The Ann & Dale is nestled amid some of Sydney’s earliest architectural history, making it one of the rarest apartment buildings in Sydney. Annandale itself has one of the longest histories of any Sydney suburb. When Major George Johnston (1764–1823) arrived on the First Fleet ship “Lady Penrhyn”, he was granted 100 acres of land that he named Annandale after his birthplace Annan in Scotland. His name is remembered in Johnston Street itself. He sold his property in 1877 to John Young, who was a businessman, architect and mayor. Young began to turn the Johnston estate into an attractive suburb by building a number of picturesque houses. Popularly known as “Witches’ Houses” because their towers, these are the buildings that surround The Ann & Dale. Of the various houses in this group, The Ann and Dale’s closest neighbour, The Abbey, has been described as a stone Gothic Revival mansion, modelled on Scottish manors. And you could be looking at it every day!