Written by Stefan Kostarelis
A Woodville home built in the 1920s and largely unchanged since then will go to auction on Saturday, July 1st at 11 am.
Located at 9 Stanley Street, the four-bedroom house stands on a 1,409sqm allotment.
According to the listing, the house features 1920s- style sandstone and glazed brick work with a full-width wrap around verandah and two sets of French doors opening out to private gardens.
Other classic features include polished timber floorboards, original tiling, high decorative ceilings, a cellar, a maid’s quarters and a laundry at the back where a gardener presumably would have lived.
In total the home has three decorative fireplaces, two of which are filled with radiators dating back to the 1920s. The third fireplace, which is in the sitting room, can still hold a roaring fire.
While the house is mostly untouched, a few changes have been made.
The kitchen was remodeled in the 1960s and includes a working “William Fridge”. It sits under the bench and resembles a cabinet with double glass doors.
In the 1970s, an inground swimming pool was added.
All the furnishings, which are from the 1960s, will not be included in the sale of the house with the exception of the refrigerator.
The vendor, Susan, told Realestate.com.au that she moved into the four-bedroom home during her childhood in the 1970s and hers was the third family to own it.
She believes that the house may have originally belonged to a shipping family.
“Most of this area was built by merchants from The Port,” she told Realestate.com.au, adding that her mother was a member of the Woodville Historical Society.
Susan and her mother have never felt the need to modernise.
“It’s not just a question of us not being bothered (with renovation), it’s because we like it,” she told Realestate.com.au, “You don’t need luxury all the time.”
Troy Tyndall of Klemich Real Estate told the Daily Mail that because the house is under historical conservation, buyers would have to take it as is. He added that although Susan and her mother love their home, they want to downsize.
‘It’s time – the house is too big for them,’ Tyndall told the Daily Mail. ‘They’ve preserved and maintained it up to this point, but they aren’t in a position to keep doing it.’
The house went online last Friday and has received a number of inquiries ahead of the auction. According to the Daily Mail, it is expected to go for around $1.3 million.
To learn more, contact Klemich Real Estate.