The Dutch have a reputation for being houseproud. Cleaning the front veranda, or stoep, used to be the first order of the day for a Dutch housewife years ago.
On an elevated pocket of land on Sydney’s northern beaches there is a post-war cottage held by Dutch owners for more than 40 years. Three generations of carpenters have lived in the home and help keep it immaculate.
Number 75 Quirk St, Dee Why is on the border of North Curl Curl and in a pocket that has proved popular with buyers taking old original homes and rebuilding on generous blocks that get big ocean views.
The single-level house with a separate studio at the rear goes to auction on Tuesday March 5 and has a price guide of $2.4 million.
The private hospital, Delmar Hospital, is nearby as is the Anglican co-ed school St Luke’s Grammar.
This property is on the corner of Quirk and Carew Sts and the land is more than 720sqm. As it is the single-level home has 180 degree views of the ocean, another storey would yield even wider sea views.
Agent Kim Jeffery, of LJ Hooker Collaroy, said some buyers have been amazed at the immaculate condition of the cottage and its self-contained studio at the back.
Built in 1949 the property has been owned by a family of Dutch extract for 45 years. The owners had four sons and a daughter and the sons were all handy and maintained the house for their parents with love and care.
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Entry to the property is via Carew St, the block runs north to south and the longest side faces east for the best of the morning sun and coastal breezes.
The living area has spectacular ocean and city views, there is a kitchen and dining area with an original bar, two of the four bedrooms have built-ins and there is a large bathroom, second toilet and internal laundry. A self-contained studio has living room with kitchen, bathroom and laundry. There is a carport and off-street parking for at least two cars plus a north-facing courtyard.