Holden historian Don Loffler is the first to admit that his treasured Klemzig home is a little unusual.
Not only does it boast a beetroot-coloured bathroom, but an original mid-century interior that will take you right back to 1958, when the former display home at 19 Clarence Ave was built.
It is also the birth place of Mr Loffler’s acclaimed Holden book series, including his first page-turner She’s a Beauty: The Story of the First Holdens, which was published in 1998.
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“There are not many advantages to getting old but one advantage is that I am old enough to remember when the first Holden was released in 1948,” he said.
“I was nine years old and it was love at first sight. It was much the same when my wife Lois and I bought this home in 1968 … and it was here that I wrote all of my seven books.
“My study, in particular, was always such a beautiful space and a good place to get inspiration. In fact, I could never get through breakfast fast enough, just so I could get to my study and computer and write.”
The longstanding family home is now on the market for the first time in 51 years and will be auctioned by Ouwens Casserly Real Estate on Tuesday, February 26, with a price guide of $595,000.
It is set on an 813sqm corner block and features four bedrooms, one bathroom, two living areas, a picture perfect garden an automated watering system, and a double garage.
“We originally looked at a number of houses that were the traditional cream brick design but we just didn’t warm to them,” Mr Loffler said.
“So the agent suggested we should look at this one. As soon as we saw it, we were bowled over by the bright airiness of the place.
“Over the years, we had many wonderful parties at the home, including birthdays, Christmases and dinner parties – which were all very special.
“But one of the main talking points has always been the bathroom. We did think about modernising it but my kids asked me not to, because it’s such a time piece. It hasn’t been changed in 61 years.”
Mr Loffler said the decision to sell had been made with a heavy heart.
“I reached the stage in my life where I need to downsize,” he said.
“While I love the property dearly, I had to look realty in face and say in 10 years’ time, I won’t want to be here. It’s not an old man’s property.
“So I’ve decided to sell and would just love it if a new family moves in.
“I’d be more than happy to give them all the history that I have on the house, including log books on what’s been done to the place.”
Launched to the market only three days ago, selling agent Bradley Eastwood said the home was attracting plenty of buyer interest.
“It went online on Tuesday and we already have three offers on the table from people who haven’t even seen inside the home yet,” he said.
“I expected we’ll get more after the first open on Saturday which, I’m sure will attract quite a crowd and a few neighbours.
“I think there’s a good chance the property will sell before auction but it’ll all come down to Don and whether he’s happy with what’s being offered.”