Original Northmead cottage sells after 33 years


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This charming old home on parklike grounds has sold for $1.2 million.

The sale of one of Parramatta’s oldest homes marks the end of an era for a Northmead family — and the start of another for the excited new owners.

An original Northmead cottage, which was built in the 1800s before being extended and restored, hit the market earlier this year for the first time in more than 30 years.



This photo was used to market the Northmead home before the vendor’s family bought it.

A landmark at 31 Glenn Ave, the charming old residence spans a single-storey on a sprawling 1,138 sqm parcel of land.

The character-filled, four-bedroom property generated huge interest during its recent auction campaign, before selling under the hammer.

The interiors are packed with period features and old-world charm.

Of the four registered bidders, two competed from the opening bid of $1 million before the hammer fell at $1.2 million.

“I had 77 buyers through the door — there was a mixture of groups including a few wanting the land but not the heritage, so they were looking for something to knock down,” selling agent Kim McChlery, from McGrath Parramatta, said.

“Thankfully, the lovely blended family with older children who bought it wanted it as their home to live in, where they can all sit around a dining table and enjoy its history,” Ms McChlery said.

The country-style kitchen was moved and rebuilt in recent years.

Believed to have first been built in the early 1880s and later added onto, the property was more recently bought by Judy Ormiston and her family in 1985 for $91,000 — a figure then considered expensive.

During her research, the vendor learned its original rooms were said to have once been the Northmead — then Northmeadow — outbuildings for Old Government House.

Since the early ’90s, she faithfully upgraded it by restoring the bathroom, moving and rebuilding the kitchen, adding a living area and creating more storage and a walk-in pantry.

There is plenty of space to spread out.

All on parklike grounds, it is packed with period features that were an instant selling point for the buyers from Castle Hill, according to Ms McChlery.

“The seller has done some really beautiful restorations to bring it back to its former glory as a piece of history.

Four large bedrooms flow across the vast floorplan.

“The buyers were looking for exactly this, every house they saw wasn’t old and they were on the prowl for a homestead — they have grown up with the old-world features and loved this home’s high ceilings, cornices, ceiling roses, old timber floors and fireplaces.”

Set back from the street and with an inviting facade, the home has a wraparound bullnose veranda.

Inside, the bedrooms are spacious and common areas have soaring timber ceilings which are dotted with downlights.

The bathroom has been restored.

Like a step back in time, the bathroom has floor-to-ceiling tiles and features a claw foot bath.

The house also has a wine cellar and double garage. It is set close to Westmead Hospital, main roads and shops.

Seller Judy Ormiston relaxes on the veranda of the home she lovingly restored. Picture: Angelo Velardo

The vendor previously told the Parramatta Advertiser she loved all aspects of the home but especially loved watching her grandchildren play under the weeping willow tree out front.

“I never thought I would leave … it has been wonderful; a really lovely, calm place to be,” Ms Ormiston said.


The property was snapped up for far more than the suburb’s median house price of $990,000.

According to CoreLogic records, Northmead saw 78 property sales in the 12 months to April.

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