The home of the late Joan Hart at 52 Manning Road is up for sale for the first time in almost 100 years.
THE last time this humble home saw a for sale sign out the front, Australia was only 22 years out from Federation.
It was the same year as the inaugural Anzac Day service and construction was just beginning on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
That was 1923, when Joan Dart moved into her Double Bay home at 52 Manning Rd at the age of seven.
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The northern side of The Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1930 which, shockingly, was taken eight years after this home last sold.
The neighbourhood was a world away from the bustling city-fringe suburb it is today, where the 12-month median house price for freestanding houses is $4.406 million (according to 12 sales reported to CoreLogic).
Real estate agents often refer to the sought-after suburb as a “village” despite it being home to about 5000 inhabitants and sitting only 4kms from the Sydney CBD.
However, in Ms Dart’s day, Double Bay really was just a village on the waterfront.
Over almost a century the neighbourhood boomed around Ms Dart who lived on Manning Rd until her passing at the age of 103 last year.
The main living room.
Now the four-bedroom home, which is on a 385sq m block, is on the market for the first time in 95 years with a $2.5 million price guide.
Georgia Cleary of Bradfield Cleary, who is putting the deceased estate under the hammer on November 12, described the home as having “unlimited potential”.
The kitchen backs onto the dining room.
“It’s just really quite rare to find a freestanding house that’s just so close to everything Double Bay has to offer. They don’t come up very often,” she said.
Ms Cleary added that while many original homes in the street had been knocked down to make way for contemporary residences, this home has great bones to build upon.
“It actually would be a lovely family home with a bit of paint and some simple new additions, it really wouldn’t take too much to bring it up to date,” she said.
One of the bedrooms.
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“Or it could be redeveloped depending on what council would allow.”
The period home has been updated over the past century, but remains ripe for renovation.
With a 16.4m wide street frontage and a northeast-facing garden, the Double Bay property has been attracting developers, but for those buyers seeking a period piece it has high ceilings and big picture windows throughout, a grand entrance hall, spacious lounge room, separate dining room, large bedrooms and there would be scope to add another level.
It is within walking distance of the new Woollahra Library, the revitalised Double Bay dining strip, Cross St boutiques and the Golden Sheaf Hotel. It is also easy access to top eastern suburbs schools and the Edgecliff Centre shops and transport hub.