Historic Townsville home hits the market with original charm intact
BUILT in 1904, this stunning West End property is one of the first homes ever built in William street.
Ninety years later, it was purchased by the Connor family, who have spent the last 25 years calling it home.
“This has been a wonderful family home for my wife and son and daughter,” says Mr Connor
“I can still remember the first time we drove up to this house.
“We have always liked William St and we had been looking around the Belgian Gardens/West End area for some time — and, as soon as we walked in and had a wander around we knew that we would like to live here.”
The Queenslander was purchased as Miners’ Cottage style property but has undergone many facelifts since.
“The recent extension out the back of the house brings a bit of modern living to the house due to the open-plan styling.
“We put a large extension on the back of the house in 2005 and it is in this new part of the house that we spend the most time.
“We designed it to try and enhance the original front part of the house and drag in light and give us an open plan area where we can take advantage of the garden and the peaceful nature of this part of William St.
“It is a good compromise with the charm of the original features of the house out the front and easy, modern living out the back.
“The open plan in the living area makes it an easy home to live in.”
Mr Connor says it still surprises him that his family can be so close to the Strand and city yet, remain in such a quiet and lush environment.
“The privacy of the location, the sound of the birds in the backyard and the butterflies in the garden are a real features for me.
“The back garden is where the house leads out to, and there is an entertainment deck off the kitchen and a further garden deck to take advantage of the afternoon shade.
“One of my favourite things to do is, during times of heavy rain I would go out to the back deck, take a seat and enjoy nature’s show.”
With the couple’s children now moved out of home, the pair are relocated to a smaller place in Melbourne to be closer to family.
“It will always be filled with family memories for me, this was the place where our son was born and our daughter raised.”
Mr Connor says the position of the house is probably its best feature.
“Located in an end street and tucked away from busy roads.
“After work we would often explore the tracks around Castle Hill or take the short drive to the Strand or Rowes Bay with our dog.
“Sometimes you just get a feeling about a house — I will miss that feeling.
“My morning coffee on the couch, BBQ’s on the back deck, driveway parties with neighbours and friends out the front of the house.”
Mr Connor says the home would suit anyone who likes lush tropical gardens and a quiet location.
“It would probably suit a family because of the 4 bedrooms.
“Hopefully, the new owner will be able to stay for a while — by my calculations, the house has been owned by just four families in 115 years.”
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