Townhouse with built-in conversation starter

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New townhouse in Fairlight within the walls of a historic reservoir.

Not many people can boast that they live in a Victorian reservoir within metre-thick walls. It is a guaranteed conversation starter, great dinner party talk and because the old reservoir was built on a high point the new townhouses within have views to the city, over the harbour and to the north over the district.

The Old Manly Reservoir is in fact in neighbouring Fairlight but it was built in 1892 for the Manly population. Water was pumped from Manly Dam where it was reticulated throughout the suburb.

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Living within industrial history.

The reservoir also supplied water to St Patrick’s seminary in Manly and the Quarantine Station near North Head.

One of the five residences in the reservoir community is freestanding and positioned on a raised platform which once held a cast-iron water tank.

The townhouse for sale, 1/2 Ashley Pde, is a four-bedroom, three bathroom home with two-car garage facing north, west and south.

The townhouse has an elevated position with views all around.

Airy and with the harbour in view.

It has an internal lift to its three floors, loads of storage and there is a wraparound terrace with views and sunshine all day.

Adam Moore, of Stone Real Estate, said the property was a resale and virtually brand new.

“It has a peaceful leafy setting within a stroll of Fairlight village and only a short breath away from Manly Beach,” he said.

The top floor is devoted to living and family areas plus the luxury stone kitchen with walk-in pantry. The balcony wraps around three sides of the residence for maximum views and outdoor entertaining.

The elegant kitchen.

One of the three bathrooms.

The first floor has three bedrooms and two bathrooms including the main bedroom with its own bathroom. The ground floor has the double garage, a study or fourth bedroom and another bathroom and a laundry.

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In all there is 337sqm of accommodation including 183sqm internal space, 82sqm of balcony and a 37sqm basement which is ideal for storage. Oak floors, airconditioning and large picture windows are features. This one-off pet-friendly home with garden goes to auction on Saturday September 14 and has a price guide of $3.8 million.

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