Rare beachfront home with 15m oceanfront selling in Narrabeen
The widow of one of the nation’s most famous inventions bought this oceanfront home in the hope her family would visit regularly.
It worked a treat.
Her six children and 17 grandchildren call round all the time, surf from beyond the back gate and enjoy the beach. She loves seeing them when they pop in and the 96-year-old keen card player holds regular card parties for her own friends at the house with its mesmerising sea view.
All her life Elizabeth Halliwell wanted to live beside the sea and in 1984, aged 60, her dream came true and she has loved her magnificent ocean home on its large block with a 15m frontage to the sand.
Mrs Halliwell is the widow of Keith Halliwell who invented the Tilt-a-dor garage door in 1948 which changed the face of suburbia throughout Australia.
The couple’s daughter Joanne Woodward said her late father came up with the track design and grew the home business into a local company employing 100 people.
But she added that her mother also played an important role in the business’s success.
“She used to help him late at night with the design while also raising six children and she travelled with him with the fitting in the back of the car as they visited country hardware stores. She was the front man who went into the hardware store asking for the fittings for the garage door,” Mrs Woodward said.
The couple first lived in Manly Vale and later Collaroy but it was Mrs Halliwell’s dream to live by the ocean.
Her two-storey house at 121 Ocean St, Narrabeen is on 1043sqm of land and one of the few absolute beachfront properties in Sydney. The house has a 8.3m family room on the ground floor plus a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe.
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Upstairs there is an open-plan lounge and dining room, a compact kitchen facing the sea, two bedrooms that open to a balcony and a third bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe.
Although the house has been freshly painted and the kitchen has been updated this position arguably cries out for a new dream home.
The property is for sale via expressions of interest, closing at noon on Friday May 31. The guide is $4.2 million and Brendan Pomponio, of Belle Property, is marketing the home.
“Sunrise to sunsets this is as good as beachfront living gets, a lifestyle that makes you feel like you are on a permanent holiday,” Mr Pomponio said.
“Offering one of the most sought after opportunities and being only 1 of approximately 140 absolute beachfront houses along the Sydney coastline, this holding puts its self in an even more unique category by offering a 1043sqm level block that is perfect for trophy home potential,” he added.
Narrabeen house prices have performed well over three years. According to CoreLogic the median house price has jumped 30.6 per cent compared to 17.7 per cent for the rest of northern beaches residential real estate.