‘Worst house in best street’: Clovelly semi offered to the market for first time in 103 years
A Clovelly semi that’s been in Levina Stewart’s family for 103 years is expected to go off like a fire cracker at its October 23 auction.
The three-bedroom home on a 317 sqm block at 17 Clifton Rd is crying out for a makeover, with its faded pink walls and dilapidated kitchen and bathroom.
But that won’t stop it fetching more than $1.9 million at its October 23 auction, Century 21 agent Nick Papas believes.
“This is the case of the worst house in the best street,” he said.
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Renovated four-bedroom homes on smaller blocks in the street have sold for more than $3.3 million.
Hard to believe that half way through last century, three generations were crammed into the tiny home that Ms Stewart’s grandfather had bought way back in 1916.
“My father was born in the house and he died in 2017 at the age of 92,” Ms Stewart said.
“In the 1950s, homes were hard to get, so three families were living here.”
Despite grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles with all their offspring being in such close quarters, Ms Stewart remembers those days as happy times.
“We all lived together and we had a good time … we loved going to the beach because it was close by.”
She recalls a time when there were no supermarkets, but the bottom of Clifton Rd had butchers, a chemist, post office, hairdresser and a barber, fruit market, bakery, library and a shoemaker.
“It was a lovely little village,” Ms Stewart said.
“Mainly all those old shops have been converted into homes.”
Living there with just her dad up until his death had also been a “nice, quiet” period.
But she’s happy a young eastern suburbs family will soon get to live there.
“Other people who live in semis in the street have extended … there’s plenty of room because it’s a big backyard,” she said.