The Nest is one of the oldest and most admired buildings on the lower northern beaches and it is a home that most locals know.
Built in 1870 using sandstone quarried from a nearby street this Victorian cottage at 26 Cavill St, Queenscliff is heritage listed on the State register and described as a rare example of a stone cottage. And even though this cottage has been renovated it still retains great integrity of character and fabric.
The three-bedroom cottage on the border of Queenscliff and Freshwater goes to auction on Saturday February 23 through Belle Property and it has a guide of $1.7 million to $1.87 million.
The stone used was from the same quarry that was cut for St Patrick’s Seminary in Manly and when the owners, Gavin and Sarah Long, repointed last year they employed stonemasons who also have worked on St Patrick’s. They even used the same traditional lime mix to protect the sandstone and allow it to breathe.
“It won’t need doing for about a century!” said Mr Long.
The Longs have lived in and loved this home for almost 12 years, have breathed new life into this well-known house and have renovated downstairs, replaced the upper balcony and completely reworked the rear garden.
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At the front the cottage is just one storey but at the back it is two. An old downstairs laundry is now a light and airy living area with fireplace, two sets of French doors opening to a veranda and a bedroom and bathroom.
Inside there are original stained glass windows that throw pools of colour on the floor and walls.
The deep sandstone walls create recesses and big window sills and there are two original fireplaces in the home.
But this is also a home not a museum so the main bedroom has an ensuite, the kitchen is modern with a bush view and the main bathroom is vast. There are two bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom downstairs and an attic for copious storage.
Agent Nick Duchatel, of Belle Property Dee Why, said there are very few freestanding houses in Queenscliff and this iconic home is footsteps to the beach lifestyle.
The Longs have raised two children at the home, Belle and Quinn, pictured with their dog Cookie, and have loved the chance to improve this important property. They are especially proud of the new rear garden with a veranda, lawn, entertaining area and off-street parking for two cars.
“I want it to go to someone who will appreciate it and protect it,” Mrs Long said.
“It is a magical house.”