AN Aldgate home offers a slice of country life in a tight-knit community not too far from the city.
Nick Moir and his sister Alice Moir-Veyret are selling their late parents Angus and Jenny Moir’s Aldgate home of more than 40 years, and Nick says it was a great home to grow up in.
“Mum and Dad moved across from the east coast – Dad was finishing off his studies and then they planned to move back to Canberra, where Dad was from,” Mr Moir says.
“That never happened because they fell in love with the Hills, the property and they loved the lifestyle here. They bought it in the late ’70s and were looking for a classic cottage on a bit of land, and Dad, being an architect, could see the potential for the many alterations and modifications they did to the place. The main renovation they did in the ’80s, and then they continued the process ever since.
“They loved the idea of having dogs, chooks and cats, all of which we had. When we moved in there was a pine forest all the way along the back fence, so we’d explore in there, climb trees and pick mushrooms. Mum had quite an established veggie garden, so I’d help her look after that, and looking after chooks and picking strawberries as a kid was a lot of fun.”
The home has four bedrooms – two of which are serviced by a dressing room and an ensuite. There is also a lounge with a fireplace, a family room with a combustion heater, and a kitchen and dining room at the rear opening out to a courtyard with a vine-covered pergola for outdoor entertaining.
“Mum and Dad entertained a lot and in January Mum would always throw a party out in that courtyard for all her family and friends that had birthdays around that time,” Mr Moir says. “It’s just a really nice private courtyard to entertain in. Everybody loves that house.”
It also has a detached studio Mr Moir says his late father, a keen potter, used for his craft and as an office space for his architectural practice.
The home is surrounded by established gardens and is a short drive from Aldgate and Stirling’s cafes, restaurants and shops. The city is also easily accessible via the freeway
Mr Moir says, as it’s the only family home he and his sister have known, it will be hard to say goodbye to it, and they will cherish the fond memories they have of their time at the property.
“The Hills is a great community, and growing up and going to the local schools, I had lots of friends in the neighbourhood, so it was an idyllic upbringing,” he says.