Remember this beautiful old place? ... which I pass on my morning walks?... the one that has the pup waiting at the gate for me each morning, ball in mouth, ready to play .... well she's for sale (the house... not the dog).
The back of the property - the little studio and garage.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know the owners over the past few months. I stopped to chat one morning, when the owner was working in his garage. That's it (the garage) on the right...at the back of the property... with 2 street access... the only garage I have ever met that has it's own balcony with a view! I was curious as to why/how that incongruous creation in the middle of the picture came to be (across the road from the property) in an area steeped in history and saturated in heritage architecture... so we chatted.... and chatted.
I was given the grand tour, stayed for hours, inhaled the history, not only of the house but the neighbourhood as well. The owners know the area so well, have lived here for some years and have lovingly restored this home over that time. I would often walk past and see the lady of the house balanced precariously on a ladder on the upstairs verandah, trying to paint an out of reach shutter... I would hold my breath. Built in the mid 1800's, it was originally a 'gentleman's residence' and has had various incarnations throughout the years...apparently having a 'colourful purpose' during the war.
That little building, to the left of the photo above, was part of the stables. Next door (now subdivided) was the tennis court. Half of the tennis house is still standing in someone elses back yard... used as a garden shed.
She stands so majestically on the street (which originally was the cart track leading to the house... back in the days), proudly hinting at her history. My big son and I attended the open for inspection on the weekend. It was very quiet. She commanded respect and I think people sensed it. We wafted from room to room, drank it all in.... she's just beautiful. You can see more of her HERE.