Mosman home with more than a century of history hits the market
When you buy a house built in the 1870s, you know you are buying history too.
And that has made the Field family’s eight years at 44 Cowles Rd, Mosman, even more special.
The stunning c1873 Victorian-era landmark known as St Giles, is a treasure trove of history, both old and more modern.
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It was once home to William Dind, an identity with strong north shore ties.
Mr Dind, who lived there until his death in 1895, was well-known in acting circles, and associated financially with Sydney’s Prince of Wales Opera House and Royal Victoria Theatre. He was the licensee of Dind’s Hotel in Milsons Point.
Mr Dind was also an alderman of the East St, St Leonards Borough, which joined with neighbouring boroughs in 1890 to form North Sydney Council. Dind St, Milsons Point, is named after him. According to the Stanton Library, Mr Dind’s pub was used as council chambers from 1868-1882.
The history of that Victorian era has been lovingly preserved in this home.
Cathedral ceilings, a classic central hallway, timber floors and immaculate stained glass are a nod to Mosman’s grace and style.
Francine and Adam Field fell in love with the home and bought it in 2011, soon starting to learn about its history.
“After moving in we found out a little about the property through the next door neighbour,” Mrs Field said.
“Actor John Waters was the owner who did the main extension to the cottage.”
It has proved a wonderful place to raise their daughters Charlotte and Anna, and close to Mrs Field’s cafe Village Mosman, which is located next door to Floriade and Ewens Hardware Store.
She said the Federation features of the home had been the main attraction in the beginning.
“We were immediately attracted to the open plan living and the expensive ceilings,” she said. “The cathedral ceilings in the back of the house were the selling point … Also, its proximity to the village, coming from Paddington it was very important we didn’t always have to take out our car.”
In the time they have owned St Giles, the couple have reconfigured the floorplan, laid new floors and carpet, painted inside and out, and redesigned a bathroom.
“The house is an extremely easy home to live in and has a wonderful feeling throughout, and once you step from the old cottage to the new side of the house the expansiveness of the living areas proves a wonderful feeling of space,” Mrs Field said.
“We also love the proximity of the home to Mosman village. It is so close to Military Rd transport, which makes my husband’s commute to work in the mornings very easy.”
The family has decided to sell, and there has been plenty of early interest. It is due to go to auction on June 29, with a price guide of $3.6 million. Brendan Warner, of Raine & Horne Mosman, has more information.
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