Appearing like something out of the pages of a Jane Austen book, this Tudor-style manor overlooking St Huberts Island on the Central Coast is one of the most unique properties on the market right now.
Full of old world charm, the cream-coloured abode with pointed roofline at 136 Rickard Rd, Empire Bay was built into the rocks high above the Brisbane Waters, backing onto some stunning bushland.
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With Boston creeper vines draped around a white bay feature window, it would be easy to become enchanted by the home – which is exactly what happened to owner Bev Blockey 11 years ago.
“As soon as I walked down the driveway to inspect the house, I fell in love,” she said.
“It has been beautifully built and so solid. The old owner was a pilot, and loved the Old English look. They has the kitchen sink brought in from Wales.”
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Over the years, Ms Blockey said that she has had admirers come knocking on the door wanting to know more about the history of the home.
“People are always very surprised to find out that the property was built in 1997. They have these romantic notions that it is an old house,” she said,
“I’ve always liked traditional-style houses over contemporary. In saying that though, if I was younger, I’d give it a shabby chic makeover, or French Provincial – this place would work perfectly for styles like those.”
The home includes a freestanding British Leisure cooker, main bathroom with claw foot bath and a loft above the double garage – the perfect space for an office or studio.
It also boasts solid jarrah flooring throughout, dormer windows and a formal living area with wood burning fireplace, ceiling with exposed timber beams coupled with a beautiful bay window to take in the spectacular views – Ms Blockey’s favourite spot in the house.
The location is also perfect for people watching, with boating and lifestyle activities taking place below in the surrounding waterways.
“I am thrilled to have lived in such a unique home, but it is time to downsize,” Ms Blockey said.
No. 136 Rickard Rd is for sale via Tom O’Gorman from George Brand Kincumber with a price guide of $1.3 million.