FEW homes built in The Hills during the 1940s remain, making this double brick bungalow a rare sight in the district.
A style of architecture more commonly found in Sydney’s northern districts and inner-west, this surviving residence in Baulkham Hills has become a surprise for househunters.
The property at 5 Scott Place, set to be auctioned later this month, has been modernised for today’s living but still retains many of its original features.
Among them external columns, french doors, decorative high dome ceilings, doors with lead light detailing and even the original fireplace mantel.
“It is lovely to live in a house with some character and history behind it – it is a special old home that’s for sure,” said Fiona Wallace, who lives there with her partner Graham Dorahy.
“We believe it was used as a GP office. Back in those days they were not allowed to put a plaque with the doctor’s name out the front, it would just have surgeon on it and the back bedroom was used as a waiting room.”
The home was originally positioned at the end of a long driveway, at the top of a hill surrounded by paddocks stretching to Bella Vista Farm. The land around it has since been subdivided into residential lots.
Ms Wallace and Mr Dorahy, who are now planning a sea-change to the North Coast, have always been fascinated with its history.
A spokeswoman from the Hills District Historical Society said few homes of this vintage remain in the area. The property, which is not heritage listed, is believed to have been later owned by a retired sheep farmer who moved to the suburb.
Over the years the three-bedroom home, positioned on a pretty 923 sqm block, has undergone some changes including the addition of a rear sunroom and installation of electric front gates.
Its kitchen and bathroom have been recently updated, while the master bedroom been reconfigured for today’s living with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.
Agent Zac Eadie from Manor Real Estate, who is auctioning the property on February 23, said while the home has been modernised it still has a traditional feel.
“Buyers like that it is so unique for this area – there is a lot of them in Epping and close to the inner-city but you just don’t find double brick bungalows in the Hills,” he said.