Angela Mollard and Nigel Wright bought their northern beaches home 17 years ago having roamed the globe as a journalist and photographer.
They have raised two daughters in their Fairlight home which is around the corner from Manly West Public School and loved the kind and close community of the street. They even discovered La Perouse St has its own Christmas song, set to the tune of Jingle Bells.
Number 15 La Perouse St is a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a solar-heated swimming pool going to auction on Saturday March 16. The two-level home has a $2.8 million price guide.
The couple added a large pitched-roof home office or third living room upstairs, moved the kitchen to the northern side of the home so that it has a view of the garden and added a tropical feel to the home with louvre windows, palms and star jasmine. A purple bougainvillea at the front is a street showstopper.
“We bought it as a small pot plant from the farmer’s market at Fox Studios when the girls were aged four and two and now it covers the whole front veranda. We chose purple because growing up, my grandparents had an enormous purple bougainvillea on their veranda and it reminds me of them,” Ms Mollard said.
As for the hibiscus blooming out the front they were bought by the girls grandma who chose one to go outside their bedroom windows.
“We might ask the new owners if we can take a small cutting!” she said.
The kitchen is the family’s favourite spot with views of the garden, lots of northwest sun and custom-built joinery.
“The light streams in, you can see the garden and it’s terrific with a crowd when everyone gathers round the kitchen bench,” Ms Mollard said.
The two-storey home has a 1920s provenance with high pressed-metal ceilings, a fireplace in one of the bedrooms and stained glass windows.
Ms Mollard also loves the upstairs home office which is on the same floor as the parents retreat, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. This room would be a lovely nursery or fifth bedroom.
Outside the swimming pool is solar heated which extends its season and makes night swimming a regular evening activity.
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“It’s an amazingly liveable house for both toddlers and teenagers,” Ms Mollard said.
“Because of its proportions everyone has their own space and the second lounge is a bit boho and cosy while the big open plan space is colourful and contemporary. It’s great for entertainers — I recently had a major birthday here and we were dancing well into the night,” she said.
There is also off-street parking, a level lawn and attic storage.