Eagle’s nest — 15 Cooper Cl, Beacon Hill.
The long-time home of one of the original Manly Sea Eagles has come to market.
Merve Gillmer, who passed away in November 2016, was the last surviving member of Manly’s inaugural first grade team in 1947.
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He played in Manly’s first ever match against Western Suburbs at Brookvale, and went on to play 21 games for the Sea Eagles.
Merv Gillmer (centre) pictured at his Beacon Hill home in 2015 with current Manly player Jamie Buhrer (left) and former Manly great Steve Menzies.
The house has an awesome view.
And the bonus of a reserve opposite.
It was fitting then that in the late 1960s, he and wife Joyce, now 90, built a new house at 15 Cooper Cl, Beacon Hill, close to his beloved Brookie Oval. Daughter Caroline Gillmer said her dad refused to move from the house as he got older.
“We can hear the cheering from the oval and that brought him great joy in his later years,” she said.
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Mr Gillmer was born in Marrickville but spent most of his life living on the northern beaches.
The dining room.
One of the living areas.
The home he built in Beacon hill has stood the test of time, and has been meticulously maintained over the years.
It has an elevated position, with offering 200-degree ocean and district views that take in the ocean all the way north to Palm Beach, and west across Narrabeen Lagoon, Garigal National Park, and the Baha’i Temple.
The open plan layout includes two living rooms and a dining room that lead out to a large covered deck with Vergola louvres.
Other features include four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and four undercover car spaces.
The double brick construction is a classic design and offers plenty of renovation opportunities, including a swimming pool and granny flat (subject to council approval).
The property is close to state and private primary and secondary schools, as well as Brookvale TAFE, Warringah Mall and public transport.
The home goes to auction on December 1, through Liliana O’Toole and Matt Nicastri, of Cunninghams Property, and has a price guide of $1.9 million.