At the age of 15, David Hope would tip-toe through the lounge room, fearful of breaking his mother’s treasured trinkets.
ANYONE familiar with Hannah St, Beecroft, will be aware of its rollercoaster topography.
Back in the 1960s and ’70s, David Hope used to fly down Hannah St in a homemade billycart, “racing across Hull Rd hoping no cars would come — you had about two seconds to look and bail out”.
Mr Hope doesn’t recommend that activity for children today.
“You couldn’t do it with increased traffic levels,” he said.
Many daredevil adventures have been filed away in Mr Hope’s memories of a carefree childhood growing up at 50 Hannah St.
Mr Hope’s parents Bob and Barbara bought the double-brick bungalow on 1088sq m when he was 10 years old in 1963.
The family of five includes Mr Hope’s younger brother Andrew and little sister Elizabeth.
Mr Hope said the house hadn’t changed much in the ensuing years, except the toilet was moved inside and a hand basin installed in the bathroom.
David Hope, his brother and sister grew up in the three-bedroom house in 50 Hannah St, Beecroft.
His mother’s collection of knick-knacks were her pride and joy.
Seeing them displayed in a photograph advertising the property for sale evoked another story of a 15 -year-old tiptoeing across the loungeroom.
“I had to be very careful the trinkets didn’t fall off the wall,” Mr Hope said. “The house is full of Mum’s treasures.”
Mr Hope, a vet with a practice at Box Hill, said letting go of the family home was a painful process.
“I feel a bit sick thinking about selling it but you can’t stand in the face of change,” he said.
The property goes to auction on Sunday, November 18, through Conor Arnold at Richardson and Wrench Ryde City — CK Arnold. It has a price guide of $1.8 million.
50 Hannah St, Beecroft.