Richard and Suzy Miller at 59 Cavendish St in Stanmore. Credit Mike Naumoff.
FOR vendors Suzy and Richard Miller, their grand circa 1880s Victorian terrace truly is a reflection of their lives.
The property at 59 Cavendish St in Stanmore has been their beloved home for 17 years and is full of mementos from both their careers in the music industry and their passions, like taxidermy, art and quilting.
There are timpanis in the kitchen, from Richard’s near 45 years in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as oriental features and paintings that were picked up by Suzy through her time living in Macau as a teenager.
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The pair peeled back all the paint to reveal many layers of the home’s history.
The pair met when they were 17 and have been together ever since, living in Mosman for around 25 years before moving over to the “dark side” of the inner west, attracted to the culture and edginess. Parts of the house look like a time capsule, with exposed brickwork, original fireplaces, timber and paintwork that the couple maintained to give the house its classic feel.
Once they bought the home they had plenty of work to do though, with all the fireplaces boarded up and paint everywhere, but over the years they have put their own personal touches on it while maintaining the character of the property.
The bedroom with its original features.
“After the war people wanted to live closer to city so many of the big houses were transformed into flats,” Suzy said.
“We loved the idea and thought it was a good opportunity to change it.”
Its unique look and excellent lighting made it a popular location for magazines like Marie Claire to shoot there, while Miranda and Barry Otto as well as Kylie Kwong are just some of the big names who have been guests.
Selling agent Harriet France of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty is marketing it with a price guide of $3 million to $3.3 million and said it was very rare to find a home of this quality in the region. “It is one of Sydney’s largest and grandest terraces,” she said.
The quirky kitchen.
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The pair are gearing up for a tree-change, looking forward to enjoying life out in the country.
It is set to be a sad farewell, but both Suzy and Richard are ready for someone else to enjoy the property’s charm.
“It is really difficult because there is so much of us wrapped up in there,” Richard said.
“We have had our time there and are very grateful for that. What someone does with it is their personal thing but we would be flattered if someone continued it in the way that it is.”
The house goes to auction on November 3.
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