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House Of The Week

Just Perfect For The Couple Who Seek Charm & Comfort

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Living Areas Classic formal parlour plus big glass walled sunroom for family living & dining (currently used as a bedroom)
Outdoor Living Covered front verandah overlooking garden & rainforest vistas plus rear deck & hidden timber garden terrace
Bedrooms 2 bedrooms (one currently used as formal dining room)
Bathrooms Simple modern bathroom with shower & vanity plus separate toilet
Heating / Cooling Slow combustion heater in parlour plus fully operational slow combustion cooker in kitchen (has electric cooker too)
Car Accommodation   Single lock-up garage & workshop
Land size & grounds   Lots of native trees & very pretty gardens add to the beauty of this elevated 1,000 square metre block

Few homes can boast such an interesting history as this romantic cottage known as “Quantum”. It began life as a timber getters’ hut somewhere off the Mountain in the way dim past. Then it was moved to a rainforest acreage on Lahey Road in the early 20th century and purchased by our most honoured poet, Judith Wright and her partner Jack McKinney during the 1930’s. It was Judith Wright that named it “Quantum” because it was purchased for Jack, so he could do his quantum physics thinking and philosophy writing in total peace and quiet there. In about 1946, it was purchased by an interesting and rather eccentric couple. After her partner passed away, the lady continued to live there alone for many years amid nature until her death in the late nineties. The property was then acquired by our local wilderness conservation group and the timber cottage sold. It was moved to its current position high up in Long Road and fully renovated with new roof, new plumbing, new electrical wiring and all steel stumps.

After its full physical update, it also was given a major facelift inside that included a quite roomy modern kitchen with electric stove, although the original slow combustion cooker, (a dream for making fruit cakes and wonderful roast dinners) was retained. A practical bathroom with fully screened shower and vanity basin replaced the antiquated bathroom and the separate toilet was also upgraded. A new internal laundry with modern plumbing was added too. In the just over a decade since its second move, the great front verandah for outdoor dining and relaxation and the wonderful rear sunroom and deck have been added as well as a slow combustion fire in the parlour. The cottage has been redecorated throughout in a tone of a misty yesterday’s green, that seems to fit perfectly with its long and rather exotic history.

But that is not the end of the story! The very elevated and well treed block was given a good, wide bitumen driveway with turning space and a special parking bay for visitors and a good lock-up garage was installed. Then came the garden! And what a pretty country garden it is with lawn, flowers, colourful shrubs and native trees all happily mingling to create that perfect cottage garden feeling. There are concrete pathways where you want them and stepping stones too. Our current seller has done much to enhance the garden and added a most delightful hidden timber terrace that hides among the shady trees and calls “come sit on me” throughout the warmer months.

“Quantum” sits somewhere in the middle of that conventional and unconventional range. It has the features and creature comforts that we expect in modern living, with that touch of the quaint and unusual like the skillion roof that gives a raked ceiling and those unusual high up, north facing windows in the parlour. The original floor boards, or some later version, have been retained, but are painted rather than polished and the kitchen has been tiled. The interior walls and ceiling appear to predate asbestos fibro and are most likely made of masonite with timber mouldings. Somehow the sturdy, state-of-the art glass walls with sliding door to the deck in the sunroom do not seem out of place here. Maybe because it looks out into the native trees that fill the back garden area. “Quaint and full of character” are words that best describe this cottage with vistas that take in the trees in the National Park at the top of the opposite ridge.

People who want a home out of the ordinary and collect Australiana could not help but be captivated by the magic within these walls and the gardens outside the walls. It will also appeal to creative folk who should find special inspiration here. This is Mountain history encapsulated in a very loveable and liveable cottage that is handy to Gallery Walk, schools and local shopping.

Delightful & Romantic in So Many Ways ... $420,000

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For Service With A Smile

phone Barry Chick on 07 5545 1800 / 04 1887 6191

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