Bronnie Roberts wasn’t looking for love when she bought a pretty cottage in North Turramurra about three years go.
But that’s exactly what she found, and tomorrow she will wed the man who sold it to her.
And in a twist you couldn’t make up – she and fiance Mark become Mr and Mrs Husband.
“Of course I will be taking his name,” she told the North Shore Times.
In fact their entire love story is the stuff of fairytales, with lashings of serendipity.
It began when Ms Roberts started looking for a home for herself and her three children.
The single mum had another property in St Ives, where she planned to do a knockdown/rebuild, but when the opportunity to sell came up, she decided to buy an established home.
She saw No. 41 Ellalong Rd, North Turramurra on the internet and it was going to auction that weekend.
“I had never set foot in it, but I had looked at the floorplan and the pictures,” she said. “I decided to buy it.”
The day after the auction, agent Matt Bolin, of Ray White Upper North Shore, showed Ms Roberts through the home and introduced her to vendor Mark Husband.
Co-incidentally, a single dad with three children, the builder owns Classic Cottages and built the home himself.
The pair exchanged email addresses in case Ms Roberts had any questions about the house, and they parted ways with a handshake.
“For about the next year I emailed Mark at odd times about the house, and then out of the blue I received an email from him to say he had accidentally ordered a bulk dog food delivery to my house,” she said.
“We chatted for a while, he seemed like a really good person but he really didn’t seem interested in me.”
Then Mr Husband’s mail redirection service to his new home stopped, so she started collecting his mail, and emailed him to let him know she would leave it out for him to collect.
“He came around to get it but I didn’t realise the housekeeper had brought all the mail in, including his,” Ms Roberts said.
By this time they had exchanged phone numbers, and a “few funny texts later”, Mr Husband returned to pick up his mail and have a promised cup of tea. By then there was a spark between the pair.
“I liked him and we had another cup of tea and a bit of chit chat,” she said.
“I had to come out and ask him if we were going to go out – so we set a date and we went out. He’s so lovely and I was flat out so in love with him straight away.”
Ms Roberts, who owns local beauty business Face Studio by Bronnie, said they dated for about eight months before deciding to move in together.
So Mr Husband moved back to North Turramurra, and after two years together they decided to get married.
They will tie the knot tomorrow in a low-key wedding with just them and their six children.
“I am locking this man down,” Ms Roberts joked.
“It’s like the universe was really yelling very loudly at both of us to really get it together.
“We have fun and we’re happy and we have so much joy and laughter in our lives. I’m glad I took that leap and bought the house three years ago.”
Once they have their wedding done and dusted, the couple won’t be settling into married life at 41 Ellalong Rd for very long.
Mr Husband has recently sold his home in the upper north shore, while Ms Roberts has listed her home for sale.
Once again Mr Bolin will be managing the sale, albeit with a different vendor this time.
He has set a guide of $2.55 million for the impressive six-bedroom home, and plans to take it to auction on September 26. Within hours of the property hitting the market on Monday, Mr Bolin’s phone was running hot with prospective buyers.
“It is a very well known home in that area and it is going to be very popular,” he said
Already tried and tested by a large blended family, the home also has a pool with cabana, covered deck and self-contained studio at the rear of the property.
Other features include high ceilings, spotted gum hardwood floors, ducted airconditioning, double garage with internal access, and kids’ play area with cubby.
The location is highly sought after, close to buses, Turramurra North Public School and local shops.
Mr Bolin said this was the first property sale he had ever managed that had led to a love affair and a wedding.
“I’ve never heard of it before, I think that it’s a once in a lifetime thing,” he said.
However, he revealed he did sense sparks between Ms Roberts and Mr Husband when he introduced them the day after the auction.
“I definitely thought I saw chemistry when they first met,” he said