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original house brought hollywood touch to hamlyn heights

Written by The ReReport

The weatherboard house at 20 Logan St, Hamlyn Heights has been in the hands of one family since it was built in 1951.

AN original Hamlyn Heights house that was ahead of its time for the post-war era has been listed for sale for the first time.
The time capsule property, at 20 Logan St, pushed the design boundaries when it was built in 1951 by incorporating several luxuries rarely seen in suburban houses.
A walk-in wardrobe, inspired by a Hollywood movie, and a bathroom with terrazzo floors and a heated towel rack are some of the features that remain today.

The heated towel rack is an original feature of the bathroom that dates back to the 1950s.

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Judy Hughes and her sister Penny Rutherford grew up in the house, which their father Ron Hughes built on a vacant block beside his parents’ house.
Ms Hughes said her father, a plumber, and mother, Enid, thought outside the box when devising a plan for the house.

Plumber Ron Hughes built the house with the help of friends.

“I think he had that can do attitude and thought ‘if we want it, we will build it’,” she said.
“We always thought it had those few features that we’d never seen anywhere else, those things were really unusual.”
She said her mother pined for a walk-in wardrobe, something she had never come across before, after seeing one in an American movie.

The loungeroom is in immaculate condition.

Mr Hughes, a plumber, installed one with the added luxury of a light that came on when the door was opened.
He also went all out in the bathroom, opting for a black bath and pedestal basin and a rose colour terrazzo floor.
Another unusual feature is the built-in bed in the main bedroom that’s attached to the floor.

Original owners Ron and Enid Hughes on their wedding day.

“The story was that Dad did not want to come home and find the room had been rearranged,” Ms Hughes said.
The house was originally two bedrooms but was extended with an extra bedroom and enclosed porch in the early 1960s.
It sits on 1012sq m of land where the Hughes family originally used to keep ferrets for their regular rabbit hunting expeditions.

A rabbit haul.

Hayeswinckle, Highton agent Michelle Winckle will auction the property on November 24 with price hopes of $650,000-$700,000.

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