Real Estate

charming 1800s cottage to sell after more than 30 years

Written by The ReReport

Judy Ormiston is selling her much-loved Northmead home. Picture: Angelo Velardo

A RARE slice of Parramatta’s rich history is for sale.
Dating back to the 1800s, the charming cottage at 31 Glenn Ave, Northmead, has been listed for sale for the first time in 33 years.

Just one look at the old home takes you back in time.

This photo was used to market the home in 1985.

The single-storey house on 1138sq m showcases features from yesteryear, including convict brick walls, an original sandstone step, wooden floors, fireplaces, a bullnosed veranda and a wide hallway with ceiling roses. It even has a cellar.
Set to go to auction this weekend with expectations of more than $1.3 million, the property was bought by the vendor and her family in 1985 for $91,000.


“That was expensive back then — the property we had been renting around the corner sold for about $68,000 when we moved out,” seller Judy Ormiston said.
Ms Ormiston, who has hosted up to 50 guests on the park-like grounds for her children’s milestone birthdays, said the house had always been a local landmark.

The house has been expanded and sympathetically restored.

Old fireplace tiles and an original door are a feature in the kitchen.

“If you drove past it, you couldn’t see anything because there was several feet of ivy hanging all the way across the house from the veranda and it was tucked away behind an old timber fence and gate,” she said.
“Because it was so old and hidden, it was really intriguing; I came home one day and there was an auction sign out the front — three weeks later, we got it.”

Timber floors flow through the home.

One of many bedrooms.

It is believed a land grant was given to an orchardist in 1850 and three rooms of the house were already built. In about 1890 the house’s footprint began to grow.
During her research, the vendor learned its original rooms were said to have once been the Northmead — then Northmeadow — outbuildings for Old Government House.
Ms Ormiston has faithfully upgraded the property since the early ’90s — the bathroom has been restored, the kitchen moved and rebuilt, an extra living area created, and storage and a walk-in pantry added.

Old bricks and what was once an external window.

A sandstone step remains.

“I never thought I would leave … it has been wonderful, a really lovely, calm place to be,” Ms Ormiston said.
“I will always remember watching one of my grandchildren play under the weeping cherry tree; it is like a cubby house on the front veranda.”
Ray White Parramatta Group’s Broderick Wright has shown more than 30 interested groups through the property and contracts had been issued to a mix of buyers, mostly families.
He said contracts had been issued to a mix of buyers, however, the large parcel of land was attracting mostly families.

Original farmhouseJudy Ormiston has made precious family memories at the home. Picture: Angelo Velardo

The property has park-like grounds.


With a charming facade that catches the eye from the street, the much-loved abode has a sweeping front veranda.
Its floorplan is surprisingly spacious and has enough room to accommodate a large family plus some guests.
There are four large bedrooms, two of which have a fireplace. There is also a study, which has been used as a nursery and library by the sellers.

Unwind in the claw foot bath.

Plenty of space inside and out.

The kitchen has been sympathetically updated yet retains parts of the home’s old-world charm.
It has a gas cooktop, a breakfast bar and a timber panelled ceiling with downlights.
Providing separate living spaces, the house comes with formal and casual options — each with plenty of light coming in.
The period bathroom is a highlight. It has warm-toned floor and wall tiles and features a freestanding claw foot bath.


Those who enjoy spending time in the sun will appreciate the property’s park-like grounds which span 1138sq m.
A covered veranda overlooks beautifully maintained gardens and a flat lawn for children to run around on in privacy.
While it feels far removed, the home is only minutes from the heart of Parramatta.

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