Ocean racing champion Scott Cavanough’s family home to sell
FIVE days a week Marie and Ron Cavanough would drive from the western suburbs to Manly so their youngest son could learn to sail.
Mrs Cavanough, a woman of great patience, finally put her foot down and her husband built the family a Wynnum beach house in 2000.
Their son, Scott Cavanough, has gone on to race in seven Sydney to Hobart yacht races and is now living in the UK, so the couple are selling their Wynnum house at 64 Kingsley Tce and are thinking of retiring to a big boat.
“When we bought here (in 1998) my husband promised me great things, the house was going to be built quickly,” Mrs Cavanough said.
“That didn’t happen.”
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During the build a cyclone hit north Queensland and all available timbers were shipped north to help in the recovery effort.
“We couldn’t get a single plank for the stairs, all the building materials were going up north, so we made aluminium stairs instead.”
Mr Cavanough’s craftsmanship came to the rescue, turning corrugation into practical as well as aesthetic features, from the ensuite and kitchen, to the ceiling.
The house now feels exactly as Mrs Cavanough had hoped, like glamping by the bay.
“I told Ron I wanted a beach house, and it is that. It is a very liveable house, so relaxed and with all the views.”
There are four levels of decks and each one has been made differently.
A separate studio at the rear of the 405sq m block has been Mr Cavanough’s workshop until its recent transformation into a gym.
The house was built with teenagers in mind, so there is a second kitchen on the ground floor and a covered deck with a pool table on it.
Joseph Lordi of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty is taking the property to auction on May 2.
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