If the walls of this Gladesville cottage could talk, they may be able to provide some wise words to teenage girls struggling through adolescence.
The five bedroom home at 8 Morrison Rd was the family home of Dr Melissa Kang, who for more than two decades worked as ‘Dolly Doctor’.
She purchased the property 20 years ago through a private sale after a tip off from a friend who knew she had been house hunting in the area.
The 140-year-old classic cottage proved to be an idyllic spot to raise her four children, then aged four to 10.
“I just fell in love with it – I love old houses,” she said.
“It was a little bit squeezy with four young children but we just made it work and we only had one bathroom – it was perfect.”
While living at the property, Dr Kang had the rear of the cottage extended to include a combined living and dining area opening up to a large deck.
The four front rooms, where the bedrooms are located, are still original with high ceilings, timber panelled walls and floorboards.
There was always Dolly magazines lying around the house, although she would not let her children read them until they were at least 12.
“The nice thing about it is that all my own children lived through their own adolescence in that house, while I was writing ‘Dolly Doctor’,” Dr Kang said.
“Sometimes I would ask them how should I respond to this question and get their feedback.”
The family stayed at the property until her three eldest offspring had completed high school and Dr Kang remarried. For the past five years there has been rotating house guests staying there, including both herself and now adult children.
“Living there was a really happy and stable time for all of us, so we are all very emotional about the sale but think it is the right time as we don’t want to rent it out or have it as an investment, ” Dr Kang said.
“We are hoping that another family can be happy for 20 or more years there.”
The property is scheduled to be auctioned on-site on November 16 through Ray White Gladesville and Ryde.