The last big undeveloped block of land in the northern beaches suburb of Bilgola Plateau has sold at auction with 16 groups fighting for it.
Number 80 Plateau Rd, Bilgola Plateau was an original three-bedroom cottage on a massive 1200sqm block.
Andrew Blake, of Blake Property, said 47 contracts were handed out and 143 prospective buyers inspected the weatherboard cottage which had been held by the same family for 60 years.
“We haven’t seen inquiry levels like this for a long time,” he said.
Bidding opened at $1.54 million for the home last Saturday and the hammer fell at $1.677 million. It is believed the property is one of the largest blocks and longest held in the area. The new owners are a young couple from Dee Why who are moving closer to family.
Pam Purcill, of Belrose on the northern beaches, grew up in the home and remembers a dirt and gravel road, cricket games in the garden and her late mother Elizabeth Flood making jams and pickles for charity in the small kitchen.
“She used a kitchen table as a workbench as well as the benchtop,” Mrs Purcill said.
Mrs Flood was an active member of the Mona Vale Hospital kiosk which raised money for the hospital. The ladies of the auxiliary set up the kiosk in 1964 with a 600 pound loan from the hospital and ten months later they showed a profit of 914 pounds, fourteen shillings and ninepence.
The Floods also built an outdoor cabin in the garden for extended family – an early version of a granny flat.
Builders, developers and young families were chasing the largely untouched home last weekend which had some quirky touches. There was a shelf outside the front door for the milkman to deliver the milk, an ash grate behind the chimney and a dunny in the backyard.
The pale green kitchen even had an old lino floor.
Mrs Purcill said her late father Ralph bought the property in the 1950s before moving to the country for work. He then met and married his wife and brought her back to the home where they raised their family.
A second storey would yield big views of the ocean but the cottage already had distant views of the sea from the bedrooms.
According to realestate.com.au the median price for a house in Bilgola Plateau is $1,677,500 based on 50 sales over the last 12 months.