Real Estate

beach house offers glimpse into life in the 1960s at mermaid beach

Written by The ReReport

7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach is going under the hammer on October 27.

CARS bogged on the streets of Nobby Beach might seem laughable now, but in the 1960s getting stuck on sandy tracks was part of daily life.
One of those residents was Leon Williamson, 92, who is preparing to farewell her family beach house.


And now.

It is the first time the property has hit the market in 50 years and is expected to attract plenty of interest when it goes under the hammer this month.
Mrs Williamson and her late husband John paid $14,500 in 1968 for the five-bedroom Mermaid Beach property in Chairlift Ave East.
Her daughter, Robin O’Neill, said the couple moved from Hervey Bay and decided Nobby Beach would be the best place to raise their four children.
“When we moved into the house there was only bitumen from Albatross Ave to Seagull Ave so on many occasions dad and his two sons would have to assist motorists who had bogged their cars in the sandy road near Lion’s Head (between Seagull and Petrel Ave),” Mrs O’Neill said.
“It was just a very carefree life with sand dunes everywhere and sand up around all of the fences. We spent our days going to the beach and to school.”

The view of the beach from Magic Mountain, Nobby Beach in 1969. Picture supplied by Robin O’Neill.

Leon Williamson, (middle back) surrounded by her children Jan, Alan, Chris and Robyn, holding Digger the dog. This photo was taken at Nobby Beach in September, 1969. Picture supplied by Robin O’Neill.

Ms O’Neill recalled regularly climbing Magic Mountain to soak up the view.
“There was the chairlift but we always used to climb the hill,” she said.
“There was no fencing or anything and it didn’t have any of the vegetation that is there now.”
Ms Williamson lived in the house for 50 years – she recently moved to Brisbane and reluctantly put her property on the market.
“The only changes to the house were the aluminium windows and a new kitchen upstairs. The old kitchen went downstairs,” Mrs O’Neill said.
“Apart form that it’s very original.”

7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach.

7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach.

The residence has three bedrooms on the second floor as well as a kitchen, bathroom and living areas.
A self-contained living area and two more bedrooms are on the ground floor.
“It will be a sad day for Leon when the house is sold as she enjoyed Nobbys so much,” Mrs O’Neill said.
Ron London is marketing the property and said it offered a range of possibilities for investment, renovation or redevelopment.
“The value of this property is underpinned by its prestige address and exclusive, irreplaceable position,” he said.
The property is going to auction on October 27.

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