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two historic gold coast homes going under the hammer this weekend

Written by The ReReport

14 Evans Drive, Benowa.

HOUSE hunters will be given the chance to snap up a piece of Gold Coast history this weekend when two heritage homes go under the hammer.
One of the properties belongs to former National Party Minister and Australian rugby league player Mick Veivers and his wife Betty, who was a prominent Gold Coast teacher and champion golfer.
After living in their Benowa house for 36 years, the couple have decided it’s time to downsize.

QLD_GCB_REALESTATE_AUCTIONS_10NOV2018Former Member for Southport and Australian Rugby League player Mick Veivers and his wife, Betty, who was a prominent Gold Coast teacher and champion golfer, are selling their Benowa home of 36 years. Picture: Jerad Williams

14 Evans Drive, Benowa.

“It’s lovely and it overlooks the park, it’s just that it’s a bit big,” said Mr Veivers, the former Member for Southport.
Mr Veivers knew the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 14 Evans Drive was the right one for them as soon as he stepped inside.
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The house sits on a 1252sq m block and has a number of character features including timber ceilings, exposed brick and an open fireplace.
The Veivers have lived a happy life in the home and made many memories they won’t soon forget, including when Mr Veivers was elected to parliament for the first time.
The house will go to auction tomorrow at noon.

14 Evans Drive, Benowa.

14 Evans Drive, Benowa.

A Palm Beach property owned by the same family for more than 60 years is also going under the hammer this weekend.
Jim and Nell Snee moved into the house at 1048-1050 Gold Coast Highway in 1956.
The couple’s grandson Michael Snee said they bought the beach house to retire in.
“I can remember them getting a floor built downstairs so that they could make a second dwelling,” he said.
“There was no internal staircase in there either – there was one at the front and one on the side of the house.
“The Gold Coast Highway was just a two-lane highway (and) across the road were the sand dunes basically. There were no houses.”

1048-1050 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.

Mr Snee said the house united the family.
“It’s close to the creek so we used to go swimming a lot and have family gatherings,” he said.
“The garage at the back was probably built in the late 1950s. We used to have Christmas dinner in there.”
The three-bedroom, one-bathroom house has been passed down through the generations since the couple passed away in the 1980s.
Mr Snee said while it was sad, it was time to let the house go.
It will go to auction today at 11am.

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