20 Kitchener Street
Agency: Davey Real Estate
Contact: Phil Pope on 0416 065 779
BUILT in the 1940s, this delightful ‘beach shack’ has been home to two families.
Owner Dee Jaeger said the Hyde family built the home, where they raised four or five children.
She and Greg Harvey bought it in 1994 and said it was amazing raising their son in a home with character and in a child-friendly neighbourhood.
“Our son does surf club, footy and so many other activities that are right on our doorstep,” she said.
“So many friendships, fish ’n’ chips on the beach, surfing, snorkelling at Mettam’s Pool, fishing off the jetty, catching tadpoles and swinging off the rope swing in Star Swamp – no doubt these are the same activities the Hyde family kids enjoyed when they lived here.”
The owners made some changes to the home over the years, increasing the number of rooms by putting in stud walls in the two big sleepouts and opening up the back of the house by shifting a kitchen wall, but the character remains. Ms Jaeger said the daughters of the original owner visited the home for a nostalgic viewing and commented on the things that had not changed.
“Among the most notable were the kitchen cupboards with just a new lick of paint and the plaster ceiling roses – now with fans. Even the old Metters’ stove cover had been repurposed into a power point cover,” she said.
“While the facade had changed somewhat and there was a bit changed under the roof, the house was essentially the same layout and it was still easy for them to find their old rooms.”
The home has a surprising amount of living space with a sheltered veranda with pot-belly stove, lounge, dining/kitchen/activity area, and office. The backyard has an entertaining area, lawn and sheds.
The home offers a new family a range of options: move in as is, or rent out while deciding whether to renovate or demolish and build a new home on the 503sq m block.