Constructed around 1911, this stunning Federation-era home is quintessentially embedded in the town's colonial past. Records of the double block sale go back to 1862 when it sold to Mr Hamilton Pearce. The property remained with his descendants until 1922. Wide streets & an elevated position characterise it well.
Of double face brick with a Colonial bond, the hipped roof is of corrugated steel with corbel-topped brick chimneys. The front has paired double-hung windows on either side of the front door, with a bull-nosed verandah wrapping around to the side supported by turned timber posts. Fretwork & slatted balustrades ornament it. The home was minimally extended & renovated in 2006.
This historic & charming heritage-listed residence offers a plethora of original features – a mixture of pressed metal & painted timber ceilings of an average 3.2 metre height, ceiling roses, wide skirting boards, transom internal ventilation windows above the original doors, several open fireplaces, picture rails, polished timber floors & a delightfully worn hardwood timber step at the end of the long hallway. The central hallway is classic Federation style – the beautifully detailed arch alone should appeal to purists.
The tastefully modified & very spacious open plan living area is very much in harmony with the rest of the dwelling & functions well for contemporary lifestyles. A bank of double glazed glass with sliding doors captures the winter sunlight & abuts an impressive sheltered timber deck, perfect for alfresco entertaining. Adjoining this living area is the superbly appointed provincial-style kitchen, replete with stone benchtops, soft close doors, Ilve brand electric oven & rangehood, 5-burner gas hotplates, an integrated Miele dishwasher & bay window overlooking the back garden.
The 4 well-proportioned bedrooms ooze character & are large enough to operate as additional living or study/office areas if desired; the particularly grand one to the left of the front door with pressed metal ceiling & marble-surround fireplace was possibly the original parlour. The sumptuous main bedroom with decorative timber ceiling & own fireplace accesses the verandah through double doors. Its strikingly modern ensuite is of the highest standard, as is the main bathroom, with room to move & offering heaps of storage. Holland & Roman blinds with some lace curtaining provides privacy as well as aesthetic & practical warmth to the rooms.
Outside, the quaint original detached bathroom now operates as a spacious laundry/storeroom with separate outdoor toilet attached.
The meticulously maintained grounds are a delight in itself – a mixture of mature trees such as crepe myrtle, fig & loquat preside over a diverse array of lower foliage - roses, box hedges, conifers, succulents, irises, nandinas, daffodils & hellebores to name but a few; this botanical masterpiece complements the artful brick pathways & disguised nooks. A small orchard with an excellent variety of fruit & citrus trees flank 2 productive vegetable gardens, & a soaring arbour provides plenty of growing space for the kiwi fruit vines. There's an expanse of green lawn for kids & pets alike to enjoy, & still plenty of room for a chook run as well.
Car enthusiasts won't be disappointed either – included is a lock-up double timber garage with attached carport plus another freestanding double metal carport. Beneath the deck & house is an incredible amount of storage space with wondrous wine cellar potential.
A short stroll away is the main street of Yass township. Proximity to many amenities such as parkland, local shops, clubs, the river, service stations & a range of medical facilities should appeal to most prospective buyers. For business-minded people, it could be an ideal proposition for Airbnb letting.
Don't miss this excitingly rare opportunity to procure an historic property in an outstanding position.