First built as the farmhouse on the old Narrabundah station, this cosy Red Hill cottage presents a rare opportunity to share in a slice of Canberra’s agricultural history.
Set on a sprawling 2148sqm lot, the weatherboard home at 51 Endeavour Street was constructed in 1951 as the family home of Charles Russell, who held the lease to graze sheep and cattle in Red Hill and Narrabundah until 1992.
“Originally, this property was owned by the Russell family and they had the farming rights. Back then Red Hill and Narrabundah was all farming land and Red Hill, as in the hill itself, was used to herd cattle,” said selling agent Stephen Thompson, from LJ Hooker Manuka.
“The original weatherboard cottage burnt down in a fire in 1950 and was rebuilt in 1951, which is the cottage that is there today.
“The current owners bought the property in 1999 and instead of knocking it down and building brand new, they restored the cottage.”
The vendors embarked on a sympathetic renovation and extension to bring contemporary additions to the home while retaining charming hallmarks of its era, including fireplaces, stained glass windows, cornices and architraves.
“One of the rare traits of the renovation is that it’s been done very well so it has that country feel to it,” Mr Thompson said.
“It’s also on one of the largest parcels of land in that area, so you have a big block of land and a weatherboard cottage that is lovely, but it’s not your brand-spanking new, high-end, modern, contemporary home as a lot of them are in the area now.
“In the true sense, it’s a character home, it’s good quality as is, but it’s like a farmhouse.”
The five-bedroom, two-bathroom residence offers a 274sqm floorplan, with north-facing living areas and three separate outdoor spaces.
There is an open fireplace in the formal lounge and dining area, a separate billiard room and plantation shutters fitted to most windows. Modern conveniences include heated towel rails and reverse cycle ducted airconditioning.
Outside, the gardens feature handcrafted stone walls, white roses and manicured hedges, as well as established natives and a Manchurian Pear.
Car enthusiasts will rejoice with garage space to accommodate four vehicles.
Mr Thompson said he is keenly awaiting the outcome when the property goes to auction on 25 July, given its striking differences to other, more modern neighbouring properties.
“This will be a really interesting test case to see what it sells for,” he said.