Ah, the serenity — 64 Darley Rd, Manly.
The closure last month of Manly Hospital to make way for the new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest might not have been embraced by every member of the community, but it has a welcome effect on the residents of Darley Rd.
With Manly Hospital located at the top of Darley Rd, streams of ambulances — some with sirens blaring — have been a way of life for residents.
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But now it is quiet, and with news announced this weekend that the State Government is considering plans for an adult hospice similar to Bear Cottage, also in Manly, it is unlikely the rush and howl of ambulances will ever return.
Which is great news if you are looking to buy or sell in this prestige pocket of Manly, which is home so some of the suburb’s loveliest classic cottages.
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As Manly was being settled in the housing boom of the 1880s, Eastern Hill quickly became the best address for the great and the good.
The establishment of the fledging community built solid and impressive homes within an easy walk of the village centre and of their work.
No. 40 Darley Rd was the home of Manly’s first police sergeant. Doctors, magistrates and solicitors also all sought out sites on Eastern Hill.
And this property, at No. 64, was the home of the Wilson family for 70 years.
Classic beauty at 64 Darley Rd.
Many of the original features remain, like leadlight windows.
Mr William Wilson was the local dentist and this building was both his home and his surgery. The solid brick house remained in the Wilson family until 1977.
The house is positioned where Eastern Hill meets the flat of Manly, just a few doors from Ashburner St.
This single-level home was started in the later 1800s and completed in the early 1900s. The house isn’t heritage-listed but it has several period features such as sculpted ceilings, stained glass windows, ornate fireplaces and original tiles on the front porch.
Jake Rowe, of Rowe Partners, said there were even the original gas lights in the walk-in pantry. He is marketing the property, which goes to auction on December 1, with a price guide of $3.5 million.
The rear yard.
Today a big range of people would appreciate this position, just out of Manly central but a short walking to the shops, beach, wharf and restaurants.
Downsizers especially are looking at this house and the lifestyle it offers.
Families might want to consider another storey, giving them more living space.
The 594sqm block is level with plenty of room for a pool at the back. The tandem garage is big enough to take three cars.
Accommodation consists of a granite kitchen, separate living and dining rooms, a laundry and a storage room.
There is a northeast facing front porch and a deep veranda at the back leading to the back garden.