is listed by a local council on the Heritage Register, owners need to seek approval from the local council if they wish to make major changes which may affect the heritage significance of the place.

Rees was a member of the famous Northwood Group of Artists. The Northwood artists tended towards landscape painting and would regularly go on painting excursions around Sydney Harbour.

Lloyd Rees was an important Lane Cove resident and he has been honoured in several ways.  There is, of course, the Lloyd Rees bandstand in the Plaza and Lloyd Rees park, Lloyd Rees Drive (the entrance to Blackman Park). Each year Gallery Lane Cove holds the Lloyd Rees Youth Art Awards.


In the Cove Local News – Get in Every Wednesday!!

To make sure you don’t miss Lane Cove info sign up to our newsletter. It comes out every Wednesday at 7.30 pm and includes a wrap up of everything posted on our Facebook site in the previous week.

Read this week’s newsletter.

Did you know that In the Cove has an Instagram page? Yes, we do, and we feature pictures from our roving reporters and our ITC team that do not appear on our Facebook page. Follow us on @inthecove

Want to find out what your neighbours are chatting about – head over and join ITC Lane Cove Chat – also if you have lost anything or found something this is the place to post.