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Home in Ryde, Sydney was built by Russian billionaire Boris Staheyff

From the outside, it looks like any other small family home in Sydney's north-west.

But this unremarkable three-bedroom house was for decades home to one of Russia's wealthiest families - multi-billionaires who escaped the revolution and rebuilt their lives in Sydney.

Boris Staheyff and his wife Tamara, whose family built the stunning Summer Palace in St Petersburg for Peter the Great, bought the 1,118sqm block of land in Ryde in 1954. 

At the age of seven, he had fled the Red Army in war-torn Russia along with his family, who had been among the country's richest and most successful families.

The house at 23 Myra Avenue was completed in 1955 and has now been put up for auction for the first time since following Tamara's recent death.

Boris Staheyff and his wife Tamara purchased the 1,118sqm block of land (pictured) in Ryde in 1954 where they built a new family home after escaping near death experiences.

Boris and Tamara (pictured) in Cowra after fleeing the communist revolution in China. They also lived in the Philippines before starting a new life in Australia

Boris Staheyff and his wife Tamara, whose family built the stunning Summer Palace (pictured) in St Petersburg for Peter the Great 

The kitchen pictured in their home in Ryde which was completed in 1955. It is set to go up for auction for the first time 

'It was a big house, with a lot of room in it. They found some peace there. But as a kid, you just don't understand what they'd been through,' their daughter Tatiana, 74, told Domain. 

The home boasts three bedrooms, with a big backyard perfect for the children or an opportunity to build a duplex, or rebuild. 

Scattered around are family photos, dolls, and the old furniture as a way of keeping Boris and Tamara's memories alive and their incredible history.

'Boris' family employed tens of thousands of people and they virtually started the system of free education and hospital care for the Russian people,' Boris' son-in-law Michael Cohen, 65, said.

'They did so much for the Russian people, that's what saved him. People were prepared to hide the family as they fled to Manchuria.'

One of the bedrooms pictured in the stunning family home. The home boasts three bedrooms and has plenty of original features

Scattered around the home are family pictures, dolls and old furniture keeping their memories alive

At the age of seven, Mr Staheyeff's family was forced to flee Russia after being given an hour's warning before the Red Army would kill them during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

He saw his older brother being bungled up in a bag and thrown to his death off a bridge, and his dad Gregory fell sick during their escape.

Soon it was just Boris and his mother Anna, who made their way to China before having to flee the communist revolution there too.

The pair, along with Boris's wife Tamara, then made their way to the Philippines where they were given a few destinations to create a new life. 

They arrived in Australia and lived in migrant camp in Cowra, before staying in a hut for two years with nine other families.

They finally made their way to Sydney in the early 1950s where they purchased the 1,118sqm block in Ryde and began to build their new family home. 

Mr Cohen said the couple had an 'amazing history' as they started a new life. 

Boris died in 1990 and Tamara passed away just four weeks ago at the age of 101. 

The home is set for auction on November 7 and is expected to fetch $1.65million. 

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