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1920s time capsule home in mount gambier gives a taste of a past century

Written by The ReReport

WHEN Joan Davis moved into her treasured character home in Mount Gambier, she told herself she’d never leave. After all, it was the house of her dreams.
But 55 years later, the now 85 year-old has made the heartfelt decision to sell, with the home at 27 Gwendoline St offered to the market for the first time in almost 100 years.
“My husband and I bought the house off my in-laws who purchased the property in 1920,” Ms Davis said.

27 Gwendoline St, Mount Gambier

“So the home has been in our family for 98 years … and all of my kids grew up here as well.
“Over the years, this house has wrapped itself around me and nurtured me, and it’s been a wonderful experience living here.
“Naturally, I always said I would never leave and had no intention to, but things change. The reality is that I can no longer keep up with the house.”

27 Gwendoline St, Mount Gambier

Set on a sprawling 1398sqm corner block, the impressive return veranda villa is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, and located just a short walk from the town centre.
Inside, character features abound, including a leadlight entry, an arched central hallway, and high ceilings.

27 Gwendoline St, Mount Gambier

There are also four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a formal dining room or second living area, a timber kitchen, and a sunroom.
Another highlight is the time capsule formal lounge room with an open fireplace, which hasn’t change on bit since it was last decorated half a century ago.


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27 Gwendoline St, Mount Gambier

“The home was redesigned by an interior decorator not long after me moved in – so it has been like this for about 40 years,” Ms Davis said.
“He decorated it in keeping with the house, and it’s just been a happy family home ever since.
“We originally lived in a house around the corner but moved in when the in-laws decided it had gotten too big for them. And that’s the reason why I’m moving, too.
“I’m going to miss living here as it’s always been a lovely place to come home to and I would love it if a new family could move in.”

27 Gwendoline St, Mount Gambier

The property is on the market with HL Gebhardt & Associates – Mount Gambier and has an asking price of $469,000.
Mount Gambier is a city in the southeastern corner of South Australia, and just 17 kilometres from the Victorian border.
According to CoreLogic figures, property prices have risen by 12.5 per cent over the past five years, up to $256,500.

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