Rare c1926 Californian bungalow in Manly’s Bower St comes to market
It’s hard to beat waking up to an unobstructed view over Manly Beach — especially when you get to do it every day.
For Mark Langbein, it will remain one of the best memories he will take away from his Bower St home, when he closes the front door of 83-85 Bower St, Manly, for the last time.
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The main bedroom has been his favourite room in the house, which he has owned for some 20 years.
“To wake up in the morning and look out over Manly Beach is a very special way to start your day,” he said.
“On a perfect day you are full energised with these views, and to top it off, the birds singing in the background.”
Mr Langbein, group managing director of Aircraft Support Industries, bought the home in 1997 after moving his young family from Singapore.
“We had passed through Manly in the mid-80s and thought what a great place this would be to live,” he said.
“During the 1997 financial crisis in Asia I decided to relocate my Company headquarters to Sydney and we naturally had Manly in our sights.”
At that time 83-85 Bower St was on the market and caught their attention, largely for its relatively flat 1416sqm block, its views and the private position.
They undertook a major renovation on the c1926 Californian bungalow, which included joining the rear of the house to the existing double garage.
A new kitchen and dining area was built, with decks that enhanced the entire north aspect of the home.
The front sunroom was opened up to a massive entertainment area with access to the swimming pool area and gardens.
Classic elements of the original house are now major features — including the original fireplace, woodwork and kauri timber floors.
The gardens have been cherished by Mr Langbein and his family.
“You have a very private oasis with ponds, fountains and an abundance of wildlife,” he said.
“Nature is everywhere with water dragon colonies, bandicoots, opossums and off course many varieties of birds. It is paradise.”
He said the best feature of the home was the abundance of outdoor living areas.
“You can soak up the sun on the front deck or retreat to the rear deck when the temperatures rise,” he said.
“Having so many areas to enjoy, you can have your own private space when you want peace and tranquillity or join other family members and friends around the table under the shade of the paperbarks.”
Given its size, the property has subdivision or redevelopment potential (subject to council approval), a possibility Mr Langbein is pragmatic about.
“No matter what happens or who purchases the property the past enjoyment will be etched in my families minds for ever,” he said.
“This special piece of land will bring many years of pleasure to whoever purchases it.
I continuously travel the globe and have to say I have never come across something as perfect as Bower Street.”
The property is scheduled to go to auction on April 13, noon, with a price guide of $10,000,000-$11,000,000. For more information contact Cherie Humel, or Michael Clarke, of Clarke & Humel Property.
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